This just isn’t shaping up to be a good week for the hockey mom, cum Alaska Governor cum Presidentially ambitious woman named Sarah Palin. First, her own team tried to keep her under a wet blanket while she met with heads of state in the Big Apple, out of fear she might actually have to field questions from the mean ol’ media elites. Then, CNN’s Campbell Brown went into a rare tirade in which she called on the McCain-Palin camp to stop being sexist (i.e. to let Sarah be an adult, strong, politically active woman). Then, when the McCain camp did let her out from under the aforementioned wet blanket, Governor Palin proceeded to sit-down with CBS’s Katie Couric for what was a tremendously cringe-inducing interview.
It appears that the bloom is now coming off the Alaskan rose–in earnest. The CNN Political Ticker is reporting that renown conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of McCain’s choice of Palin as a running mate, now believes that Governor Palin should take her name out of nomination, with all due haste, “for the good of the party.” Click here for the whole article. Here’s a taste:
It was fun while it lasted,” Parker writes. “Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who is clearly out of her league.”
Palin’s interview with Couric drew criticism when the Alaska governor was unable to provide an example of when John McCain had pushed for more regulation of Wall Street during his Senate career. Palin also took heat for defending her foreign policy credentials by suggesting Russian leaders enter Alaska airspace when they come to America. Palin was also criticized last week for appearing not to know what the Bush Doctrine is during an interview with Charlie Gibson.
“If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself,” Parker also writes. “If Palin were a man, we’d all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she’s a woman — and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket — we are reluctant to say what is painfully true.”
Frankly, it’s worth reading Ms. Parker’s entire rant, as it shows the level of despair Palin is sending (thoughtful) conservatives into. Click here for her bit in the National Review.