Conservative Columnist Says Palin Should Leave Race

I’d never heard of Kathleen Parker before now, but she has a post up at NRO calling for Palin to put country first:

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.

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.

Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there. Here’s but one example of many from her interview with Hannity: “Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.”

When Couric pointed to polls showing that the financial crisis had boosted Obama’s numbers, Palin blustered wordily: “I’m not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who’s more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who’s actually done it?”

If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

As much as I despise her extreme right-wing views, I have to say I feel bad for Palin. She was put in an impossible position by a man with no scruples, no ethics, no sense of decency or honor. Part of me says that she could have (and should have) politely turned McCain down when he asked her to be his running mate, but I can also understand that being offered the number two spot in the Republican presidential campaign might have been so flattering to her that she couldn’t bring herself to do so. The ultimate responsibility for this disastrous choice is McCain’s. He ought to be ashamed of himself, although I think he no longer has the capacity for shame, if he ever did.

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