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Buyer’s Remorse

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker wants her money back. Well, not actual money, but she would probably like to take a few words back. If she ever said anything good about Gov. Sarah Palin, she’d like to take that back, please!

From The National Review, by-the-way of The Huffington Post:

As we’ve seen and heard more from John McCain’s running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn’t know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion.

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 …

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

For those counting, The George Will Revolt now includes: David Brooks, Kathleen Parker and Lou Dobbs (although, technically, he hates everyone).

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17 thoughts on “Buyer’s Remorse

  1. HAHAHA! “If BS were currency, she could bail out Wall Street herself.”BWAAHAHAHAHA!It’s true though. The Katie Couric interview is like those wrecks on the highway: you know its gruesome, but you look anywayz, cringing the whole time.Yeah, it’s almost so bad you feel sorry for her, but then you realise no one held a gun to her head. She’s quickly turning to a special case of “When White Privilege Goes Bad.”

  2. romona says:

    That is what happens when you don’t fully look at someone. And why someone from Alaska? And more importantly someone with her credentials, and John McCain is experienced? This seems like a newbie mistake.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The biggest problem with her is that despite her clear lack of qualifications she was selected that is a set back for women. No the glass ceiling was just lowered so she would not trip over it as a thank you for letting everyone look up her skirt.

  4. I have a lot of empathy for people who put their foot in their mouth, because I do it myself sometimes. That’s why I also hit the mute button when I see someone on the TV doing something embarrassing. Although I love Chris Rock, he kept my trigger finger itchy during his Larry King interview. When it comes to Palin, I have a case of schadenfreude and I don’t squirm in my seat when she’s making her gaffes. I have to watch this. I know what goes around, comes around.

  5. I hear you about Chris Rock – how many times can you say “blackie” in one interview without looking like Buckwheat?Unlike Sarah Palin, though, his ass ain’t running for no vice presidency of my United States

  6. Todd S. Gallows says:

    You can add another to the list. Christopher Buckley, satirist and son of Conservative intellectual William F. Buckley.

  7. It has been outright disgusting to see White people in general and Republicans specifically not only defend but embrace being unqualified to this magnitude. Her lack of readiness means nothing since she’s only going to the VP, as if thats not the second in command. But then again, according to Cheney the VP office is almost imaginary and doesnt even exist under the Executive Branch so I guess she wouldnt be second in command.

  8. It has been outright disgusting to see White people in general and Republicans specifically not only defend but embrace being unqualified to this magnitude. this is how I feel. It’s one thing to know abut White Privilege. It’s another thing to have it shoved in your face in the person of Sarah Palin.NOBODY Black who was this fucking incompetent would even be spoken to, let alone perpetrated that they should be taken seriously. you know it. I know it.

  9. every interview she does causes me to laugh and wonder why did she think she could fake this with her five colleges in six years education and beauty pageant experience…simply because she was white?damn. what is she smoking, I want some!

  10. Personally, I like the idea of the leaders of our country being smarter and more educated than me. Since when did education become “elitist” and something bad?

  11. Anonymous says:

    And despite all the gaffes Palin and McCain make, there are still people willing to vote for them which I find disturbing.Sandy

  12. Personally, I like the idea of the leaders of our country being smarter and more educated than me. Since when did education become “elitist” and something bad?When the Black man’s education was seen as more impressive than the White man’s and woman’s. I think we need to send Bill Cosby to dish out some tough love to these ignorant White folks who don’t appreciate education.

  13. I don’t understand why Palin is seen as “Cute and Fuzzy” while Obama is “distant, elitist and uppity??” Middle America loves Palin because she looks like them, but Obama doesn’t and has an ivy league education and is seen as a threat. Palin babbles when answered a question she isn’t programmed to answer by McCain and his camp. She is painful to watch. I don’t understand why the media protects her so much. But, I’m starting to see the facade disappear a little. She has to be exposed for what she is– someone who knows nothing.

  14. The elitist wing of the conservative movement has always been wary of us libertarians coming into the GOP. Sarah Palin is one of the top elected libertarian Republicans in the country, (along with Idaho’s Gov. Butch Otter, and Cong. Jeff Flake of AZ). Of course, she’s going to make some conservatives nervous. They are wary of her libertarian cultural views. This is the woman, after all, who famously fought back against social conservatives in Wasilla who wanted to run all of the bars and taverns out of town. They even started a whisper campaign in Alaska during the 2006 primaries that Sarah wasn’t really a Republican, but rather a “closet libertarian.” She had attended a couple local Libertarian Party meetings seeking their support. But what she loses from the social conservatives, she gains 10 times over in libertarian votes.Figure, Libertarian Bob Barr was polling 6% nationwide in mid-summer. As high as 10% in New Hampshire. And post-Palin he’s now down to 1%. Ever since Goldwater the eastern establishment Republicans have distrusted Western cowboy individualists in the GOP. With Sarah Palin, the libertarian wing of the GOP has finally arrived. Of course, that’s going to make some other Republicans nervous. Get over it Conservatives, THE LIBERTARIANS HAVE ARRIVED!!

  15. eric: A few observations –1) I don’t really see Palin as a Libertarian. She does hold some Libertarian views — pro-free markets, fiscal conservatism and fighting against government corruption. All good things.But her embrace of the religious right (which has only grown deeper since she became the VP nominee) is concerning. Religious conservatives seem to run counter to a lot of Libertarian philosophy, wanting to use government in intervene in people’s personal lives in the form of religion in public schools, pushing religion onto the government, regulating personal behavior, criminalizing human behavior the deem immoral, etc., etc.2) I am so excited that you posted on my blog. I actually hold some Libertarian views along with being a Liberal. I WISH the Libertarians had more pull in the Republican Party. (They would restore some frickin’ SANITY!)Libertarians actually have a political ideology and philosophy to work from. It’s a real thing, with real ideas and values. They’re for individual freedom. I disagree on some things, like a lot of Liberals I sometimes view some Libertarian attitudes as cold when it comes to helping the disadvantaged. But on other issues I find a lot of common ground.After all, the vast majority of our founding fathers (and mothers) held either Liberal or Libertarian beliefs. A conservative back then was a Royalist and as I recall, those people ended up returning to the crown. The whole notion of individual liberty is a cornerstone of Libertarianism and American ideology. Conservatism is largely a more recently created, looser political philosophy that seems to morph at will to fit whatever the current culture war is, stealing bits and pieces for neo-conservatives, neo-liberals, Libertarians and cultural conservatives.So basically, I hope you’ll return to comment, because I welcome different viewpoints (as long as everyone remains civil). While Liberals and Libertarians disagree on the role of government, we’re both for individual freedoms, and I think the cultural conservatives desire to legislate human behavior is something that technically we should both be against.And, obviously, I’m all for the Libertarians making a comeback. I just don’t see Sarah Palin as that pioneer. But if you could, please elaborate how you compare Palin’s former more relaxed views on religion to what she is being sold as to the public today.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Add Andrew Sullivan to the list of outraged GOPers. The Palin flavored kool-aid didn’t sit well with them and they’re puking it up. Sarah Palin’s appeal does resonate with the populist, “us plain folks” against those East Coast, eggheaded wealthy Republicans. Same elements who fought for power in the Republican party after FDR. For a Southern black female to say this – maybe it’s time to bring back literacy test for voting. Yeah, I’m that disheartened.BourgietopiaBecause “elitist” is the new “uppity”.

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