Jake Tapper, over at Political Punch, notes that many conservatives are continutally embarrassed by Gov. Sarah Palin. They are speaking out about her inability to understand the talking points she throws out to crowds.
“The thought of Sarah Palin as president gives me acid reflux,” Chris Buckley tells the New York Times. He said his father, the late conservative icon William F. Buckley, “would have been appalled.”
Writes Peggy Noonan, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin “is a person of great ambition, but the question remains: What is the purpose of the ambition? She wants to rise, but what for?…She doesn’t think aloud. She just . . . says things….She does not speak seriously but attempts to excite sensation…
“In the past two weeks she has spent her time throwing out tinny lines to crowds she doesn’t, really, understand. This is not a leader, this is a follower, and she follows what she imagines is the base, which is in fact a vast and broken-hearted thing whose pain she cannot, actually, imagine. She could reinspire and reinspirit; she chooses merely to excite. She doesn’t seem to understand the implications of her own thoughts…
Peggy Noonan wrote a critical op-ed entitled Palin’s Failin that Jake Tapper took a few excerpts from, here are more of Noonan’s observations.
But it’s unclear whether she is Bushian or Reaganite. She doesn’t think aloud. She just . . . says things. She is not as thoughtful or persuasive as Joe the Plumber, who in an extended cable interview Thursday made a better case for the Republican ticket than the Republican ticket has made.
In the end the Palin candidacy is a symptom and expression of a new vulgarization in American politics. It’s no good, not for conservatism and not for the country. And yes, it is a mark against John McCain, against his judgment and idealism.
It doesn’t appear that many conservatives will be voting for the McCain-Palin ticket. Not after reading op-ed’s like that one. Added to that, we have seen the most conservative, right leaning newspapers endorsing Barack Obama. McCain has truly lost his base and his credibility, when he made the destructive decision to have Palin join the ticket. I find myself in the unique position of agreeing with Peggy Noonan’s point of a “new vulgarization in American politics.” It is a new low that is not in the best interest of our country.