The Sound and Fury of Sarah Palin
What Conservatives Say About Sarah Palin.
Sarah Palin “represents a fatal cancer to the Republican Party.”
–Syndicated columnist, commentator David Brooks.
“If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.”
–Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker.
“Even at McDonald’s you're interviewed three times before you're given the job.”
–President Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff Ken Duberstein on the vetting of Palin.
“I think it’s a stretch to–in any way–say that she’s got the experience to be president of the United States. She doesn’t have any foreign policy credentials. You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don’t know what you can say. You can’t say anything”
–GOP Senator Chuck Hagel on John McCain’s selection of Palin as his running mate.
“Now I must say I did not think that . . . the Katie Couric interviews were unfair. In fact, if anything, Katie Couric was extraordinarily gentle, even helpful. [Palin] just . . . I don't know what happened. I can't explain it. It was not a good interview. I'm being charitable.”
–Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee on Palin’s interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric.
“She is the biggest joke to be put on a ticket in national politics.”
–Journalist and blogger Andrew Sullivan.
“She makes George W. Bush sound like Cicero.”
–Columnist and Beliefnet.com blogger Rod Dreher.
“I’m still proud of Sarah, but she scares the bejeebers out of me.”
–Wasilla, Alaska, city council member and Palin’s first campaign manager Laura Chase.
“She comes on TV and says, `I want to once again confirm that neither I nor my staff ever holds closed-door meetings.’ Well, we had just been in a closed-door meeting for an hour and a half.”
–Alaska Senate president Lyda Green on Palin’s transparency–or lack of–while serving as governor.
“We're not talking about a great statesman of profound experience whose banner is integrity. We're talking about somebody who, right from the get-go, has been a flashy person who gets into a lot of trouble and really has no credentials for any job . . . I mean, she just begs for adjectives like flaky and wacky. It's very easy to say that the liberal media is caving in on her, and yes, they are; but she has given them a lot of raw meat. The woman is inarticulate, undereducated.”
–Fox News commentator Liz Trotta.
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