Thursday, November 19, 2009

McCain contra Palin

Understandably, John McCain is pushing back against Sarah Palin's vindictive criticism of the McCain team in her memoir, Going Rogue:

There's been a lot of dust flying around in the last few days and I just wanted to mention that I have the highest regard for Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace and the rest of the team... and I appreciated all the hard work and everything they did to help the campaign. I think it's just time to move on.

That's fine, but perhaps McCain needs to be reminded that he picked her -- and therefore is responsible for making her what she has become, what she is today. And while he may want to move on, much of the GOP, and pretty much the entirety of the conservative base that makes up McCain's party, clearly does not. Palin is a joke, yes, as David Brooks said the other day, but she's still hugely popular on the right, and the bitterness, the civil war that divides the GOP, will continue, with Palin on one side and McCain both on the other and in the past. McCain may be right, and his team may be right, and Palin's book may be full of lies, self-absorbed spin, but, with few exceptions, conservatives will side with her over him regardless of his protests.

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  • What does Charles Krauthammer say about Palin? I really respect him -- much more than I do Brooks.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:51 AM  

  • Well -- this is what Krauthammer had to say about Palin back in July:

    Said Charles Krauthammer last night on Fox News:

    "Now, as to Palin, I agree entirely with what Mara said. She is — she has star power without any doubt. She has an extremely devoted following. But she is not a serious candidate for the presidency.

    She had to go home and study and spend a lot of time on issues in which she was not adept last year, and she hasn't. She has to stop speaking in clichés and platitudes. It won't work.

    It could work for eight weeks if you're the number two candidate, as she was last year. But even so, she got singed a lot in that campaign. You cannot sustain a campaign of platitudes and clichés over a year and a half if you're running for the presidency."

    Very interesting. I have to agree. Palin's IQ may be above average, but I think she lacks real intellectual curiosity, and other than her brief stint as Governor of Alaska, she does not have the experience. Oh well - I much prefer Romney anyway. We'll see if the Christian Right eviscerates him again. If they do, I think the nominee might be Huckabee, not Palin. But unless Obama falls to Jimmy Carter or W. levels, I don't think Huckabee could win. Romney could if he could get through the nomination process.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:08 PM  

  • Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro have plenty of "star power." What he's saying indicates all he cares about is getting one of the tribe in office.

    Above average? That's qualification to be the President of the US? 105 is above average - but solidly mediocre and there are at least 150 million above average IQ's in America.

    Her education is third rate at best and unrelated to public service and yet to the Fox insurgency that's far superior to Harvard Law school and substantial intellect.

    Instead of preening about her being above average why don't we ask why her out of 300 million Americans?

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 9:59 AM  

  • No, I think Krauthammer was pretty clear that Palin should NOT be president.

    Oh, what do you know about Harry Truman's education? You may be correct that above average IQ is not good enough, but your elitism on where or exactly what kind is tedious.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:06 AM  

  • Congratulations for working the "elitism" canard into the dumbest line of reasoning yet.

    So you'd prefer a mediocrity and smart people aren't as good as dull people in being president because being smart, they're elitist. Sounds pretty Bolshevik to me comrade - wisdom of the masses and all that.

    Of course it's vintage Mao as well - you learn by doing, not ins school and the peasants are the only ones to be trusted. Down with the elitists, comrade!

    Are you really comparing Palin to Truman? Do you really expect anyone to take that seriously or are you another example of not being quite bright or honest enough?

    Harry Truman didn't support witch burning or roll on the floor speaking in tongues and he didn't walk out of office mumbling like an idiot when things got tough nor did he campaign on lies and slander.

    We need the best we can get and why that escapes you I have no idea except that your preference for dimwits might be a personal defense.

    Elitist, my ass - when you're sick do you go to the doctor from Harvard or the guy who took seven years to squeeze out an undergraduate degree from fourth rate schools and is prone to walking out of the operating room halfway through that open-heart surgery to better serve undisclosed private objectives?

    Enough of the class warfare and the crypto-Marxism. You're ridiculous.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 11:07 AM  

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