Saturday, September 27, 2008

More cringing? No Thanks!

For eight years, anyone with any kind of education in the United States has cringed every time President Bush spoke publicly. Hell, even when he spoke privately it was a problem. His faux pas and repeated gaffes embarrassed members of his party as well as anyone who didn’t like his politics.

Are you ready to cringe for another four? Because right wing pundit Kathleen Parker of the National Review thinks that’s what Americans will have to do if Palin becomes VP. She’s openly asking Palin to step out of the race:

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.

Parker quotes palin twice to make her point:

Palin on 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.”

and later, Palin to couric:

“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?”

Well, after Bush, one could say this form of garbled, meaningless miscommunication is Presidential, but parker tells Palin to step down.

"Do it for your country," Parker concludes.

I don’t imagine parker’s call will be heeded. It’s just that Republicans don’t ever really do much for their country. They think of themselves, Wall Street and their Big Business Buddies first.

1 comment:

Eric Dondero said...

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%.

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!!