And now another well-known conservative columnist, Kathleen Parker, has declared Palin unfit for the Presidency:
Finally, Palin’s narrative is fun, inspiring and all-American in that frontier way we seem to admire. When Palin first emerged as John McCain’s running mate, I confess I was delighted. She was the antithesis and nemesis of the hirsute, Birkenstock-wearing sisterhood — a refreshing feminist of a different order who personified the modern successful working mother.
Palin didn’t make a mess cracking the glass ceiling. She simply glided through it.
It was fun while it lasted.
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.
[Kathleen Parker, "Palin Should Step Down—for Our Country," syndicated, retrieved from Whittier Daily News, 2008.09.26.]
Parker finds Palin's statements in her interviews as empty as I found them. Filibusters, deadwood, bluster... those are Parker's words, and Parker wants McCain to win.
And because she wants Palin to win, Parker makes this recommendation:
Only Palin can save McCain, her party and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.
Do it for your country.
No liberal spin here. Parker wanted to believe that Palin could prove herself. "Groundbreaking," Parker called Palin's candidacy. Palin's convention speech, said Parker, "showed... strength, conviction, determination, confidence, a willingness to rumble and fearlessness. No caribou caught in the headlights, she." [see Kathleen Parker, "Palin's Palliative," syndicated, from RealClearPolitics.com, 2008.09.05]
But now, as the headlights have stayed on, Parker has seen that initial image replaced with an absence of substance that could wreck the Republicans' chances of keeping the White House.
The McCain-* ticket may have energized one portion of the base, but it's losing another. Parker, George Will, David Brooks, David Frum... how many other leading apologists for the Republican Party will find they can no longer keep a straight face while supporting their presidential ticket?