Sarah Palin Chronicles: Myth #7: She’s Capable!

Jello Heads, are you as anxious as I am for this week’s Vice Presidential debates?  Admittedly, there is a tiny bit of nervousness in the House of Jello, because there are some folks who say that Sarah Palin’s train wreck interview with Katie Couric last week was merely a clever ploy to lower expectations.  (If that’s the case, then I say “Sarah Palin: Job well done!”)

No, I tend to think that the latest interview revealed more of the real Sarah Palin. And you’ve got to admit, it doesn’t look good when even your own supporters now think you’re in waaaay over your head. Like Kathleen Parker of the New York Times, for example:

Palin should step down, conservative commentator says

Prominent conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, said Friday recent interviews have shown the Alaska governor is “out of her league” and should leave the GOP presidential ticket for the good of the party ….

It was fun while it lasted,” Parker writes. “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….”

“Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves,” Parker writes. 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.”

Parker’s comments follow those by prominent conservatives David Brooks, George Will, and David Frum who have all publicly questioned Palin’s readiness to be vice president.

“Sarah Palin has many virtues,” Brooks wrote in a recent column. “If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she’d be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.”



  1. No, but unbelievably there were some otherwise reasonable adults who thought her confidence = ability. Even they can’t say that with a straight face anymore, it seems!

  2. Remember, George Bush and Dick Cheney are also very “confident” folks, too…

    What’s scary to me is that I heard Ms. Parker on NPR today, and she’s a far-right conservative and I agree with her. That was bad enough, agreeing with someone like that.

    Then the Rethugs managed to get the bailout deal kiboshed, and I agree with them, too, but not for the same reasons (which in the case of the GOP – the Grumpy Old Poopypants – means that that mean lady Nancy Pelosi, who usually gives in to whatever they want, said some mean things and that hurt their girly-man feelings and so they just decided to hold their breaths till they turned blue, er… red and then they voted against their own prez’dent AND her. So there.)

    Twice in a day? That’s terrifying.

  3. can’t wait to see who saturday night live gets to play biden! if all goes well, sarah palin will be crippled by the end of this week.

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