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Reagan Speech Writer Agrees Palin A Disaster

October 24, 2008 · 4 Comments

Peggy Noonan was the much valued speechwriter for darling of the Republican Party Ronald Reagan, as well as the creator of such memorable lines as “a thousand points of light” and “read my lips: no new taxes” for George Bush the First.

No friend of Obama or the Democrats, she has been scathing in her assessment of the candidacy of Sarah Palin.  Here are a few excerpts from her opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on October 17, 2008:  “Palin’s Failin.”

But we have seen Mrs. Palin on the national stage for seven weeks now, and there is little sign that she has the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding one hopes for, and expects, in a holder of high office. She is a person of great ambition, but the question remains: What is the purpose of the ambition? She wants to rise, but what for?

No news conferences? Interviews now only with friendly journalists? You can’t be president or vice president and govern in that style, as a sequestered figure. This has been Mr. Bush’s style the past few years, and see where it got us. You must address America in its entirety, not as a sliver or a series of slivers but as a full and whole entity, a great nation trying to hold together. When you don’t, when you play only to your little piece, you contribute to its fracturing.

In the end the Palin candidacy is a symptom and expression of a new vulgarization in American politics. It’s no good, not for conservatism and not for the country. And yes, it is a mark against John McCain, against his judgment and idealism.

While I don’t agree with a great deal of what Peggy Noonan says and believes, I think that she is spot-on in her assessment of Palin.  And it is precisely this conclusion, that Palin is by no means qualified to be Vice President – or God forbid – President, and that her selection reflects so badly on John McCain that it could well cost him the White House.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • Barbara jean // October 24, 2008 at 7:58 am | Reply

    I believed in McCain as an honest experienced moderate
    politican. When he selected the nut, Palin, I was
    absolutley horrified!!! In the last debate ,the subject of stem cell research was raised.
    Mccain said he was for it. No one reminded him that his Bible thumping vp
    is going around the country telling everyone he is
    against it. SHE SCARES ME TO DEATH!!! I now have an
    Obama sign in my front yard!!!

  • terrie // October 24, 2008 at 11:31 am | Reply

    I take offense to Gov Palin “using” her handicapped child as a “selling” point to promote herself and her party of choice.Her son is an infant and she no idea of what roads are in front of her.I am the caregiver for my brother who is 59 years old and has Downs Syndrome.I just hope her little son will have half the love and energy that has been awarded my brother throughout his life.Sarah Palin should walk a day in my shoes…..

  • george // October 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm | Reply

    You know I’ve had the thought that Terrie wrote about Governor Palin using her child as a political prop (even taking him out with her for a freezing cold speech) but didn’t feel like I could say anything or I’d be accused as being against women (which I’m not). Terrie, I don’t pretend to know the sacrifices you’ve made to provide your brother with love and care – but you deserve everyone’s recognition support and love. It’s your work that shows the real soul of America.

  • fran // October 27, 2008 at 12:32 pm | Reply

    Peggy Noonan nailed it!

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