By Ben Cohen
Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan wrote a scathing Op-ed piece on Sarah Palin in the Wall St Journal, trashing her politics, and admitting that her selection as VP candidate does not reflect well on McCain. Ouch.
She does not speak seriously but attempts to excite sensation—“palling
around with terrorists.” If the Ayers case is a serious issue, treat it
seriously. She is not as thoughtful or persuasive as Joe the Plumber,
who in an extended cable interview Thursday made a better case for the
Republican ticket than the Republican ticket has made. In the past two
weeks she has spent her time throwing out tinny lines to crowds she
doesn’t, really, understand. This is not a leader, this is a follower,
and she follows what she imagines is the base, which is in fact a vast
and broken-hearted thing whose pain she cannot, actually, imagine. She
could reinspire and reinspirit; she chooses merely to excite. She
doesn’t seem to understand the implications of her own thoughts......
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.