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Peggy Noonan on Palin: ‘It’s Over’

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Posted on Sep 3, 2008

The hot mike phenomenon continues to yield fruit. Here Peggy Noonan and former McCain strategist Mike Murphy lament the Palin pick, while they think no one is listening. As Taegan Goddard points out, Noonan contradicts her own column with the statement, “It’s over.”

MSNBC:

Update: Peggy Noonan has revised her column in light of the incident and, dare we say, it seems that the lady doth protest too much.

Transcript via The Huffington Post:

Chuck Todd: Mike Murphy, lots of free advice, we’ll see if Steve Schmidt and the boys were watching. We’ll find out on your blackberry. Tonight voters will get their chance to hear from Sarah Palin and she will get the chance to show voters she’s the right woman for the job Up next, one man who’s already convinced and he’ll us why Gov. Jon Huntsman. (cut away)

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Peggy Noonan: Yeah.

Mike Murphy: You know, because I come out of the blue swing state governor world: Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. I mean, these guys—this is how you win a Texas race, just run it up. And it’s not gonna work. And—

PN: It’s over.

MM: Still McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech to do himself some good.

CT: I also think the Palin pick is insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too.

PN: Saw Kay this morning.

CT: Yeah, she’s never looked comfortable about this—

MM: They’re all bummed out.

CT: Yeah, I mean is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?

PN: The most qualified? No! I think they went for this—excuse me—political bullshit about narratives—

CT: Yeah they went to a narrative.

MM: I totally agree.

PN: Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.

MM: You know what’s really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical.

CT: This is cynical, and as you called it, gimmicky.

MM: Yeah.

 


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By rick, September 4, 2008 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment
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It’s over allright. For Peggy Noonan and the rest of the cyber attackers. Next time try giving someone their fair say before attempting to gut them like a fish. 

Palin made all the trash talkers eat a big moose dropping last night.

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By lawlessone, September 4, 2008 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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Nice spin, Ms. Noonan, but don’t assume that is a compliment.  Frankly, your entire “explanation” strikes me as what you euphemistically refer to (when you are not on a live mike that is) nothing but a collection of “barnyard epithets.”

Why is it that self described journalists like Ms. Noonan are almost never punished by their employers for being unprofessional, condescending, cowardly, lazy, herd-like, stupid, consistently wrong or, more importantly, intellectually dishonest?  Why are biased politicians like Karl Rove hired and given the misleading title of “reporter?” 

Over the past two decades, the so-called Profession of Journalism has degenerated into a cacophony unworthy of any such designation.  Journalists, thanks to arrogant, prima donna, self centered hacks dazzled by their perceived brilliance and assumed entitlement like Ms. Noonan and Mr. Rove, have become almost as distrusted as used car salesmen.

To be a true profession, the job requires strict ethics and standards which result in a loss of license to practice when the standards are violated.  Unlike the medical, legal and accounting professions, that is certainly not true of journalism.  That’s really sad because our nation desperately needs real journalists who are true professionals.  So long as the field is dominated by the likes of Ms. Noonan and Mr. Rove though, that will never happen.

Thanks Ms. Noonan for continually letting us down and letting the politicians you are supposed to be watching know once again just how easily journalists can be manipulated and how dishonest they presently are.

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By Eric L. Prentis, September 4, 2008 at 10:40 am Link to this comment
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Sen. McCain went for broke in selecting Gov. Palin for his running mate. This is his inveterate gamblers approach to making all or nothing decisions, i.e., McCain really doesn’t want to be president and now has someone to blame when his presidential aspirations crash and burn.

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By Tony Wicher, September 4, 2008 at 10:15 am Link to this comment

martin weiss, September 3 at 3:52 pm #


You mean the two-faced, hypocritical lies, distortions and outright calumnies of so-called “Conservative” so-called “thinking” may fail to fool those stupid Americans who vote against their own interests, who send their children to die in Iraq and Afghanistan without questioning “why?” and are blind to cuts in nutrition for pregnant mothers and tax cuts and “refunds” for big oil—who don’t mind if a few thousand disabled veterans sleep in the streets, who cut funds for educating teens about birth control and end up with pregnant teenage daughters, you mean the old “Big Lie” won’t work? What about the Reichstag fire, what about 9/11? What about the Patriot Act cutting the heart out of the Bill of Rights? Surely we can round up the protesters into barbed-wire surrounded “free speech zones” and continue to extract trillions of dollars from the taxpaying suckers?
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martin,

I don’t know who you are responding to, but yep, I’m saying that. Obama is saying that. You can’t fool the people every time, and this is the time. Not this time. Not this year. The marks are wising up. The Reality Movie is fading. The people are waking up at last. The inherent decency of the American people is finally asserting itself in the movement to elect Barack Obama. Every American of good will and political awareness must support this ticket with everything they have. This is our golden opportunity and our last chance.

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By moineau, September 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm Link to this comment

nothing much to add ‘cept to say, good point, troublesum.

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By 1twenty1, September 3, 2008 at 11:02 pm Link to this comment
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I watched in almost disbelief as a Republican V.P. nominee stood on stage after her acceptance speech with her family including her very pregnant and unwed daughter holding hands with her boyfriend.  I wonder how this really plays with the “values” crowd in the party.  Something about it was really bizarre considering the uprightness touted and espoused so much       by this lot.  Hollowness with a worldwide resounding echo comes to mind.  Is the Republican party indeed about to collapse under the weight of it’s own hypocrisy?

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By akbirdwm, September 3, 2008 at 9:15 pm Link to this comment
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Palin is an extreme right wing fundamentalist.  She has tried to burn books during her tenure as Mayor of Wasilla, she is against a women’s right to make reproductive choices over her own body, wants to teach Creationism in our schools, but not sex education, only abstinence-only, isn’t convinced that global climate change has anything to do with Man’s actions, and thinks the War in Iraq is a God given mission.  And though she ran on a “Transparency in Government” slogan for Governor, we’ve discovered she’s as transparent as our glacial silt-filled rivers.  Palin is not going to bring any change to the Republican Party, except to move it, and our Country backwards to the Stone Age again.

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By mackTN, September 3, 2008 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment

Propaganda.  Anyone listening to these red ones wax poetic about Palin and her child Saint Bristol, even Laura Bush—you realize they are lying.  They don’t believe for one minute that this woman is all that.  It’s easy for Campbell Brown to trip the Tucker guy—anytime you knock these people off script, force them to answer your question and not give a canned speech—they get flustered.

Olympia Snowe did the best she could with the Palin question, saying that McCain picked the best person for him (not so much the best person). Of course, Kay, Olympia, Collins—they weren’t trophy enough for McCain.  He wants beauty queeens in his cabinet.

Credibility.  Every guy that hits the stage crowing about Palin loses it.  If they can lie about Palin, they’ll lie about anything for the sake of politics. 

Peggy Noonan just cashed in her own legacy for nothing.

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By Mudbones, September 3, 2008 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment

She still didn’t come clean in her revision on the WSJ.

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By troublesum, September 3, 2008 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment

They can’t say on the air what they really think and that’s what is wrong with the msm.  They can say only what their corporate owners allow them to say.
Now if you tell that to Chuck Todd he’ll argue with you.  Modern sound systems are great.

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By martin weiss, September 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment

You mean the two-faced, hypocritical lies, distortions and outright calumnies of so-called “Conservative” so-called “thinking” may fail to fool those stupid Americans who vote against their own interests, who send their children to die in Iraq and Afghanistan without questioning “why?” and are blind to cuts in nutrition for pregnant mothers and tax cuts and “refunds” for big oil—who don’t mind if a few thousand disabled veterans sleep in the streets, who cut funds for educating teens about birth control and end up with pregnant teenage daughters, you mean the old “Big Lie” won’t work? What about the Reichstag fire, what about 9/11? What about the Patriot Act cutting the heart out of the Bill of Rights? Surely we can round up the protesters into barbed-wire surrounded “free speech zones” and continue to extract trillions of dollars from the taxpaying suckers?

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By Maria, September 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment
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Sarah Palin left a $20 million deficit as Mayor of Wasilla, town with a population of about 9,000.
Bush is spending some 3.5 billion per week in Iraq, on the illegal war for oil. As a small change, he gave 1 billion to Georgia, I guess to restore their military so that we all feel “safer.” American children and veterans are now safely separated from this money
How much Palin, if elected, would continue bankrupting the USA, judging from her spectacular profligacy in Wasilla?

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