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Caught on Tape! GOP Strategists Call Palin Choice Gimmicky

The Sarah Palin VP pick was described today as "political bullsh*t," "gimmicky," and "cynical." No, these aren't the labels attached by Democrats or the liberal media; rather they were uttered by two longtime Republican strategists.

The top Republican advisers — Peggy Noonan (a Reagan speechwriter) and Mike Murphy (ex-McCain aide) — got caught saying what they really think about VP nominee Sarah Palin. While chatting off-air, MSNBC's Chuck Todd asked Noonan if Palin was the most qualified woman the Republicans could nominate. Noonan said, "The most qualified? No. I think they went for this, excuse me, political bullsh*t about narratives. Every time the Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and that's not what they're good at, they blow it."

Remember when Jesse Jackson got caught saying some not-so-nice things about Barack Obama? Well it looks like the curse of the hot mic has come upon the Republicans, too. Have a listen for yourself. Do you think we'll see any public defection soon, or are the Republicans confident about Palin?

Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I figured there was probably a lot of grumbling behind the cheerful, confident, and united GOP facade :)
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
"I do wish people could evaluate with a little less bias, though." I agree, Kimbo.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
It is gimmicky. Doesn't take a pundit to realize that. Nice to know they've been putting us on, though.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
And, as to Palin's speech, of course Republicans are going to like it and Democrats aren't. I do wish people could evaluate with a little less bias, though. I will admit that Hillary's speech was good and accomplished its purpose, even though I didn't agree with what she was saying. My boss (a hardcore Dem) just came in and admitted the Palin's speech was good, fired people up, and accomplished its purpose, even though she doesn't agree with what the speech said.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
And Tinkerbell (from forever ago), you need to more clearly examine what people in the Republican party consider sexist. As has been explained many times here on Citizen, people can say that Sarah Palin is the target of sexism without saying any criticism of Palin is sexist.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I don't get the Al Gore argument. He ran for VP in 1992, just like Palin is running for VP now. And, I see why this is newsworthy, but I don't see why people on here are making such a big deal out of it. McCain hasn't been popular with the Republican establishment for years.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
...And they would be correct.
Ginger Ginger 9 years
If a Republican had told Hillary Clinton (or Nancy Pelosi, or any other successful woman) that she could not run for office, that she had responsibilities to her family, there would have been a massive outcry. Nancy Pelosi waited until her youngest child was a high school senior before she ran for an elected office. Hilary Clinton waited until her daughter was in college before she ran for office. Both put the well being of their children ahead of their political climb. But no doubt if they had run for office while their kids were still young, the "family values" party would have been happy to make an issue out of it. There was a huge scandal over Hilary's lack of cookie baking when Bill ran for president.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
"You should not "prove yourself" AFTER being nominated for VP." You should also not "prove yourself" AFTER being nominated for President. Palin already has a clear and consistent record and an exemplary approval rating. By "prove herself" I meant "make her case to the public." Note that I said "public," not "drooling fanboy media and analysis goons".
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
WOW, you would think these "media personalities" would know better. Foolish behavior, hyped up on caffeine.
janneth janneth 9 years
That emoticon was the closest I could get to a "venus". Have a good night,and let's try not to think about Palin et al for a few hours!
organicsugr organicsugr 9 years
No. Are you trying to flirt with me?
janneth janneth 9 years
janneth janneth 9 years
Excuse me. organic. Are you targeting me (my avatar) with your venus remark??
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
an older lady not old lady
janneth janneth 9 years
Oops, sorry. I personally find her very pretty. What I was trying to say is, what kind of a comment is this: "they don't like her because she is pretty".
organicsugr organicsugr 9 years
She's no venus de milo.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
for an old lady
janneth janneth 9 years
Pretty? Are you kidding?
knightime knightime 9 years
so true janneth
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
letsgetloud that is a pretty out there comment my fiance and i agree she is very attractive
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Sorry, I didn't post that last comment promptly, I ran off to watch the speech.
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 9 years
Laine,they just don't like her because she is pretty :D
janneth janneth 9 years
You should not "prove yourself" AFTER being nominated for VP.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
As a woman who was raised to believe that I can do everything, that I can have it all, I'm extremely disappointed in women's responses to this nomination. If a Republican had told Hillary Clinton (or Nancy Pelosi, or any other successful woman) that she could not run for office, that she had responsibilities to her family, there would have been a massive outcry. As someone who wants to have faith in the intelligence and objectivity of the American voter, I'm appalled and depressed with how few people want to give Sarah Palin a chance to prove herself. She has not even given her acceptance speech yet, but she's been roundly condemned as a small-town hick, a bad mother, and just generally not sophisticated enough to be permitted into decent society. As for the post at hand, the fact that two Republicans question the choice just proves to me that the GOP is the party of critical consideration instead of knee-jerk groupthink. And I am just outrageous enough to believe that's a good thing.
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