Former Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan should get a good conduct metal for finally just coming out and saying what not a few Republicans and many more Americans must be thinking:
The most qualified? No! I think they went for this -- excuse me-- political bullshit about narratives .... 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.Republican political consultant was also heard over the microphone agreeing with Noonan and saying:
You know what's really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical.Again, this is a total indictment of John McCain's judgment out of the candid, unfiltered mouths of Republicans.
Here's the video with the audio of Noonan, Murphy, and MSNBC commentator Chuck Todd:
UPDATE: In linking Noonan and Murphy's comments, Kate Phillips adds:
The McCain campaign — especially Steve Schmidt, its chief strategist, has been slamming the media for questioning whether Ms. Palin was properly vetted, and campaign surrogates from former rivals of Mr. McCain like Mitt Romney and Rudolph Giuliani have fanned out across the TV networks and cable TV to defend Ms. Palin’s credentials.
But even one of Senator McCain’s top campaign representatives — Meg Whitman — told Fox News today that it was perfectly fair and “the right thing to do” for the media to scrutinize Ms. Palin’s background and the selection process. Just as it had for Senator Barack Obama or Mr. McCain, she added.
She also dismissed another charge being leveled by top McCain aides and Republicans who are complaining about how Ms. Palin has been treated. Asked whether sexism in the media was at play here, Ms. Whitman, said: “I wouldn’t say there really has.”