Wednesday, September 3, 2008

GOP Pundits Call "Political B.S." on McCain and Palin

Days Until Bush Leaves Office = 138

Tell us something we don't already know:

The audio is a little garbled, so here's a transcript:

Mike Murphy, former McCain advisor: "You know, because I come out of the blue swing state governor work. Engler, Whitman, Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. And these guys, this is all like how you want to (inaudible) this race. You know, just run it up. And it's not gonna work."

Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter: "It's over."

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

NBC's Chuck Todd: "Don't you think the Palin pick was insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too (inaudible)."

Noonan: "I saw Kay this morning."

Murphy: "They're all bummed out."

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

Noonan: "The most qualified? No. I think they went for this, excuse me, political [B.S.] about narratives and (inaudible) the picture."

Murphy: "I totally agree."

Noonan: "Every time the Republicans do that because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at and they blow it."

Murphy: "You know what's really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism and this is cynical."

Todd: "And as you called it, gimmicky."


Anonymous said...

Sounds like y'all are running scared! After the Palin speech, MSNBC anchors looked like they'd just been to a funeral and were in shock! And, of course, now they're GONE!

Gosh, fellas, she's only running for VP, not president!

I guess the attacks wouldn't be so strong if you weren't so worried. Pity...

iPol said...

• The opinions expressed in the clip were not from MSNBC journalists, or even from Democratic commentators, but from two veteran Republican heavyweights, one of whom (Mike Murphey) has had close ties to John McCain.
• The point being that even GOP stalwarts are appalled by John McCain's choice of someone so manifestly unqualified as Sarah Palin to be second in line for the Oval Office.
• Neither of the MSNBC anchors that are now "GONE!" (Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews) were involved in this clip. The segment was hosted by NBC's chief political correspondent Chuck Todd, whose role with the network remains unchanged.

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