From the Mouths of Republicans
“Sarah Palin has many virtues. If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she'd be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.” – David Brooks, conservative columnist at the New York Times
"I think it's a stretch to, in any way, to say that she's got the experience to be president of the United States." – Republican Senator Chuck Hagel
“One of the oddest choices in the history of presidential politics. This may go down as the most peculiar Vice President choice there has ever been.” – Ben Stein, Nixon speechwriter
"The most qualified? No. I think they went for this, excuse me, political bullshit about narratives.” – Peggy Noonan, Ronald Reagan’s primary speechwriter.
“Now that we've seen the entirety of the Palin-Gibson tete-a-tete, I concur with Rich Lowry and Rod Dreher. The most that can be said in her defense is that she kept her cool and avoided any brutal gaffes; other than that, she seemed about an inch deep on every issue outside her comfort zone.” – Ross Douthat, The Atlantic
“McCain’s opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir – the person in whose hands he would leave the country – is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not.” – Richard Cohen, conservative columnist for The Washington Post
“Palin has been governor for about two minutes. Thanks to McCain’s decision, Palin could be commander-in-chief next year. That may strike people as a reckless choice; it strikes me that way. And McCain's age raised the stakes on this issue... Can anyone say with a straight face that Palin would have gotten picked if she were a man?” – Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review Online
“The choice also says a lot about McCain. First, that he is a bit desperate … Second, that he is one arrogant SOB. McCain is essentially telling the world that he doesn't really need a Vice President.” – Shannen Coffin, National Review Online
"My perspective is that the ticket is Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden, that they have the breadth of experience, I think they are prudent, they are knowledgeable. We just can't use four more years of the same kind of policy that's somewhat hazardous, which leads to recklessness." – Maryland Republican Rep. Wayne Gilchrist
“It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?” – George Will, conservative columnist for the Washington Post, who also said in the same piece “So, is not McCain's party now conducting the most leftist administration in American history?”
"If it were your decision, and you were putting your country first, would you put an untested small-town mayor a heartbeat away from the presidency?" -- David Frum, National Review
"If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself." Kathleen Parker, National Review Online.