Below is an excerpt from the transcript of this week's "Fox News Sunday", with the panel again discussing Palin (thanks to Bill Kristol). But perhaps even more interesting than the name-dropping is the attempted response by the Huffington Post, which I will discuss later in this post. So, here’s what was said on Fox:
KRISTOL: No, he's on board, expanding the military, winning the war in Iraq, signing the eavesdropping legislation.
Anyway, I think he needs a reform conservative. I mean, the trick is to keep conservatives happy, add some energy to the ticket, and have a genuine reformer. I think that's -- two young governors stand out for me, Sarah Palin of Alaska, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.
Jindal's had a rough couple of weeks in Louisiana. He said he would veto a pay raise, then said he wouldn't, and then ended up doing so, a legislative pay raise.
I think I've got to say Sarah Palin, whom I've only met once but I was awfully impressed by, a genuine reformer, defeated the establishment up there. It would be pretty wild to pick a young female Alaska governor, and I think, you know, McCain might as well go for it.
(NPR's Juan) WILLIAMS: That would be interesting. I mean, that would energize the ticket, which I think is a great thing to do. So I haven't met her, but I just think that's an interesting choice.
...and then a little later in the show:
WILLIAMS: Yes, but I'm saying -- well, OK. But if it's not (Colin Powell), then I would go for someone like a woman, like Kay Bailey Hutchison or...
(Brit) HUME: Sarah Palin.
WILLIAMS: ... Sarah Palin. Go for it.
So, at least two people on the Fox News Sunday panel (Kristol and Williams) think that Gov. Palin is a top-notch VP choice. So, how is the left taking the news? Well, the Huffington Post's Jason Linkins did his best to respond in his weekly wrap-up of the Sunday political shows:
"Palin can actually lay claim to being something of a courageous reformer, she threw down on Frank Murkowski and her own party bigwigs after becoming aware of their rampant lack of ethics. No one should mistake her for being some sort of stealth centrist in the tradition of Olympia Snowe! But, right now, she's more like the John McCain we once knew than the John McCain we're stuck with today. Her being on the ticket would probably be a bad thing, because it would underscore just how far off the mark John McCain has moved from his own reformist credentials."
Read that again carefully. Linkins, who trashes almost everyone else he mentions in the column, has nothing bad to say about Palin. The only criticism he can muster is that she might look too good compared to McCain! Of course, this analysis leaves out the fact that Senator McCain has actually maintained his record as a reformer and is a bone fide American hero to boot. So, I'm sure that he would not feel diminished standing next to a fine VP candidate such as Sarah Palin. In other words, Linkins has no valid criticisms of a Palin nomination. Then he throws in this degrading tidbit.
“Kristol: "I've only met Sarah Palin once, and was very impressed by [her]...a young, female Alaskan governor...McCain ought to go for it." OH, MY, THE OVERTONES. Anyway, McCain is into blondes, Bill.”
In fact, this is his second week attempting to respond to the idea of a Palin candidacy, and I would say that he is 0 for 2. He sounded just as sexist last week:
"Kristol and Juan Williams talk up the chances of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a McCain vice-president, who Wonkette readers will enthusiastically support because Palin is a reformer who kicked out a bunch of corrupt colleagues, has raised a big family, and who is naughty-schoolteacher hot as well." (emphasis mine)
So, he has made himself look like a sexist pig two weeks in a row, and this week he actually tried to argue that Sen. McCain isn't good enough for Gov. Palin! Now, imagine the same reaction from the left-wing punditry and the Obama campaign…every day for two months! McCain could potentially cruise to victory while the Dems try to extract their feet from their mouths!
Now, for the record, I have nothing personal against Mr. Linkins and I highly doubt that he is actually as chauvinistic as he sounds in his columns. However, I do think that his work is worth citing, as it illustrates yet again that there is simply no way to attack Sarah Palin without making a fool of oneself.