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Peggy Noonan And Kathleen Parker Survey The Flaming Train Wreck That Is The GOP

I do loves me the smell of a wingnut circular firing squad in the morning.

First, Nooners unloads on Pitbull Palin:

…we have seen Mrs. Palin on the national stage for seven weeks now, and there is little sign that she has the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding one hopes for, and expects, in a holder of high office.

She is not as thoughtful or persuasive as Joe the Plumber, who in an extended cable interview Thursday made a better case for the Republican ticket than the Republican ticket has made. In the past two weeks she has spent her time throwing out tinny lines to crowds she doesn’t, really, understand. This is not a leader, this is a follower, and she follows what she imagines is the base, which is in fact a vast and broken-hearted thing whose pain she cannot, actually, imagine.

In the end the Palin candidacy is a symptom and expression of a new vulgarization in American politics. It’s no good, not for conservatism and not for the country. And yes, it is a mark against John McCain, against his judgment and idealism.

It’s not "new", Nooners and it’s not "American politics." Palin is the perfect pick for your party since they made belief in biblical literalism a requirement for all candidates.

Meanwhile, Kathleen Parker thinks the Palin pick has exposed what the rest of us have always known about the GOP:

Like Buckley, I have enjoyed a decent fragging for suggesting that Sarah Palin excuse herself from the Republican ticket.

What gives here?

What does it mean that the right cannot politely entertain dissenting opinions within its ranks?

There’s never been anything nothing "polite" about a political movement led by Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and a party that has accused Democrats of being traitors while demonizing minorities — going on four decades now. 

That Parker only sees it now is astonishing.

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