A Few Conservatives Recovering from PDS

Update for you real quick on a political sickness that has been sweeping the networks, PDS (Explained and Defined here…simple definition: Anyone who *really* think that Palin is qualified to be President).

Previously we mentioned on Kathleen Parker of the NRO had recovered from PDS. Here is her recounting her post-recovery experiences.

First up in David Brooks, neoconservative commentator at the NYT (boooo!!!…oh wait…is this a Palin rally, or rational people…I mean…who the hell boos a newspaper?*). He used to be a PDS sufferer, now he’s getting better.

You can read more here.

[Sarah Palin] represents a fatal cancer to the Republican party. When I first started in journalism, I worked at the National Review for Bill Buckley. And Buckley famously said he’d rather be ruled by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone book than by the Harvard faculty. But he didn’t think those were the only two options. He thought it was important to have people on the conservative side who celebrated ideas, who celebrated learning.

[And on Obama]

Obama has the great intellect. I was interviewing Obama a couple years ago, and I’m getting nowhere with the interview, it’s late in the night, he’s on the phone, walking off the Senate floor, he’s cranky. Out of the blue I say, ‘Ever read a guy named Reinhold Niebuhr?’ And he says, ‘Yeah.’ So i say, ‘What did Niebuhr mean to you?’ For the next 20 minutes, he gave me a perfect description of Reinhold Niebuhr’s thought, which is a very subtle thought process based on the idea that you have to use power while it corrupts you. And I was dazzled, I felt the tingle up my knee as Chris Matthews would say.

And George F. Will, whom I made fun of here.

Famed conservative columnist George Will told a gathering of Senate aides on Monday that Gov. Sarah Palin is “obviously” not prepared to assume the presidency if necessary, two event attendees told the Huffington Post.

Appearing at a Senate Press Secretaries Association reception at the Cornerstone Government Affairs office, Will offered a harsh assessment of John McCain’s running mate.

Palin is “obviously not qualified to be President,” he remarked, describing her interview on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric as a “disaster.”

[full story]

Note this is from a couple weeks back and he might have re-lapsed since then. More on this as it becomes available.


CLEARWATER, Fla. — “Okay, so Florida, you know that you’re going to have to hang onto your hats,” Sarah Palin told a rally of a few thousand here this morning, “because from now until Election Day it may get kind of rough.”

You betcha. And the person dishing out the roughest stuff at the moment is Sarah Palin.

“I was reading my copy of the New York Times the other day,” she said.

“Booooo!” replied the crowd.

Palin Problem by Kathleen Parker on National Review Online (?!)

As we’ve seen and heard more from John McCain’s running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn’t know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion.

Yes, she recently met and turned several heads of state as the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York. She was gracious, charming and disarming. Men swooned. Pakistan’s president wanted to hug her. (Perhaps Osama bin Laden is dying to meet her?)

And, yes, she has common sense, something we value. And she’s had executive experience as a mayor and a governor, though of relatively small constituencies (about 6,000 and 680,000, respectively).

Finally, Palin’s narrative is fun, inspiring and all-American in that frontier way we seem to admire. When Palin first emerged as John McCain’s running mate, I confess I was delighted. She was the antithesis and nemesis of the hirsute, Birkenstock-wearing sisterhood — a refreshing feminist of a different order who personified the modern successful working mother.

Palin didn’t make a mess cracking the glass ceiling. She simply glided through it.

It was fun while it lasted.

Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

Palin Problem by Kathleen Parker on National Review Online.

Jeez, ya think?

I had originally predicted that the Palin nomination would lead to a 10-point Obama lead within the week.  It took a couple weeks longer than what I thought (our media is pretty slow at expressing the blindingly obvious…but it usually still gets there), but here we are (9 points in one poll…plus the margin of error).

I don’t think things will change that much in McCain’s direction now, especially with the latest “suspended” campaign idiocy.  Yea…right…you are so important you can’t possible take a couple hours to sit down with the guy you are running against.    What a load of crap.

I’ll have another post on that, which will probably include a bit of the debate as well.