What Conservatives Say About Conservatives

Let's turn to the experts on conservative, the real conservatives!

JOHN MCCAIN

In the 2000 Republican primary, only four out of 55 Republican senators (those who should know him best) supported McCain for president.

"I don't think [McCain] has the temperament and leadership ability to move the country in the right direction … I don't know anybody in Washington who has worked extensively with the senator from Arizona who doesn't have a story to tell."
— Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum on John McCain.

"The thought of McCain being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."
— Republican Senator Thad Cochran.

"I didn't want this guy anywhere near a trigger."
— Republican Senator Pete Dominici explaining why he wouldn't endorse McCain in the 2000 primary.

"Here this poor guy is thinking he has done a good job, and he gets a new butt ripped because McCain didn't look good on television. There were an awful lot of people in the room. You'd have to stick cotton in your ears not to hear it. McCain was screaming at him, and he was red in the face."
— Former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party Jon Hinz on an incident in 1986 when McCain exploded in a foul-mouthed rage a young volunteer had set up the wrong sized lectern for McCain, who had earlier in the evening had just won his seat in the Senate. So this is how McCain acts when he is happy!

"We’re in a different place on immigration; we’re in a different place on campaign reform; we’re in a different place on same–sex marriage; we’re in a different place on the president’s policy on interrogation of detainees. I'm a conservative Republican."
— Mitt Romney on the difference between himself and John McCain.

"His whole career is wrapped up in the military, national security. He's in Putin's face. He's threatening the Iranians. He wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years. What John McCain is telling you is what he's promising you. What he said is, "Make no mistake, there are going to be more wars." That is straight talk. To be quite frank, you get John McCain in the White House and I do believe we will be at war with Iran. That is one of the things that makes me very nervous about him."
— Pat Buchanan, former Republican presidential candidate

"When the deregulation was the wave through Washington, he surfed that wave. Now it's not, and the populist inside John McCain is out."
— George Will, conservative columnist

"The number of fellow Senators who think John McCain is psychologically unstable is large. 'The man is unhinged,' one Senator told me. 'He is frighteningly unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.'"
— Jack Wheeler, former Republican operative

"A McCain presidency will be the destruction of the Republican Party."
— Rush Limbaugh, conservative talkshow host

SARAH PALIN

"She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials. You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what to say. You can't say anything. I think they ought to be honest about it and stop the nonsense about, 'I look out my window and see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia.' That kind of thing is insulting to the American people."
— Chuck Hagel, Republican Senator

"The choice of Palin remains deeply problematic. It's clear that McCain picked her because he had decided that he needed a game-changer. The vice president's only constitutional duty of any significance is to become president at a moment's notice. Palin is not ready."
— Charles Krauthammer, conservative columnist

"The man who would be the oldest to embark on a first presidential term has chosen as his possible successor a person of negligible experience."
— George Will, conservative columnist

"The most qualified? No. I think they went for (Palin), excuse me, political (expletive) about narratives. 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."
— Peggn Noonan, conservative speechwriter

"She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"
— Lyda Green, Republican member of the Alaskan senate (who represents Palin's hometown of Wasilla)

"She's not qualified, she doesn't have the judgment to be next in line to the president of the United States."
— Larry Persily, who until June worked in Governor Palin's Washington office as a congressional liaison

"(Trying to make Palin) the VP of our country is probably the worst mistake of (McCain's) entire life."
— Sherry Whitstine, conservative Alaskan blogger

"Most people would acknowledge that, regardless of her charm and good intentions, Palin is not ready for the top job. McCain seems to have put his political interests ahead of the nation’s when he created the possibility that she might fill it."
— Jim Whitaker, Republican mayor of Fairbanks, Alaska

"She doesn't know enough about economics or foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion. Palin's recent interviews… have revealed a candidate who is out of her league. If BS was currency, Palin could bail out Wall Stree herself. She should bow out."
— Kathleen Parker, conservative columnist

"I have been disturbed about the choice (of Palin) from the start, as you know. And I have not seen any reason to feel less disturbed … She really could be president! And here's where my fellow conservatives really worry me. They are so attracted by the symbolism of the selection that they show no concern — never mind for her executive competence — even for her views."
— Andrew Sullivan, conservative columnist

"The longer I think about it, the less well this selection sits with me. And I increasingly doubt that it will prove good politics. The Palin choice looks cynical. Ms. Palin's experience in government makes Barack Obama look like George C. Marshall. She has zero foreign policy experience, and no record on national security issues. The McCain campaign's slogan is 'country first.' But question: 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, conservative speechwriter and American Enterprise Institute resident fellow

 

Read More

Read and post comments | Send to a friend

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Syrin From Wasilla’s Stats

%d bloggers like this: