My Beautiful Wickedness

It’s Over
September 3, 2008, 4:47 pm
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Overheard live-mic conversation on MSNBC between Mike Murphy (McCain staffer from 2000) and Peggy Noonan (Reagan speechwriter and longtime GOP columnist):

Mike Murphy: “I come out of the blue, swing-state governor world, Engler, Whitman, Thompson, Mitt Romney,” he said. But the McCain campaign just decided to run with Palin, he said, adding “It’s not going to work.”

Peggy Noonan, speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and columnist, interjects: “It’s over.”

Asked whether Ms. Palin is really the most qualified, Ms. Noonan responds rather incredulously, “The most qualified? No. I think they went for the — excuse me — political (expletive) about narratives. … Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and that’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.”

Mr. Murphy then dives in with a rejoinder: “The greatest thing about McCain is no cynicism and this is cynical.”

Polishing turds is not the way to make diamonds, y’all. This is a bad mistake and even longtime GOP faithful say so when they think they are off-mike.


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