Wednesday, September 03, 2008

What conservative talking heads really think about Palin

By now we are all used to conservative talking heads who take their talking points from the Republican Party and seldom if ever give their honest opinion on air. But what are major conservative talking heads saying about Sarah Palin when they think their microphones are turned off? What if one of them accidentally left their microphone on?

Follow me through an exchange between conservatives Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan as they sit with Chuck Todd, discussing the Palin pick, thinking their microphones are off.


"A gimmick."

"It's not going to work."

"It's over."

That last quote was from Peggy Noonan, who was a primary speech writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. The other conservative on the panel was Mike Murphy, a media consultant. According to his MSNBC bio:
Murphy is one of the Republican Party's most successful political media consultants, having handled strategy and advertising for more than 26 successful gubernatorial and Senatorial campaigns. In 2000, Murphy served as senior strategist for Sen. John McCain's Presidential campaign. In 2003, Murphy was senior strategist for Arnold Schwarzenegger's historic election as Governor of California. Other Murphy clients include the successful gubernatorial races of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, John Engler, Tommy Thompson, Christie Whitman, Dirk Kempthorne and Terry Branstad as well as the successful Senatorial races of Lamar Alexander, Slade Gorton, Spence Abraham, Jeff Sessions, Dirk Kempthorne, Steve Symms, Paul Coverdell, and Larry Pressler.
Between the two of them, Noonan and Murphy can claim some serious expertise on the subject of Republican politics.

They say it's over, what do you think?

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