POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Dowd (NYT): Republicans abandon Palin; so do voters

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 15, 2008

Maureen Dowd writes in today’s NYT …

  • Sarah Palin’s favorability rating is now 32 percent, according to the new Times/CBS News poll, plummeting 8 points from earlier this month, and her unfavorable rating soared 9 percentage points to 41 percent.
  • Matthew Dowd, the former Bush strategist who offered a famous apologia for helping get W. re-elected, offered a scorching assessment of Palin’s not being ready, saying that McCain “knows that in his gut. And when this race is over, that is something he will have to live with. … He put somebody unqualified on that ballot, and he put the country at risk.”
  • Christopher Hitchens endorsed Barack Obama on Slate on Monday, calling Palin’s conduct “a national disgrace”
  • Christopher Buckley endorsed Obama on The Daily Beast, writing of McCain’s embrace of Palin: “What on earth can he have been thinking?” 
  • David Brooks, speaking at an Atlantic Magazine event, called Palin “a fatal cancer to the Republican Party.”

read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/15/opinion/15dowd.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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