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Opinion: Sarah Palin must go, conservative columnist Kathleen Parker opines

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This just in: Sarah Palin has NOT given up her spot of the Republican presidential ticket.

Nor do we expect her to.

But we broach the prospect simply because a nationally syndicated conservative columnist, Kathleen Parker, has called for Palin to do exactly that.

Parker’s piece showed up at midday Friday on the National Review website (you don’t get much more conservative than that) and since then has generated lots of buzz (and been picked up, not surprisingly, by lots of liberal blogs).

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The columnist, who resides in South Carolina and posts regularly at Townhall.com (another conservative outlet), was high on Palin earlier this month in the immediate aftermath of her selection as John McCain’s running mate.

In a commentary following Palin’s boffo speech at the Republican National Convention, Parker wrote that the Alaska governor had shown ‘strength, conviction, determination, confidence, a willingness to rumble and fearlessness.’

Now, in the wake of Palin’s less-than-well-received Q & A with Katie Couric of CBS, Parker writes:

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted. Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there.

Parker, who if nothing else has increased her visibility, concludes her column with her call for Palin to ‘bow out [of the national race] for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn.’

Those on the left with a conspiratorial bent may wonder if the latest developments in the Palin saga are part of a hidden effort to create an environment in which she can’t help but exceed expectations in her Thursday debate with Joe Biden.

-- Don Frederick


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