What Republican pundits really believe behind closed doors (but with their microphones on):
Peggy Noonan: "It's over.", "The most qualified? No!," "I think they went for this political bullshit about narratives."
Mike Murphy: "The worst thing about it? The greatest thing about McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical."
Just to be clear. Here is what Peggy Noonan wrote about Sarah Palin this morning in the Wall Street Journal...
(You know, when she thought the unwashed masses were actually listening):
More immediately and seriously on Palin:
Because she jumbles up so many cultural categories, because she is a feminist not in the Yale Gender Studies sense but the How Do I Reload This Thang way, because she is a woman who in style, history, moxie and femininity is exactly like a normal American feminist and not an Abstract Theory feminist; because she wears makeup and heels and eats mooseburgers and is Alaska Tough, as Time magazine put it; because she is conservative, and pro-2nd Amendment and pro-life; and because conservatives can smell this sort of thing -- who is really one of them and who is not -- and will fight to the death for one of their beleaguered own; because of all of this she is a real and present danger to the American left, and to the Obama candidacy.
She could become a transformative political presence.
So they are going to have to kill her, and kill her quick.