Sunday, September 28, 2008

Palin Hangover

Conservative commentator Kathleen Parker published this editorial in the Washington Post on Sunday. Parker joins the ranks of conservative pundits increasingly disillusioned with the McCain-Palin campaign. She's in good company: amongst others, David Brooks, Charles Krauthammer, and George Will have all commented on failings of the GOP ticket. Highlights from Parker:

"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."

Additional developments continue to corrode the goodwill and enthusiasm of Palin's candidacy. The New York Times picked up a recent thread that circulated in left wing outlets a few weeks ago, chronicling Palin's refusal that the state pay for rape-kits for for female victims. The insensitivity of such legislation is appalling, and indeed, inhumane.

I can swallow social conservatives' opposition to Roe v.Wade on the basis that moral claims (such as "when life begins") should be determined by a legislative body, not the judiciary. I can even swallow the rationalization that this decision should be made by "communities" on a localized basis -- thus shifting the decision, via federalism, to states. But the implication that Palin's refusal to pay for rape-kits was founded in her anti-abortion sentiments? It's an ugly one.

The disillusionment grows.

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