In a rare moment of candor, Kathleen Parker, columnist and co-host of CNN's "Parker Spitzer," admitted she led the "assassination" of Sarah Palin -- targeting her as a lightweight who had no business running for vice president in 2008.
Here's a brief excerpt of the conversation (video below):
Jon Ziegler: You essentially took part in the assassination of Sarah Palin, 1.0.
Parker: Actually, I did not take part in it. . . . I led it.
Truth be told, Parker's wildly premature attempt to "strangle the baby in the crib," so to speak, was not an example of prescience, but -- as she acknowledged -- an attempted political "assassination" of Palin. And like many real-life survivors of life-threatening attacks, Palin's future behavior would be forever changed as a result.
If you believe the former Alaska governor is too guarded with the mainstream (or "lamestream," to use Palin's term) media today, I would submit that Parker bears some of the blame for that. Her early and unprovoked attack cannot be underestimated, inasmuch as it also provided cover for anyone else who wanted to portray Palin as a lightweight.
Parker's columns allowed other critics (who previously may have been hesitant) to argue that even a respected female conservative columnist thinks she's a joke. In terms of changing Palin's future behavior -- as well as changing the perceptions about her -- Parker's column acted more as a thermostat than a thermometer.
Make no mistake: Parker's criticisms came astoundingly early (the first column was on Sept. 26, 2008, just a month after Palin became John McCain's running mate) and were also assumed to have come from a conservative -- based on the sites where the column was published (here's the link at National Review
Just in case you've forgotten the condescending tone Parker took, here's how she ended her column:
Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.
Do it for your country.
If after reading this, you still
believe Parker is a Cassandra, she also admitted (during the interview) that she bought into the naive notion that Obama would be a moderate "uniter."
You can watch the video here: