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Kathleen Parker Admits to Leading the 'Assassination' of Sarah Palin

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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:

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Spitzer was the only one warning and fighting the mortgage debacle when a Bush-FBI investigation said Terrorists were laundering money thru the Hi Class escort business. Funny we never hear anything about the that terrorists cell they were investigating. Google Spitzer's newpaper editorial detailing what the mortgage companies were doing, and how his plea's to Bush to stop it went unanswered on Feb. 14th 2007, just days before a so called classified document was released to the press about his hooker antics. Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, are accomplices in the recent shootout at Tuscon. What if an American Islamic website had the same targets over the same Congressmen/Women that Sarah Palins website had? Would'nt the FBI be closing it down and hauling the owners and employee's off? Why is'nt done for Sarah? Why did Sarah Palin pull down that target the Congress person graphic right after the tuscon shoot out. She hates Celebrities, but has her own TV show, Go figure. Wake up America, its not about Democrat or Republican, its about being duped, thinking its more important to root for your team than the whole picture.

January 11 2011 at 10:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Front Porch

I can respect Kathleen Parker but not CNN. Elliott Spitzer getting a primetime newstalk spot is akin to putting a two-headed man or a bearded lady on the set just to attract oddball viewers. No one heard of Spitzer until he caused himself a scandal and humiliated his wife. Now he gets a show? Garbage, but that's CNN.

November 16 2010 at 9:23 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

Many people, Republicans and Democrats, felt that Governor Palin did not have the federal/diplomatic knowledge for VP, next in line to the Presidency. What astounded them was the attack dogs of the media. It was one thing to say she did not have the qualifications, it was quite another to go after her with the hatred from Bill Maher, Sharon Osbourne, David Letterman and other hate spinners. The American people saw this vitriole and although they still wouldn't vote for her for president they will stick up for her against the Courics and Joy Behar's of the world.

November 15 2010 at 10:36 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

so she assasinates a qualified Governor and supports a Junior Senator with ZERO experience. Enough said about her. Look who rallied the country to put a lock down on Obamas policies, Sarah Palin.

November 13 2010 at 8:58 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I'm fascianted by people who like Sarah Palin. Whatever Parker said much that was her own opinion, but the years and the facts have indeed proven Parker right. Gallup Pool just yesterday announced that Palin is at her lowest approval rate in two years, a new record number of people dislike her, and ever since two weeks after McCain lifted her from obscurity, she has only ONLY become less popular. Her rally's continue to decrease in size. Yet, her fans are unpersuaded by facts. Astounding. She won't win another nomination, she can't win an election, she has a loyal gang of followers that will keep a pundit career afloat for decades, but nothing factual indicates she will ever be a force in America's future.

November 13 2010 at 7:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to psmarc93's comment

and you trust Gallup? They had Dems winning last week. they are an arm of the left wing. Look at polls like Rasumussen if you want the truth.

November 13 2010 at 9:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

parker was, of course, correct about sarah's staggering lack of qualifications for the vice-presidency...and sarah's subsequent behavior/trail of failure simply confirmed it....

November 13 2010 at 2:04 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to rpopstar's comment

Wait. If you voted for President Bozo and are still unrepentent for that act of stupidity, please don't go around talking about someone's "staggering lack of qualifications". You put a community organizer in the most powerful posistion in the world. Which he is failing profoundly at.

November 15 2010 at 8:11 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Yes, I'm a great Palin fan --- I'm not worried. I pity people like Parker. I've never seen someone like Palin that has taken the horrendous abuse, slander, personal attacks, false accusations that forced her to court, affected her ability to do her job as Governor, hatred --- and she just keeps on keeping on.....optimistic, patriotic, tenacious, determined, confident.....she'll make a great President in 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!

November 12 2010 at 6:31 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to momprayn's comment

She is a winner plain and simple, left hates her becasue they know she can crush them.

November 13 2010 at 9:04 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

Parker is NOT a conservative and never has been. She is an establishment Republican who is indistiguishable from a centrist Democrat. Her "analysis" was political and unobjective. The CNN show is boring since you have little debate and mostly nuanced, subtle disagreement. Olympia Snowe would be a perfect "sit in" when Parker is on leave.

November 12 2010 at 4:00 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

Elliot Spitzer stated it best when he said that "we all look at things through our own prism." Reporting facts is one thing, but what we see, hear, and read from so many commentators on television, radio and print, are only beneficial when viewing the total picture, not to reinforce biased beliefs. Listen to both sides. When you only hear one side, you're frequently ignoring good ideas from other places.

November 12 2010 at 12:53 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply

Thank God for Parker....

November 12 2010 at 12:47 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply

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