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Conservatives Against Sarah Palin: The List is Growing

10/31/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Steve Clemons Washington Editor at Large of The Atlantic and founder and senior fellow of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation.

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I wonder what George W. Bush really, really, really thinks about Sarah Palin...I can't imagine Laura Bush thinking much of her, but that's my own speculation.

There are more and more top line conservatives who are either publicly stating that Sarah Palin is not nearly prepared or qualified to be President of the United States (nor Vice President) or they are expressing grave doubts about her.

Conservative columnist George Will has joined the growing chorus telling Senate aides that Palin is "obviously" not prepared to assume the presidency.

Others include conservative columnists Kathleen Parker and former Bush White House speechwriter and American Enterprise Institute Resident Fellow David Frum (who must be having an awkward time with Palin-promoter Bill Kristol).

And Kristol pal, David Brooks, has also come out expressing severe reservations about Palin in his New York Times piece, "Why Experience Matters".

Senator Chuck Hagel has also been an early critic of Palin -- and more recently conservative firebrand Charles Krauthammer has articulated that Palin is a rookie and not ready for the White House.

And let's not forget former former Senator Lincoln Chafee (who has formally left the Republican Party and become an Independent) who was very dismissive of Palin and called her a "cocky whacko."

George Will, Kathleen Parker, David Frum, Senator Chuck Hagel, former Senator Lincoln Chafee, Charles Krauthammer. . .Who else should be added to this list?

The Biden-Palin debate Thursday night should be a huge draw. Digital City has just published a roster of viewing parties around the country and notes that these parties are beginning to look like what sports evenings are in the country.

I'll actually be watching and blogging the vice presidential debate live -- and then watching again Friday night in Vienna, Austria with the Austria chapter of Democrats Abroad and speaking after.

More later. Off to Salzburg.

-- Steve Clemons publishes the popular political blog, The Washington Note