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Eagleburger: could Palin do the top job? “Of course not.”

Thursday, on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger (who has endorsed John McCain) was asked to make the case for McCain “on the basis of foreign and domestic policy credentials.” He did a great job of selling McCain — until he was asked whether Sarah Palin would be able to step into the role of president during a time of crisis.

His answer, as transcribed on Huffington Post:

“It is a very good question,” he said, pausing a few seconds, then adding with a chuckle: “I’m being facetious here. Look, of course not.”

Eagleburger explained: “I don’t think at the moment she is prepared to take over the reigns of the presidency. I can name for you any number of other vice presidents who were not particularly up to it either. So the question, I think, is can she learn and would she be tough enough under the circumstances if she were asked to become president, heaven forbid that that ever takes place?

“Give her some time in the office and I think the answer would be, she will be [pause] adequate. I can’t say that she would be a genius in the job. But I think she would be enough to get us through a four year… well I hope not… get us through whatever period of time was necessary. And I devoutly hope that it would never be tested.”

To listen to the interview, click here: NPR interview with Lawrence Eagleburger

conservative commentators caught on tape calling Palin choice “gimmicky”

John McCain’s former campaign chief Mike Murphy and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan were caught on tape yesterday after an NBC interview. Their real thoughts about McCain’s judgment in selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate include the following:

Noonan: “The most qualified? No. … I think they went for this, excuse me, political bullshit…

Murphy: “You know what’s really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism and this is cynical.”

(Complete transcript below.)

TRANSCRIPT:

Mike Murphy, former McCain advisor: You know, because I come out of the blue swing state governor work. Engler, Whitman, Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. And these guys, this is all like how you want to (inaudible) this race. You know, just run it up. And it’s not gonna work.

Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter: It’s over.

Murphy: Still, McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech to do himself some good.

NBC’s Chuck Todd: Don’t you think the Palin pick was insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too (inaudible)

Noonan: I saw Kay this morning.

Murphy: They’re all bummed out.

Todd: I mean, is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?

Noonan: The most qualified? No. I think they went for this, excuse me, political [B.S.] about narratives and (inaudible) the picture.

Murphy: I totally agree.

Noonan: Every time the Republicans do that because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at and they blow it.

Murphy: You know what’s really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism and this is cynical.

Todd: And as you called it, gimmicky.

sex workers look forward to GOP convention

https://i2.wp.com/wwwimage.cbsnews.com/images/2008/01/11/image3699996g.jpgYou have to love it. According to American Prospect magazine, sex workers are gearing up for both political conventions. However, those in Colorado (who will be servicing Democrats) aren’t as enthused as those in Minneapolis (who will be on call for Republicans). Apparently the GOP delegates like to have grand parties with prostitutes in between sessions of political business — and they keep the sex workers much busier than Democrats do.

Here’s the American Prospect item:

Conventional Sex

Will actual business, for the first time in decades, be conducted at this year’s political conventions? With the economy in decline, America’s prostitutes are counting on it.

Sex and adult entertainment workers in Denver and Minneapolis are gearing up for the conventions, which they say bring a boom in business as more than 35,000 out-of-towners descend on the cities. It’s nothing new; conventions have long brought stimulus (of the economic sort) to the towns that host them. During the GOP convention in New York in 2004, some sex workers offered special discounts.

But Denver-area prostitutes are feeling a little down that they got stuck with the Democrats. “It would be a lot better for the sex workers if it was the Republican convention. We get a lot more business,” Carol Leigh, a San Francisco prostitute who regularly heads off to convention destinations, told the Rocky Mountain News. “I don’t know if they’re just frustrated because of the family values agenda.”

Who says there’s no difference between the two parties?