Even They’re Not Buying It (UPDATED)

Conservative strategist Mike Murphy and conservative columnist Peggy Noonan are overheard discussing John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin:

And remember, these are the guys the GOP trots out to defend their decisions. If they’re not even buying it, the McCain-Palin campaign is in trouble.


Here’s a transcript of the off-camera part:

Peggy Noonan: [Inaudible, speaking under Chuck Todd]

Noonan: Yeah.

Mike Murphy: Um, you know, because I come out of the blue swing state Governor world—

Chuck Todd: Right.

Murphy: Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson—

Chuck Todd: Right.

Murphy: Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. And, and, and these guys, this is all like how you win a Texas race, you know: just run it up. And it’s not gonna work. But—

Noonan: It’s over.

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

Todd: How much do you think the Palin pick is insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson [inaudible]

Noonan: I saw Kay this morning.

Todd: I mean, she’s never looked comfortable about—

Murphy: They’re, they’re, they’re all bummed out.

Todd: I mean—

Noonan: Kay—

Todd: 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 bullshit about narratives and—

Todd: Yeah, it went to a narrative

Noonan: [inaudible] picture.

Murphy: I totally agree.

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

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

Todd: This is cynical. And, and, and as you called it, gimmicky.

[Emphasis is mine]