Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy think the Palin selection is both “cynical” and “political bullshit”:
Oh noes! Open microphone! h/t TPM
UPDATE: Better TPM transcript after the jump…
Peggy Noonan: Yeah.Mike Murphy: You know, because I come out of the blue swing state governor world: Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. I mean, these guys — this is how you win a Texas race, just run it up. And it’s not gonna work. And –PN: It’s over.MM: Still McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech to do himself some good.CT: I also think the Palin pick is insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too.PN: Saw Kay this morning.CT: Yeah, she’s never looked comfortable about this –MM: They’re all bummed out.CT: Yeah, I mean is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?PN: The most qualified? No! I think they went for this — excuse me– political bullshit about narratives –CT: Yeah they went to a narrative.MM: I totally agree.PN: Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.MM: You know what’ sreally the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical.CT: This is cynical, and as you called it, gimmicky.MM: Yeah.