Yesterday, during Politico’s breakfast panel at the Republican National Convention on “Women and the Republican Party,” Matthew Yglesias asked why the panelists were ignoring substantive discussion of Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R-AK) record. Yglesias noted that Palin lied about her support for the Bridge to Nowhere and led Sen. Ted Stevens’s (R-AK) 527.
Conservative strategist Mike Murphy argued that Palin’s record was nothing to be concerned about. He dismissed Palin’s record of supporting large earmark spending, said he didn’t “buy” that Palin was closely linked to the indicted Stevens and joked that her association with the fringe Alaska Independence Party makes him “like her more.” Watch it:
Murphy, however, was apparently lying. Today, MSNBC inadvertently broadcast Murphy sharing his honest opinion of Palin’s record with the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan and MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. Murphy said, “I totally agree” that Palin was selected without consideration of her record and that “it’s not going to work”:
MURPHY: It’s not gonna work. And –
TODD: Yeah, 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 bullshit about narratives – [...]
MURPHY: I totally agree.