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Haven’t people learned anything from Jesse Jackson?

If you’re wearing a microphone, don’t say anything you don’t want the world to hear! MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, political consultant Mike Murphy and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan all put their foots in their mouths today when, after thinking they had gone to commercial, the trio ripped on McCain’s “cynical” Sarah Palin veep pick.

The conversation gets really good when Todd wonders, “Do you think the Palin pick is insulting to Democrats? Is the really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?”

Everyone agrees that, no, Palin is not the best choice. Says the pessimistic journalist, “I think they went for the – excuse me – political bullshit about narratives… Every time Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and that’s not what they’re good at, and they blow it.” Todd agrees the party went for the narrative.

Murphy, an informal McCain adviser and personal friend, then says the worst thing is the cynicism of McCain’s decision, while Todd describes it as “gimmicky.” Earlier in the tape, Noonan describes the race as “over.” This morning she wrote this about Palin:

This is a woman who’s tough enough to work her way up and through, and to say yes to a historic opportunity, but she will know little of, or rather have little experience in, the mischief inherent in national Republican politics. She will be mobbed up in the McCain campaign by people who care first about McCain and second about themselves.

They’ll run right over her, not because they’re strong but because they’re stupid.

Oh, the irony!

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