NEW YORK Peggy Noonan had been defending the John McCain choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate for days, most recently just this morning in a widely-read Wall Street Journal online piece from the GOP convention. Palin was "powerful," she wrote, her story was strong, she might even be "transformative."But the savvy media veteran, and former Reagan speechwriter, then forgot the first rule of live TV -- beware of the live mike. After finishing up an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd today, as the scene was about to shift and guests were off camera, Noonan and former top GOP strategist Mike Murphy were caught still chatting with Todd on their microphones. "It's over," Noonan said, referring to the Republicans' chances. And, concerning Palin: "The most qualified? No! I think they went for this -- excuse me-- political bullshit about narratives.... 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."
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Update: Noonan's response: