Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan didn't pull any punches in expressing her opinion that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is bad for conservatives and was disastrous as a national candidate. Though she credited Palin for being a gifted retail politician, Noonan said Palin "was limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions, and sometimes in knowing them. . . . She wasn't thoughtful enough to know she wasn't thoughtful enough. Her presentation up to the end has been scattered, illogical, manipulative and self-referential to the point of self-reverence. 'I'm not wired that way,' 'I'm not a quitter,' 'I'm standing up for our values.' I'm, I'm, I'm. In another age it might not have been terrible, but here and now it was actually rather horrifying."