…and asking real questions! (someone’s been listening to amy poehler)
one word on Palin: honestly?
After the Gibson interview (and her many flubs), you’d think Sarah Palin’s campaign team would spend a little more time prepping her for interviews, and little less energy thinking up dumb jokes and digging up stylish two pieces for her strut around in. Last night, the Governidiot fumbled her way through an interview with Katie Couric (looking good, katie! way to rock the serious face), where the journalist asked her specific questions and probed her to clarify her earlier missteps. did Palin deliver thoughtful and intelligent answers? Nope. it’s clear this woman is wayyy in over her head.
Let’s take a look:
When Couric asks about the economic bail out plan, Palin’s answer is,
“I’m ill about the position that America is in… the interesting thing in the last couple of days that i have seen is that Americans are waiting to see what John McCain will do on this proposal. They’re not waiting to see what Barack Obama is going to do…”
(way to start off with some Obamabashing. Palin: -1)
katie jumps in, though, and calls her out on it: “Why do you say that? Why are they waiting for John McCain and not Barack Obama?” (Nice! Couric: +2)
Sarah talks about track record and pragmatism, but Couric points out that Obama’s actually gotten a boost in the polls, with people thinking he can handle the situation better. (Couric +1).
Then Palin counters with something along the lines of “I’m not looking at poll records… I’m looking at track records [+.5 for talking about substance, -.5 for not delivering!] …who’s more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for, and hoping for some opportunity to change it?” (OOH! wishing and hoping! +.5 for reminding me of my best friends wedding. -1 because i have no idea what she’s saying. i think it’s that Obama wants to be president and as part of the opposition party, will obviously be talking about [more dramatic] change, but im not sure how this works in her favor.)
then we’ve got some mortgage discussion:
Palin: +1 for using the words “multi-faceted”, -1 for admitting she hasn’t decided her position yet, -1 for yet another generalization (“it’s got to be a comprehensive, long-term solution”. blah blah blah)
Couric: +2 for calling Palin out for contradicting herself by saying McCain “will reform the way Wall St does business” when in 26 years, he’s mostly favored less regulation (she does know he’s a republican, right?). +4 for finally cutting through SP’s bullshit with this little exchange:
Couric: But he’s been in Congress for 26 years. He’s been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.
Palin: He’s also known as the maverick though, taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he’s been talking about – the need to reform government.
Couric: But can you give me any other concrete examples? Because I know you’ve said Barack Obama is a lot of talk and no action. Can you give me any other examples in his 26 years of John McCain truly taking a stand on this?
Palin: I can give you examples of things that John McCain has done, that has shown his foresight, his pragmatism, and his leadership abilities. And that is what America needs today.
Couric: I’m just going to ask you one more time – not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.
Palin: I’ll try to find you some and I’ll bring them to you.
Palin: +1 for not breaking down like a little girl when Katie Couric is giving you the stink eye (imagine how she’d crumble under Larry!), -2 for laughing like she was caught with her hand in the cookie jar when she made the last statement (cute aint gonna cut it; it’s the economy.), -3 for having absolutely no answer for yet another crystal clear question.
Where does that put us?
Couric: 9, Palin: -7.5
Oh god and then the Russia thing! You’d think Palin would have been prepared for this one!
It’s been recounted too many times to count, but suffice it to say Katie won that round, hands down. Palin spoke in circles, meandering and contradicting and fumbling. it wasnt pretty at all.
Best exchange of the night?
COURIC: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
PALIN: Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundary that we have with Canada. It’s funny that a comment like that was kinda made to…I don’t know, you know…reporters.
PALIN: Mocked, yeah I guess that’s the word, mocked.
COURIC: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.
PALIN: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of.… (this is then followed by some incoherent babbling about Russia’s proximity and a reference to Putin “[rearing] his head”, and America’s resulting disbelief at such).
My god, do i even have to assess points here? she can barely string together a sentence! the woman is completely unfit. Even conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, who initiatlly supported Palin, recognizes she is “Clearly Out Of Her League.” You know it’s bad when they start eating their own.
see the interview for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbg6hF0nShQ
(or if you’re at work and dont have headphones, read the transcript here (please not that there are some transcribing errors):
ps. i apologize for the long post. if anyone besides my mother actually manages to get this far – thanks.