Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Palin and Couric Interview: The Emperor Has No Clothes!

The interview with Sarah Palin conducted by CBS’s Katie Couric (video below) shows that there really isn’t much substance behind Sarah Palin. She seems to struggle with answers, and also seems unable to speak solidly about McCain’s record or his platform. Palin tries to stonewall Couric and talk her way out of direct answers. Here’s an example from the transcript:

COURIC: You've said, quote, "John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business." Other than supporting stricter regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, can you give us any more example of his leading the charge for more oversight?

PALIN: I think that the example that you just cited, with his warnings two years ago about Fannie and Freddie--that, that's paramount. That's more than a heck of a lot of other senators and representatives did for us.

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: 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.

It’s no wonder McCain wanted to suspend his campaign. It’s looking more and more like a diversionary tactic to get the Palin interview out of the news cycle quickly and off the minds of voters. Clearly, Sarah Palin needs a little more “programming.”

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