Archive for September 30th, 2008

To blink or not to blink

The latest, of course, is Sarah Palin’s joint interview with John McCain.  Um, no, that doesn’t seem at all paternalistic.  In the wake of comments from some of the party’s biggest champions that Palin should step aside, the McCain-Palin machine decides to give it a go together.  Allowing Katie Couric to interview them together can fairly be described as a hail mary.  He cannot make her sound more competent, he cannot make her sound smarter, he can really only make her look younger, prettier and more energetic than he.  To me, he sounded glib, tired and insulted that people still want to know what she thinks.  I don’t understand the camp’s thinking that they can change her answer to a question on Pakistan — she apparently stated, yes, troops should go there — into Gotcha! journalism.  I mean, yeah, gotcha!  You said it!  And now McCain states that because she was asked this question in a pizza parlor it (a) doesn’t count and (b) is the opposite of what she meant.  Maybe she should have just said that she accidentally blinked when the question was asked, but that it will never happen again.

I keep hearing that people say she’s smarter than we think and maybe that’s true. I just haven’t seen any evidence of that.

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