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Sarah Palin is Self-Destructing, Part 1

Palin gave her third interview this week, this time with Katie Couric.

Every time she actually takes questions, the public sees that she doesn't have any substance. Her poll numbers are steadily dropping as the honeymoon period of the RNC fades away and people actually get to know her more. (It's remarkably hard to find web pages that show the historical poll numbers. I'd love to find a page on the Washington Post site, for example, that takes all of their polls and shows what the numbers were at different dates. If you can find this page for me, I'll love you).

The first half of the interview:

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Couric asks her about McCain's campaign manager who is an executive of a lobbying firm, one which received money from Freddie Mac as recently as a month ago. Obama has been hitting McCain about all of the lobbyists on McCain's campaign, so this was Palin's opportunity to fight back. Her response wasn't even declarative. She simply said that her "understanding" is that Rick Davis had recused himself from the firm and she "would hope that is the case." She doesn't actually know! Couric restated the question and Palin just repeated her first response. Rick Davis is still the Treasurer and a Director at the firm. She doesn't have any answers, she only has talking points!

Just for the record, Sarah Palin calls Barack Obama the "what-way-the-political-winds boy" during this interview. She just called a black man "boy".... but the Obama campaign never said a word. Do I really think she was being racist here? No, but she could easily be accused of being racist since she was referring to Obama as "boy" which carries racial tones to it when used for a black man. Obama called McCain's plan for Iraq "lipstick on a pig" and the McCain/Palin campaign screamed sexism. Did the Obama campaign latch onto Palin calling Obama "boy?" No. The Obama Campaign is based on substance and the McCain campaign is based on theatre.

The other gem of this part of the interview is when Couric asks Palin about McCain's record. Palin talked earlier in the interview about McCain's record this, McCain's record that, so this is a great question.

Couric: You've said, "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 examples of his leading the charge for more oversight?

Palin: I think the example you just cited with his warnings two years ago about Fannie and Freddie... 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's almost always sided with less regulation, not more.

Palin: He's also known as "The Maverick," takin' shots from his own party and certainly takin' shots from the other party, tryin' to get people to understand what he's been talkin' about... the need to reform government.

Couric: I'm just going to ask you one more time, not to belabor the point... specific example in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.

Palin: I'll try to find you some and I'll bring 'em to ya.

They know that they are pushing a fictional story of John McCain, but the can't admit to it. They have no substance, it's all just theatre.

Next example of her simply dodging questions instead of giving a substantive answer. Someone at a town hall meeting asked her:

Governor Palin, there has been quite a bit of discussion about your perceived lack of foreign policy experience and I want to give your chance. If you could please respond to that criticism and give us specific skills that you think you have to bring to the Whitehouse to rebutt that or mitigate that concern.

What an OUTSTANDING question! Palin's response? No specific response at all. Just "I'm ready," "I have that readiness," and then has the audacity to offer them the opportunity to ask about specifics and play "Stump the Candidate" after the microphone has already been taken away from the woman who asked. Hey, Palin, she DID ask you about specifics. "Give us specific skills" she said. This was Palin's moment to shut the whole media up, the person asking didn't even ask about "experience" she just asked about "skills." This was Palin's opportunity to shine, and instead, she just repeated the word "ready" like 10 times.

They have no substance, it's all just theatre.

I'll cover the second half of the interview with Couric in my next entry... and amazingly, she does even worse in that one.

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