Remember the controversy over whether Sarah Palin was, gasp, a Buchananite? Sean Scallon has an interesting article in the current issue of the American Conservative exploring how Jacksonian social conservatives migrated from the 1990s Buchanan Brigades to the Bush Leagues, even though they represent polar opposites in terms of foreign policy.
Just got an email from the Brain Trust over at Keystone Progress:
Our theme for tonight:
BUSH = McCain, WE CAN'T AFFORD MORE OF THE SAME
Please make signs and banners that use that theme.
I just watched the second installment of the Sarah Palin interview with Katie Couric, and I detect a major difference between how she comes across when she's trying to be something she's not, and when she's just being herself.
For instance, I absolutely cringed during the part when Palin tried to explain why Alaska's proximity to Russia gives her relevant foreign policy experience. But she did quite well explaining that she never got a passport before last year because she didn't come from a background that afforded her the oppourtunity to backpack around Europe after college, and spent most of her life working. Then at the end of the interview, Couric kept pressing Palin on why she said America shouldn't second guess Israel were it to bomb Iran. At first, it looked like Palin was a bit rattled, but then she put it to Couric quite simply and forcefully, not in packaged statements, but in her own words:
On second thought, maybe it's a good thing that the McCain campaign is shielding Palin from the media. Her interview with Katie Couric was absolutely painful to watch. She clearly stumbled twice -- when asked how McCain has fought to reform Wall Street and about Rick Davis's ties to Freddie Mac. Her answer that not supporting a bailout could mean a Great Depression was off message and irresponsible. For the rest of the interview, it was just lots of tired cliches, and random jargon that made it seem as if she was reading off of mental index cards. I know a lot of conservatives like Sarah Palin and always rush to her defense. But it's absolutely not meant as an insult to say that she simply is not ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
Just chew on this: