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:
I'm not sure what is to be gained from this apparent strategy of shielding Sarah Palin from the press, except for occasional details about her family's Oreo Overload consumption habits. It reinforces the critique of her as unprepared. It is almost certainly unnecessary, given her ability to handle press conferences and such as governor of Alaska. And even if she ends up making gaffes, it is hard to imagine that she can top Joe Biden in sheer buffoonery. This must be another area where Andrew Cuomo is advising the campaign.
Sarah Palin was disinvited from delivering a speech in New York protesting Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit. So our frequent contributor Jay Homnick did the next best thing: he obtained the text of the speech and had his young daughter Ruth deliver it. You can watch and listen to her lovely presentation on YouTube here.