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CBS Has More Palin Gold in the Vault

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Posted on Sep 29, 2008
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There was so much excitement last week between the bailout showdown and the debate that many people didn’t get a chance to see Sarah Palin’s tailspin interview with Katie Couric. CBS, it turns out, has even more in store. The network will air at least two more embarrassing clips before Thursday’s VP debate.

John McCain has sent the cream of his campaign crop to take over Palin’s preparation ahead of her face-off with Joe Biden.


Political Wire:

Additionally, at the urging of McCain himself, Palin “will leave late Monday for his Arizona ranch to prepare for the high-stakes debate.”

“The moves follow several shaky performances by Gov. Palin last week and come amid concern and grumbling from Republicans, and even a few queries from her husband, Todd Palin.”

William Kristol: “I’m told McCain recently expressed unhappiness with his staff’s handling of Palin. On Sunday he dispatched his top aides Steve Schmidt and Rick Davis to join Palin in Philadelphia. They’re supposed to liberate Palin to go on the offensive as a combative conservative in the vice-presidential debate on Thursday.”

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By Sepharad, October 1, 2008 at 11:26 pm Link to this comment
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tdbach—well put, points taken, and it’s sure good to hear someone say “y’all” again. Makes me homesick.

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By tdbach, October 1, 2008 at 11:36 am Link to this comment

I think y’all do us all a disservice by denigrating Palin with talk about what a stupid bimbo she is. Besides being boorish, it is patently untrue. You don’t rise to the position of governor - even of a sparsely populated frontier state like Alaska - without having something on the ball. She didn’t get there on looks alone. Worse still, by setting expectations so low, you make her chances of success in this debate and throughout the rest of this campaign much better. Let’s just hope that Biden is true to his sound bites and takes her seriously. Even a lowly club fighter could deliver a knockout punch to Mohammad Ali if he left his guard down. Palin reminds me of Bush, someone it is all too easy to look down on. And we know that underestimating him enabled his handlers to get the election close enough to be stolen.

I think McCain has figured out that Palin has been over-prepared, coached to the point of incapacity to move, which has made her APPEAR to be stupid. If his handlers back off, she may well be a surprisingly lucid debater.

What makes Gov. Palin unqualified for the job isn’t her IQ - or her skill at responding extemporaneously. It’s that she has always been a provincial, small-town thinker who never had to consider larger, complex issues and never had the curiosity to explore them anyway - until she was surprised to be plucked from her igloo and dropped on a national stage. You simply cannot be an effective leader on the world stage if you are not interested in and have an aptitude for the complexity and breadth of politics on such a stage. Without that quality, you are forced to depend utterly on people who DO think on such a scale. You end up viewing everything that comes your way through a narrow prism of a few ideological principles, and you aren’t able to adapt because you have no big-picture understanding with which to choose alternatives. And we’ve seen what that can lead to, lo these past eight years.

Give Sue Cook her due, and give Palin the benefit of the doubt. She’s not as dumb as she looked in Couric’s interview. Even if she is yet another embodiment of Republican distain for the craft of governance, it is better to deride her political views than her qualifications for the job. If we’re right about her qualifications, the chances are those very weaknesses will doom the ticket in the end. But not because we pointed them out – that plays too easily into the elitist label the right is all too skilled at applying to persuade enough voters to overlook her faults to defiantly vote for McCain anyway.

Leave McCain/Palin to self destruct.

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By Fran Barlow, October 1, 2008 at 1:24 am Link to this comment
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Sepharad, You say: in an ideal world [Hillary] would now be debating Palin. Or McCain. THAT would have been a gender-free stemwinder of a debate!


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Err no. In an ideal world we would all be living happy productive lives and there would be no government and therefore no need to be debating who should get the top job.

In a world that was not ideal, but a little closer to the ideal than we now are, people like McCain and Palin and Clinton for that matter would not be able to get near public office at all. Clinton showed her true colours during the primaries and caucuses. She was willing to play the race card against Obama, which was scandalous and caused me to lose all respect for her. She tried to stir up populist angst against him when he merely noted the obvious reasons for people to turn to guns and religion, defacto backing them, and used her sex to appeal to women. 

Much as I like Obama, I’d not have supported him had he chosen her as his VP. She did not represent change, and really it was her husband that repealed Glass-Steagall which helped make this mess.

In a even closer to the ideal world than that, governance would be genuinely inclusive and we’d have the kind of informed and participating citizenry that would make guns, religio, the politics of identity and the rule of privileged elites an historical curiosity.

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By Sepharad, September 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment
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Sue Cook—Feeling a little ganged up on right now? Sorry for that, but it IS hard to understand why you still are giving Palin the benefit of the doubt, especially if you want 1) McCain to have a chance in hell of getting elected and 2) this country having any chance to get back on its feet if he does, as I’m convinced the ambitious Sarah would poison his cocoa if she has to. Kathleen Parker, an early Palin supporter who writes regularly for the late William Buckley’s “National Review”, has gone public suggesting that for the good of the GOP and the country Sarah Palin gracefully bow out now, even offering graceful ways to do it. Parker also goes in some detail into her reasons for no longer believing that Palin would be able to fill the office of vice-president, never mind the top slot. (Parker herself is being ganged up on bigtime, her email and phones flooded with upset Palin supporters. It took some professional courage for her to go public as she did.)

Codesense: Palin is a joke, but you seem a little confused in attributing her problems to her gender. Hillary could and did go to the mat with the best of them and in an ideal world would now be debating Palin. Or McCain. THAT would have been a gender-free stemwinder of a debate!

Smarter-than-them-there-conservative goobers: Goobers are boiled peanuts, particularly tasty with a little vinegar &/or tabasco washed down with coke driving through South Carolina low country. Hope the “goobers” you’re smarter than don’t reflect some idiotic bad-Southerners-bad-rednecks mindset. Obama needs every vote he can get, so his supporters can’t get all condescending-ish. (Contrary to popular belief, the Civil War did nothing to end racism because prejudice is now just as if not more endemic in the North than down South. Just look at the problems union organizers in Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, etc.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            t all the trouble union organizers

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By mill, September 30, 2008 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

Ms. Cook seems the optimist about Governor Palin - can’t figure what makes her that optimist

Senator Obama can talk intelligently about a wide range of national and international issues - without note cards, in spite of his relatively short tenure in the Senate - so can his Vice Presidential choice, Senator Biden, tho’ Biden will talk your ear off in the process

Governor Palin really just doesn’t know very much, based on the few interview questions she has answered.  Regardless of her experience.

and that “143 days” false factoids is one of those b.s. allegations from the political right - what would Senator McCain’s experience condense to if you counted his experience as they do Senator Obama’s?

Governor Palin deserves to be heard, without the handlers feeding her lines.  But there is no way - based on already available public and confirmed information about her actions and knowledge - that she should hold any high national office in the near term.  She is not qualified at this point in her career.  To assert she is qualified is pure lunacy, with the national interest at stake.

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By Mac Sadler, September 30, 2008 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment
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CBS ought to pay Sarah in gold for dredging up its ratings from the sewer. If she does nothing else, she brought the undead Katie Couric and the loathsome toad Charles Gibson out of the formaldehyde bath. However, she certainly won’t “shake things up in Washington” if she couldn’t shake up those two slugs.

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By hippy pam, September 30, 2008 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment

I still believe that “fish lipstick” was offered this SLOT so amerikans would think the re-puke-likins were “up with the times”. SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO-GRACIOUSLY-DECLINE with a ” Thank you but I am NOT QUALIFIED”......Instead…SHE SAW A CHANCE TO FURTHER HER VIEWS AND RELIGIOUS AGENDAS….[i.e. her power] so she jumped on it…...

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By BBK, September 30, 2008 at 11:23 am Link to this comment

I agree that “Sue Cook” must be writing her comments in jest.  No one could be so ignorant and blind to Ms. Palin’s intellectual shortcomings. 

On the other hand, Mr. McCain must be blind to Ms. Palin’s intellectual shortcomings (as well as her ethical ones).  Or perhaps this is a surrealistic joke he is playing on the country.  After the bizarre and erratic “campaign suspension”, I think he’s really pulling a Borat on us all, seeing how far and wacko he can go and still have people think he should be president.

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By BBK, September 30, 2008 at 11:22 am Link to this comment

I agree that “Sue Cook” must be writing her comments in jest.  No one could be so ignorant and blind to Ms. Palin’s intellectual shortcomings. 

On the other hand, Mr. McCain must be blind to Ms. Palin’s intellectual shortcomings (as well as her ethical ones).  Or perhaps this is a surrealistic joke he is playing on the country.  After the bizarre and erratic “campaign suspension”, I think he’s really pulling a Borat on us all, seeing how far and wacko he can go and still have peolple think he should be president.

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By Beck, September 30, 2008 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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WILL SARAH PALIN WEAR AN EARPIECE?????
WILL SHE GET ANSWERS FED TO HER?????
WILL SHE WEAR HER HAIR DOWN???


I HOPE NOT.

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By Catherine, September 30, 2008 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

Palin apparently doesn’t know much about major Supreme Court cases, either, except Roe v. Wade, of course.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/29/latest-palin-gaffe-cant-n_n_130395.html

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By truthseeker4all, September 30, 2008 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

@Sue Cook,
It’s not the media’s fault that Palin says stupid things.  If she didn’t know McCain’s voting record, she could have simply said “Everything’s happened so fast, I haven’t had time to review that, but it’s on the agenda”.

If you want to blame someone for her inability to speak complete sentences, blame either Palin or the McCain camp.  In typical McCain fashion, they screwed this up too.  If they had simply made her available to the conservative press, she would have been fed some softballs (e.g. Hanity); had a chance to get comfortable on the national stage, and would have been able to prepare for the harder questions that would come.

Instead, they locked her down and made an issue out of it, a McCain trait I’m afraid.  She hasn’t been able to find her own voice (though I doubt that it’s impressive anyway) because she’s so afraid of saying something wrong (self-fulfilling prophecy I guess).

She will probably do fine on Thursday though—she’ll be able to memorize McCain’s positions on the issues, and her boot camp this week will help her get over the jitters.

Since I’ve now had a chance to see the REAL Palin, unscripted and unrehearsed in three different situations, she alone has swung my reluctant vote to Obama and I doubt that I’m alone.  She’s the scariest person I’ve ever seen at this level:  her confidence is only outweighed by her ignorance.

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By Phil Linehan, September 30, 2008 at 8:38 am Link to this comment

Where Are the Men in the White Coats?
Or, Is It Curtains for McCain?

McCain announced his campaign he would suspend.
so that to the crumbling economy he could immediately attend.
He swooped down on Washington in a display of vanity
confirming long-held doubts about his sanity.

By pretending to dump his campaign he showed the world his panic
and draw attention to behaviour best described as manic.
He, who brags of his experience and says he knows all the ropes,
apparently thinks most voters are addleheaded dopes.

In D.C. he interrupted the talks that were well on their way
and claimed that his was the leading role to play.
Meanwhile, no-one knew what was to happen to the debate.
and bewildered Ole Miss organizers wondered about its fate.

Eager for someone on whom the Wall Street crash to blame,
he claimed it had to be S.E.C. Chairman, Christopher Cox by name.
He had proved, according to John, to be nothing but a dunce
and as president he would not hesitate to dismiss him at once.

When many protested that was not a president’s right
John said whoever he wanted to fire would soon fade from sight.
How will he persuade them to pack up and run?
By peremptorily telling Palin “Sarah, Get You Gun?” 

Se here we have John, who hated the very thought of regulation,
now calling for heads to roll while he saves the nation.
How will he do that, one may well query,
as of his Road to Damascus conversion all should be leery.

He lauded the theory that Ron, the Republican hero, called trickle down,
allowing Wall Street high flyers to paint every single town,
while giving not a thought to those whom down the river they had sold
as like leprechauns they skipped away clutching huge pots of gold.

Meanwhile, a bailout plan was needed George Bush insisted,
although some in his own Party stubbornly resisted.
He proposed that those who had caused the crash
should be rescued with an infusion of taxpayers’ cash.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said he could paper over the crack
if they gave him 700 billion dollars to get things back on track.
On bended knee he swore to help the Wall Street crooks
by letting them dispose of the bad debts they had on their books.

He insisted he could only be successful if given full carte blanche
to help those only he thinks are worthy, as the plan he begins to launch.
If he gets his way we can only hope he will prove that he is able
to do a thorough job of cleaning out the Wall Street Augean stable.

Formerly head of one of the banks that led to the crisis
is he the one to protect the dispossessed, like the Egyptian Goddess Isis?
Is Washington the only place where it is thought to be no sin
to give an inmate the responsibility of running a loony bin?

In yet another of his now startling swings of mood
John agreed to the debate he had previously screwed.
He kept telling Obama at 47 he is too inexperienced and too young.
A pity he did not say from where his 44 year old foreign policy expert Palin had sprung.

The so-called debate turned out to be disappointingly damp squib
as McCain droned on and on replicating every fib.
He, who believes 700 billion for bankers can be considered to be fair
is obsessed about the 3 million being spent to save the grizzly bear.

He kept repeatedly saying Obama was unable to understand.
Unlike Sarah whose chat with Katie Couric shows that she is in command?
His supporter Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, in what must surely be a joke,
from her husband’s estate at “elitist” Obama had the nerve fun to poke.

Many who were hesitant about Obama and on his behalf would not be active,
now confess that John McCain is making Barack look ever more attractive.
So, as John continues with his dizzying swerves and about the Iraq war gloats,
is it not time to put out an emergency call to the men in the white coats?

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By Sue Cook, September 30, 2008 at 8:35 am Link to this comment

To all my fans: (Obama supporters)

If the “chosen one’s” been put through half as much for his questionable past with shady associates in the media, he wouldn’t be where he is today!

Let me remind you all that Sarah Palin is being asked questions that she most assuredly cannot answer.  Some of these questions are being asked deliberately to make her look stupid which she is not.  Her role as governor has not put her in any position to take on foreign policy questions so soon after being chosen as McCain’s VP.  I can almost gurantee that most governor’s aren’t experienced enough on the subject.

Like Obama who spent only 143 days in the US senate, as very inexperienced in foreign policy, hell, most policies, has had ample time to learn which he still is doing. And so can she if given the chance.

How many of you know how John McCain voted in the past 26 years in favor of legislation on economic issues?

That was one of Sarah’s questions from Katie.

I am patiently waiting for Thursday so she can prove herself worthy, shut the media dogs up and bring the McCain camp to victory.

If she so miserably fails, a complete melt-down happens, only then will I accept the fact that she indeed made a mistake and for the sake of the campaign consider stepping down and moving on.

I’m willing to at least give her the benefit of the doubt.

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By Purple Girl, September 30, 2008 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

I don’t suffer from my ‘balloon’ breaking, but I was a Campfire Girl- so I too like to always be prepared.
Of Course I should consider my Carpet….Maybe a few boxes of adult diapers are in Order too!
Who needs Tina Fey and SNL when you got the Real McCoy waiting to Humiliate herself in a few days!
Sarah have some self Respect, or at least an ounce of love for this Country…Resign!

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By Smarter-than-them-thar Conservative Goobers, September 30, 2008 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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Dear Ms. Peggy cooks Conservatism’s goose with her wide-eyed, dim-witted paean to ignorance, incompetence, and ignominy.

Well indeed, Sarah and her bug-eyed Conservative goobers need an “eating crow” moment, as Sarah has been eaten alive by her intellectual superiors, i.e., every well-educated journalist with whom she speaks.  “Quite the refreshing site!” Indeed it is.

Peggy says, ” just be yourself.” How happy we are that Sarah has followed her advice, and shows us all just what “herself” really is: an uneducated, provincial, illiterate bimbo from the backwoods of meth-making Alaska.

To the Peggy’s of the Republican Gulag of illogic, irresponsibility, and ignorance, American leaders “aren’t expected to be a scholar on foreign policy.” And that is precisely why America found itself attacked on 9/11, bamboozled into a quagmire on the Euphrates, and in the kamikaze seat in crashing the world economy.

Education. Reason. Logic. Expertise. Are these the qualities that one ought to attribute to Sarah, bimbo of the backwoods? ” It isn’t your role.” Clearly, Peggy, for once you speak the truth.

And thus, we amend your fatuous phrase to that which you truly meant to say: “Most REPUBLICAN governors don’t know all there is to know on foreign policy,” as was the case for one George Bush, Republican Governor of Texas.


Oh, “don’t let the bastards [intelligent, educated, and qualified candidates and their constituencies] get you down,” Peggy; you Conservatives provide wonderful fiddle music as the proverbial Rome burns to the ground.

But it is not “crow” that your candidate serves for America to dine upon, but rather something that the crow leaves behind after its meal. And it is the honor, the security, and the power of the American Republic that must “munch, munch, munch!”

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By Daniel, September 30, 2008 at 5:39 am Link to this comment
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Mccain said this morning that his stark contrast on the position of Pakistan with Palin is explainable: He said he largely agrees with Palin in the sense that “he would route out terrorism wherever it exists.” But, he doesn’t want to “broadcast” it to the nation or on TV in an open announcement, because there’s a difference between saying it, and having an intent to do it but keeping your intent from the mainstream American people. This is otherwise know as lying folks.
I question everything Mccain says now… is everything he says going to simply be a tactic to make people believe that he is going to do something when he gets into office for fear of saying or annoucing something that they might not want to hear now for fear of putting his campaign at risk? Mccain is a liar, cheat, and thief to the American people. He used us and our futures as a chip in his bargaining tactic on this fabricated bail-out issue. I voted Obama yesterday, and have never been prouder in my life to vote.

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By CodeSense, September 30, 2008 at 4:52 am Link to this comment
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All this garbage that Biden will have to be easy on Palin during the debate. Hogwash!  Is Putin or Chavez going to be easy on her?  If it is needed that Biden must be easy on her than it means to me that a woman should not run for the second most important job in the USA.  It is hypocritical for people to say that women should get the same pay and get treated the same as a man in the workplace and then in the same breath say women should be treated like delicate flowers on the vine in politics.  You can’t have it both ways.  If you are afraid that Palin is going to get insulted or her feelings hurt, then she needs to act like a woman and go back to Alaska and take care of her children.  She should not be treated like she is running for the cheer-leading squad when, as everyone is saying, we have a country that is on the brink of destruction! This isn’t a game.  This is our lives and our children’s lives. And by the way, I am a woman!

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By DoctorK, September 30, 2008 at 1:29 am Link to this comment

You don’t have to be a Democrat to realize what a grave mistake McCain made in his ‘deal with the devil’ (i.e. his Repugnican advisors) in agreeing to accept Palin as his running mate. For all the pandering going on leading up to the 10-2 debate, the mantra now is “let Sarah Palin be Sarah Palin”. For all you people who buy into the “emperor’s new clothes” stance, I hope the American public does get to see the real Sarah Palin, as painful as it may be. Sans a teleprompter and covert hearing device, let the chips fall where they may. The fact that people want or expect her to be held to a ‘lower’ standard is an insult to our collective intelligence.  Then again, look who’s been sitting at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the last 8 years.

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By amindisaterriblethingtowaste, September 30, 2008 at 12:05 am Link to this comment
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Sue Cook is not for real, right? I mean, surely she realizes that the job of any journalist is to ask tough questions to get to underlying truths. I must admit, I had to watch Fox News all weekend, and if that is your idea of journalism, no wonder you don’t recognize the legitimate kind. So far, no one has even asked Sarah Palin any tough questions, yet she has been unable to give any answers that suggest that she even understands the questions, let alone has any idea of any possible answers. It is an embarrassment to our nation that someone with Palin’s extremely limited world view, life experience and basic knowledge about what is happening with our banking/financial/economic problems right was chosen as next-in-line for the most important job in the world.

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By Joe Rotes, September 29, 2008 at 11:20 pm Link to this comment
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Sue Cook - The only explanation I have for your inane observations is that either you are a Palin operating under a pseudonym or you are purposely yanking everyone’s chain.

Else you are really voting for the lying McCain and the inane Palin - in which case even God cannot save our great country. I thought the only people who would vote for this ticket would be rednecks (mostly in Texas).

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By Opening Eyes, September 29, 2008 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment

She’s great at being a talking head—-but only preplanned, prescripted.  She does better with Daddy McWorse at her side.
Sad bumpersticker:  McCain 08, Palin 09.
Please don’t give her a chance.

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By Chamika, September 29, 2008 at 9:01 pm Link to this comment
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I am sorry to have to disagree with what you say. You think if she was her own self, Palin would prove herself? Btu wait a minute, if she was so rehearsed, how come she kinda went against McCain’s views and almost sided with Obama on Pakistan? Does that make sense to you? I am not a Democrat (hell, I’m not even AMerican!) but I am an ardent student of politics and international affairs… Maybe the press is bringing out the best in Palin but surely you are not attributing all her bad answers to the ‘mean press’ and ‘being rehearsed’. If she can’t speak her own mind, isn’t she unsuitable for a leader anyway??? I can debate with you to the end of the earth on this one Sue smile Maybe if you’re become more dispassionate about the candidates and look for their intelligence, you’d think differently.

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By Fran Barlow, September 29, 2008 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment
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It seems so. She is great when the music is behind her, the teleprompter handy and nobody demanding requests, but with every interview she shows that she has no material of her own, or even material that others have handed her.

Really, if McCain is to keep his hopes alive, or at least spare the country more embarrassment, she has to go.

Maybe he can spin it as her ‘wanting to spend more time with her family’ and pack her off to Wasilla or Juneau.

It’s not clear who would step in for her though—maybe Fred Thompson would be the least bad choice.

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By geek, September 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment
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The interviews with Governor Palin speak for themselves.

Getting upset with the media for stating the obvious and blaming it on bias is I guess denial and easier than just saying your embarrassed to be stuck supporting Governor Palin.

I am not going to be critical of her, there is no longer a question about her that needs to be answered.

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By truthseeker4all, September 29, 2008 at 8:13 pm Link to this comment

“I’m told McCain recently expressed unhappiness with his staff’s handling of Palin.”

Unhappiness with whom.  Is he blaming his aides because his running mate is dumb as a doornail?  Or is he upset because they let her speak without a script?  Or, maybe, is he upset that they talked him into selecting an air head as a running mate?  Either way, HE’s the one responsible for this mess!

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By troublesum, September 29, 2008 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment

cbsnews.com has a new 3 1/2 minute segment with Palin AND McCain with Couric.

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By Darkman, September 29, 2008 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment
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I always thought that no one could have been any “Dumber” than Bush! But Mrs. Palin, has shown us in so many ways,Thats not so.


      PS.Who said “Blonds” were dumb!!???

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By mill, September 29, 2008 at 6:19 pm Link to this comment

Governor Palin doesn’t yet understand much about national and international affairs, and her domestic record suggests she personalizes everything, to the detriment of the people she is to serve as a public official

Her attacks on opponents sound like school yard slimes. 

I’d like to hear her talk about how to solve our involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan;  how we fix the regulatory structure of US capitalism

our troops are at risk, our economy is failing ... and some posters think she should lecture the opposition about social courtesies? some Fox commentators suggest that she should receive deference from the media?  as a candidate to be a public SERVANT not queen bee of America?

how sad for our troops, stuck in a misguided war.  how sad for our seniors, trying to survive on investments who’s values are way down due to high-risk financial decisions by unaccountable executives in our major financial companies

and people still want to do the partisan slimeball bs

how pathetic

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By ashley kerry, September 29, 2008 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment
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Biden and Sarah will be interesting. See Sarah with Barack Obama:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49I_BKn7tj4

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By Mudbones, September 29, 2008 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment

Sue CooK,
I think the media has been too easy on the Gov, she is truly lacking….

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By Daniel, September 29, 2008 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment
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Mccain should have never “suspended” his campaign, and turned this into a political grand standing sideshow, which made this whole thing reek and look staged in the end. He pulled Barack Obama into it, and this made everything worse. It became political during an election process, at our expense.
Mccain’s decision to do this shows his inability to lead. Mccain is gambling with our lives here, and his major mistake was to gamble with AMERICAN VOTERS!!!

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By pacer521, September 29, 2008 at 4:49 pm Link to this comment
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By Robert Wells, September 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment
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I think the thing that really viscerally troubles me about Sarah Palin is not her incredibly obvious inadequacy for the job, its the amount of mindless support that she is being given.  It really makes me ill.  Is the voting public as stupid that the appear?  Surely not.  Partisanship is one thing, but to blind devotion in the face of a total lack of preparedness is distressing.  The media is the problem?  Katie Couric sat there without emotion, while she was forced to listen to this baloney.  How ever you feel about Katie, she did something I couldn’t do.  Sit with a straight face.  Sarah Palin does not deserve anyone’s respect, she is an embarrassment.  The members of her constituiency deserve even less respect and are the true embarrassment.

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By FML, September 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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Sarah is no rocket scientist but she is Gov. of the State of Alaska, an elected official that is. People elected her into office, she just didn’t walk into the position. HOWEVER, she DOES NOT HAVE EXPERIENCE TO LEAD A NATION. That is the issue here, not her competency “to rule”, but her effectiveness as Pres. God forbid McCain bails out while in office.

In terms of what she knows, well, she knows as much as any other American; not much.

People in this country have lofty visions of themselves. Wake up people, there is a reason why the US is no longer ranked in the top 10-12 in the world…..go read a book and stop watching Dancing with the Stars….

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By Sepharad, September 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment
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Sue Cook—

Are you crazy? Couric was asking really easy questions that high school students shouldn’t be able to graduate without knowing. And people in the media have tried to be, well, NICE, as inappropriate as that may be, considering that it’s their job to publicly vet the person who may be elected the next leader of the so-called free world. For example, someone—Katie?—asked Sarah what insights she’d gained from being able to see Russia from some parts of Alaska on clear days? As a veteran of print journalism, I can guarantee you that holds the record for the largest lifesaving ring ever tossed to a floundering interviewee and Palin still managed to drown herself.

As a strong (and slightly bitter) Hillary suuporter, I’ve been only a lukewarm Obama supporter but as a patriotic American there is no possible way I’d ever vote for McCain now: he left either his patriotism or his brain at home when he chose plucky Palin. Her deficiencies in knowledge and wit are hugely obvious and she simply should not in any position to beco
e Preisdent or hold any other kind of decision-making position.

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By Alex White, September 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment
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I find it very amusing that Republicans call out Dems for being nasty and cheap shot/low blow etc..

No doubt - the nature of the beast, Dems and Repub’s play politics, but Repubs have always been the attack and destroy with super distorted information, and dismiss comments against them.

This election flips it on its head - the accusations come from a desperate sinking ship.

McCain is trying to blame Dem’s for the bills failure to pass when he couldnt rally his own team behind him?  It didnt pass because of Pelosi’s “Partisan” speech—so the partisan response is justified?

Theres no need to put Barack on any pedestal for him to be head and shoulders above the confused and deluded McCain.

Mac gets immeasurable respect for his sacrifices and services to this country - but he is not presidential material. End Game.

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By Sue Cook, September 29, 2008 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment

It’s not just CBS’s interview, it’s the media, stupid in general!  They are clearly out to destroy her because she dared nip Obama in the bud by reminding him that maybe he should have treated Hillary with a little more respect.

Woman will make their own judgment on whether Sarah is “experienced” enough. After all, Obama is still struggling with that perception by the people.

What are the liberals and news media (who are clearly in the tank for Obama) scared of?

Their motto: Destroy first, ask questions later!

What a bunch, where’s the credibility?

Boycott the media, and dare to choose the candidate of your choice by yourself and without bias.

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By Catherine, September 29, 2008 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment

Palin doesn’t need any help to look and sound foolish. She’s her own worst enemy because she’s simply not capable of doing any better.  You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, no matter how hard you try or wish it to be.  You can’t “rebrain” someone, either.  This gal is waaaaay out of her league, and attacking Katie Couric because Palin failed to be the least bit coherent doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, either.  The interview stands for itself.  What is it with Repubs who think dumb “leaders” are the best things since sliced bread?  Hasn’t W been enough for them? 

Couric asked fair questions.  Palin simply couldn’t answer them.  Just because Palin is sitting on a vagina doesn’t make her the best VP choice.  IF McCain wanted to choose a female VP running mate, he would’ve done much better choosing Condi Rice… or even Dana Perino!

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By Alan, September 29, 2008 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment
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Under the Rovians, a more virulent fascist political
form than mere Reaganism, calamity has the become
core policy of the Republican Party. 
They have done everything possible
to create a calamitous situation:
a calamitous economy which they wish now to
finish off by neglecting their duty,
a horrendous, calamitous presidential campaign
designed to saddle us with an old goat and a
a frog brain.  This is just too much,
too much!

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By John P. Brunner, September 29, 2008 at 11:46 am Link to this comment
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Sarah…don’t forget to tell us about how your fundamentalist religious views might impact your ability to lead. Do you really believe that dinosaurs roamed the earth 4000 years ago? Do you agree that “Intelligent Design” (Creationism) ought be be taught in science class? Are excited about the “Rapture” happening in your life time?

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By Sue Cook, September 29, 2008 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

Ok Sarah, you really need a media “eating crow” moment!  Hillary managed a few during the primaries and the dogs had to pull back and regroup. Quite the refreshing site!

I say just be yourself.  You were a mayor and now a governor.  You aren’t expected to be a scholar on foreign policy. It isn’t your role.  Most governors don’t know all there is to know on foreign policy.

If they over prep you, I’m afraid it’ll show and look “rehearsed”.  (like Obama did.)  I think people are yearning to see who you are and what you can do without all the coaching.  I know I am.

Don’t worry, I don’t pay too much attention to CBS or any other network who are doing their darnness to see you fail and humiliate you.  They’re just looking for ratings and are phony.  Katie Couric?, give me a break.  She hasn’t been nowhere near close to any credible ratings since she took the anchor chair at CBS!  Are you kidding?, this latest interview is the most anyone has heard from CBS and their drooling over their very rare, but short-lived popularity.

Good luck, I have faith in you.

Don’t let the bastards get you down, Come out stinging!

Let em all EAT CROW! (munch, munch, munch!)

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