Babbling incoherently

The real story tonight is the economic crisis, Paulson’s proposed $700 billion bailout, and McCain suspending his campaign in order to posture as some sort of action hero. I certainly want to write about that twisted tale, but tonight I don’t have time to do it justice.

The other story that’s roiling the blogosphere is less important, but much simpler to capture in a post. I refer to Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric.

Palin babbles incoherently, to the point where I’m actually feeling sorry for her humiliation.

There’s another, equally bad excerpt from the Couric interview here.

It’s obvious what’s going on. Republican experts have been tutoring Palin for four weeks now, filling her head full of important facts. (Remember this post?) Palin can’t keep any of it straight in her head; it comes out in this interview like an audio tape that has been cut into strips and then spliced together again in a random order. Health care reform / job creation / tax relief / reduced spending —

trade as opportunity, not as, uh, competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs created in the trade sector today

— none of which has anything to do with the question Couric asked.

Actually this is an important story, because Palin could be “a heartbeat away from the presidency” as of January 20. This is John McCain’s pick for Vice President?! It’s utterly indefensible.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nebcanuck
    Sep 26, 2008 @ 00:53:11

    I’ve gotta say, I still can’t quite get my head around the way that the conversation goes. It’s clear that Palin has no idea what she’s saying about the economic situations, and that she’s deferring to McCain and co. whenever possible. But what really gets me is how little she seems to understand what the interviewer is saying!

    There’s one point, where the two are walking together at the beginning, and the interviewer tries to offer evidence of some kind that the situation is shady. But Palin doesn’t seem to even register this, and instead flounders about and says the exact same thing she said previously.

    The same thing occurs later on, when Palin is asked about why McCain is the logical choice and not Obama. The interviewer points to polls to say that voters actually think that Obama is just as competent. Palin doesn’t seem to respond at all to the fact that this was an obvious rebuttal of her point. Instead, she simply asserts that McCain is the better man for the job — which entirely ignores the commentary by the interviewer that Obama is equally favoured by voters.

    It’s not just that she is reciting rhetoric. It’s that she seems completely unable to navigate her way through very simple propositions presented to her. I don’t know if it’s an extreme case of stage fright or what, but there’s obviously something going on beyond simply not being prepared. Even an unprepared person can recognize what they’re being asked.


  2. Stephen
    Sep 26, 2008 @ 06:01:11

    That’s a good observation. I think Palin is smarter than she appears in this interview.

    To be sure, I don’t think she’s qualified to be Vice President (let alone President). But she couldn’t have become a Governor, even in Alaska, if she’s not brighter than she comes across here.

    She’s trying to be someone other than herself. Last week she met with Henry Kissinger, who drilled her on foreign affairs. She’s got all this information floating around in her brain, but she isn’t actually an expert on foreign affairs. The Republicans need her to pose as something she’s not.

    You’re right, Palin isn’t even hearing what the interviewer is saying. She’s busy thinking, “I’ve got to remember that health care reform is actually an economic issue — I’ve got to get that out there somehow.”

    Got to tick all the boxes — so many boxes! — and she doggedly sets out to do so.

    When you’re in a conversation, and you’re busy thinking about the next thing you’re going to say, you stop listening. As a result, Palin comes across as stupider than she actually is.


  3. Bill
    Sep 26, 2008 @ 14:22:45

    For some reason I read your last point as “When you’re a CONSERVATIVE , and you’re busy thinking about the next thing you’re going to say, you stop listening.”

    On reread I got it, but there is some truth to my initial read.


  4. 49erDweet
    Sep 27, 2008 @ 13:22:59

    Interesting comments. In my view McC’s advisers should just brief the governor and turn her loose to sink or swim on her own. I think she’s smart enough to answer the question and then say, “Dear, I just answered that question”, smile at the talking head and wait for another. But she’s obviously been coached too tightly to toe the campaign line, To her credit she didn’t try to vamp on and make up drivel, as most DC pols are wont to do. imo.



  5. Stephen
    Sep 27, 2008 @ 16:12:49

    I’d say the situation hurt McCain last night. Joe Biden appeared on all the major networks; Palin, of course, was nowhere.

    And I think you’re right, 49er, they’d have been better off taking the risk of letting her be herself.


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