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09:55 pm - answers with substance? lemme get back to you on that one, kates
I never thought I'd see the day when Katie Couric of all people schools a big-name politician and granted, schooling Sarah Palin might not exactly be the hardest thing to do, but my god this is one hell of a trainwreck. Watch Palin's blank stare near the beginning as she tries to form words. Or watch her dancing nimbly around the issues and trying to dig at Obama and then using the classic "Oh I don't believe in the polls" defense when called on it. Palin often sounds like she's giving answers in an entirely different interview. Or maybe she's the substitute on the debate team who suddenly gets pressed into action without actually doing the research beforehand. Whatever it is, this just amazes me. This is a grown adult who is seeking to hold the second-highest office in this country. I've heard 8th grade student council candidates more informed than this, and they promised a soda machine in the cafeteria to boot. The highlight from the transcript comes near the end in this two-act cavalcade of hilarity:
[ACT 1]

Couric: Would you support a moratorium on foreclosures to help average Americans keep their homes?

Palin: That's something that John McCain and I have both been discussing - whether that ... is part of the solution or not. You know, it's going to be a multi-faceted solution that has to be found here.

Couric: So you haven't decided whether you'll support it or not?

Palin: I have not.

Couric: What are the pros and cons of it do you think?

Palin: Oh, well, some decisions that have been made poorly should not be rewarded, of course.

Couric: By consumers, you're saying?

Palin: Consumers - and those who were predator lenders also. That's, you know, that has to be considered also. But again, it's got to be a comprehensive, long-term solution found ... for this problem that America is facing today. As I say, we are getting into crisis mode here.

[ACT 2]

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

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

Palin: He's also known as the maverick though, taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he's been talking about - the need to reform government.

Couric: But can you give me any other concrete examples? Because I know you've said Barack Obama is a lot of talk and no action. Can you give me any other examples in his 26 years of John McCain truly taking a stand on this?

Palin: I can give you examples of things that John McCain has done, that has shown his foresight, his pragmatism, and his leadership abilities. And that is what America needs today.

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

Palin: I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you.
Yeah, you go get right on that, chief.

Someone on Metafilter coined the phrase, or claimed their friend has coined the phrase "Fail Mary" when it comes to the events of the McCain campaign for the past twenty-four hours. When David Letterman stops his show to go and make fun of you in a nearby studio, you know there's been some serious failure. Holy cow. I don't particularly like making political posts but somehow we seem to have transcended politics and plunged headlong into the theater of the absurd, and there ain't no comin back from that.

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Date:September 25th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
If McCain/Palin win (and at this point it wouldn't be a sucker bet to put money on that), any subsequent election might as well be one of those ones we used to laugh about in bad cyberpunk novels. Swartznegger/Eastwood. Stewart/Colbert. Dog/Cat. I mean really, what does it matter?

And the saddest thing is, the Arnold/Clint ticket would still likely be more qualified than what's up there now.
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Date:September 25th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
I wouldn't put long money on it, no. Regardless, it's still not a sucker bet; things are awfully close and there are still 40 days left for McCain and company to pull something.
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Date:September 25th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
I don't know about you guys but all my money is on the Tigh/Roslin ticket. The time Tigh spent in a Cylon base camp made him even more patriotic and Roslin's decision to outlaw abortion will definitely resonate well with the base.

"I'm Saul Tigh and you better frakking believe I approved this message!"
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Date:September 25th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
They've got my vote, considering Bill the Cat is nowhere to be seen.
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Date:September 25th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
My friend sent me that a little while ago.

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Date:September 25th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
I have not yet been able to force myself to watch more than bits and pieces from any interview with this.... person. (For lack of a better term.)

Astounding. (Also, I thank those of you brave enough to actually stomach watching it all.)
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Date:September 25th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
I just...I can't....no words.

That interview was...hideous. It literally was like someone's Mom trying to talk to Katie Couric. Complete fish out of water. And people are comparing her to Obama? Seriously? Seriously?!?

I'll have to get back to you when my mouth closes and brain gets back into gear.
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Date:September 25th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
I saw a line in one of the (many) election-related sidebars in the New Yorker that stated that McCain probably sorely regrets not picking Romney-the-businessman right about now, what with the impending economic Armageddon.

Of course, Romney would have been bad for completely different reasons.
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Date:September 25th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Well, at least this explains why McCain's campaign didn't want reporters asking her questions. Wow!
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Date:September 25th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
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Date:September 25th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Sarah Palin's voice gives me seizures.
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Date:September 25th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Oh, boy!

I love the names people are giving her: Mooselini, Snowbilly.

And I love it when the attractive/celebrity/widow candidates are allowed to do interviews. They roll downhill so pretty.
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Date:September 25th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
God. She sounds like Dana Carvey's impression of George Bush. Stay the course... thousand points of light... maverick... mooseburgers...

Edited at 2008-09-25 04:56 am (UTC)
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Date:September 25th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
I just saw my shadow, and now I'm going back in my den while you all get six more weeks of drivel.
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Date:September 25th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
Oh God.
Date:September 25th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
All I know is that I went into the comic book store yesterday, and all three employees there were huddled around the computer reading updates about McCain's debate cancellation and Obama's response out loud to each other.

Date:September 25th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
I think we're watching McCain's campaign fall into a death spiral. I'm not certain enough of it yet to make a prediction, but based on a bunch of things I'm seeing, my gut tells me he's toast barring a "terrorist attack" or something similar in the next few weeks.

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