Sarah Palin

Has The Mccain Campaign Broken Sarah Palin?
September 26, 2008

Ezra Klein (and pretty much anyone else who's watched the Palin-Couric interviews) asks, "What's happened to Sarah Palin?" The fact that Palin's responses to questions are becoming increasingly incoherent rather than rapidly more polished is interesting. Rote memorization should have all but eliminated the overlay of nonsense in her answers by now. I don't pretend to have any first- (or second- or third-) hand knowledge of why it is that Palin's performance in the Katie Couric interviews was so much worse than her performance with Charlie Gibson just a couple of weeks ago.

A Semi-defense Of Sarah Palin
September 25, 2008

Okay, maybe not even that. Let's call it a charitable interpretation of Sarah Palin. Matthew Yglesias is puzzled by her statement (in the interview Chris highlights below): “It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska.” Yglesias wonders whether  Palin may have gotten a briefing that told her that Alaska is in the flight-path for some Russian nuclear missiles that go over the arctic en route to destinations in the United States.

Palin's Rocky Turn With Couric
September 25, 2008

It hasn't gotten anything like the attention of her Charlie Gibson interview, but I think Sarah Palin was a lot shakier in this chat with Katie Couric (which the Obama campaign is eagerly sending around this morning). She looks nervous and sounds unsteady, her syntax is an awkward and tangled mess of passive constructive and misused words (she says she's been "rallying" against lobbyist influence when she seems to mean "railing"), and she has nothing but bromides to offer. And her answer at the end about McCain's record is... cringe-inducing.

What's More Is That She Cannot Put Together A Sentence Or, For That Matter, A Thought; Is This A Conspiracy To Make George Bush Seem Literate And Coherent?
September 24, 2008

Well, the first wisdom of the pundits was that the choice of Sarah Palin for vice president was inspired. All over the country Democrats had a sinking feeling that McCain had outfoxed them. Biden seemed to have evaporated. Palin, Palin, Palin was on everybody's lips.The Obama ticket fell in the polls.A few weeks have passed. The American people have had occasions to see her, hear her and read about her.  Apparently, they did not like what they saw or what they heard or what they read. Katie Couric has been with Palin for some time. Here's the first installment.

Another Reason To Vote For Her
September 24, 2008

Sarah Palin has been to the big town, and there she met the heads-of-state of Iraq (the leader of Kurdistan just in case you thought Iraq had not changed for the better), Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Georgia and Ukraine. She had long sessions with them of about half an hour, which meant she learned about as much as her head could absorb. She also had a tutorial with Henry Kissinger. Sarah is now prepared for life. Today she warned the country that, if the Congress does not sign on to the bailout, we might be heading into a disaster like the Great Depression.

We've Secretly Replaced Your Spineless Tv Anchors With...
September 24, 2008

Yesterday on CNN, anchor Campbell Brown went into a self-described rant against the McCain campaign. The occasion was yesterday's now-infamous attempt to bar producers and reporters from accompanying news cameras as Palin met with some world leaders at the United Nations. The attempt, as my colleague Michelle Cottle notes below, was largely successful. But it also inspired a backlash, ranging from snarky wire story leads to Brown's on-air condemnation.

Fredo Of The North
September 24, 2008

So, who exactly is Talis Colberg, the Alaskan Attorney General who, despite a raftload of conflicts of interest, has proven so central to Sarah Palin's efforts to squelch the ongoing Troopergate investigation? An Alaskan lawyer (and blogger) explains: Prior to being plucked from obscurity by Sarah Palin, Talis Colberg was a home grown Mat-Su Valley homeboy who practiced workers compensation law by himself out of a small office in downtown Palmer, a farm town (of sorts) down the road from Wasilla.

Defining Press Coverage Down
September 24, 2008

Last night I caught MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell chatting about the media's valiant "pushback" against Sarah Palin's handler's attempts to keep journalists away from its gal yesterday as Palin did her deb with various world leaders. Mitchell and Maddow were understandably annoyed by the McCain campaign, but proclaimed themselves "heartened" by the spine showed when the networks threatened to pull their cameras--thus ruining the Palin team's happy little "photo spray"--if the campaign indeed refused to allow even one editorial producer into the meetings.

Spare Me Your Reverse Snobbery
September 22, 2008

On the blogs today, I've seen a couple of mentions of Ralph Peters' snooty-elitists-are-out-to-get-Palin rant in the NY Post. The entire first half seems worth reproducing: I KNOW Sarah Palin, and so does my wife. Neither of us ever actually met the governor of Alaska, but we grew up with her - in the small-town America despised by the leftwing elite. One gal-pal classmate of my wife's has even traveled from New York's Finger Lakes to Alaska to hunt moose with her husband. (Got one, too.) And no, Ms. Streisand, she isn't a redneck missing half her teeth - she's a lawyer.

Hillary Spotlights Reproductive Rights
September 19, 2008

 Hillary has an op-ed in today's NYT that looks at the Bush administration's latest effort to undercut women's health and reproductive rights. Someone in our office suggested that the piece's failure to mention any of the current presidential combatants means Hillary has decided to check out of this race and focus squarely on rebuilding her own brand. Maybe. But I actually see this piece as lending a hand to Team Obama by aiming to make voters think twice about the consequences of a pro-life White House.