Sarah Palin

Running Against Sarah
September 16, 2008

Palin's former foes offer battle-worn advice.

Bush Doctrine Follies
September 13, 2008

Interesting WaPo piece on the meaning of the Bush doctrine. I think two things can be--and are--simultaneously true here: 1. The meaning of "Bush Doctrine" is subject to some legitimate debate. 2. Sarah Palin couldn't have outlined that debate for you 48 hours ago. By the way, her extended interview on 20/20 last night may have been the real low point of her ABC adventure.

The Phonetic Sarah Palin, Cont'd
September 12, 2008

I meant to mention this earlier, but on ABC last night Sarah Palin committed a Bush-like mispronunciation of the word nuclear as "nuculer." Guess she's adrift when the campaign-approved pronunciation isn't spelled out phonetically for her. Maybe it's time for a new flashcard. (Not to fear, though: I'm reliably told Palin knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America....) --Michael Crowley

Dee Dee Myers: What Obama Should Do Next
September 12, 2008

Barack Obama is slumping. Poll numbers are down. Enthusiasm is down. Democrats, once again, are freaking. So, we asked a few folks, from different walks of life, to offer their opinion on what Obama should do to improve his standing. Here's what former Bill Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers had to say: The first thing you have to do is stop running against Sarah Palin and start running against John McCain. She's sort of bullet-proof, so the best thing to do in my opinion is to use her enormous popularity to contrast with John McCain.

Palin Book-ban Update
September 12, 2008

  The McCain campaign now concedes to the Associated Press that Sarah Palin, as mayor, asked her town librarian about book-banning three times. That's quite a strong interest in a hypothetical action she had no intention of taking. The AP also has more context: According to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman newspaper, Emmons did not mince words when Palin asked her "how I would deal with her saying a book can't be in the library" on Oct.

Palin's Oil Tax Heresy?
September 12, 2008

The key to Sarah Palin's popularity in Alaska might have something to do with the fact that this Friday, her administration will give every man, woman, and child in Alaska a $3,269 check. What did Palin do to free up this kind of money? She increased the oil tax from a 10 percent gross revenue tax to a 25 percent profits tax. The result was a massive influx of cash to state coffers. BP, for example, saw its state taxes increase by 480 percent. All of this should be anathema to economic conservatives, who cry class warfare whenever Democrats broach the topic of windfall profits taxes.

Palin-mccain
September 12, 2008

Per the WashPost, McCain's top campaign guru, Steve Schmidt, accompanied Sarah Palin all the way to Alaska. More evidence of the obvious: This is not the McCain-Palin campaign anymore, but the Palin-McCain campaign. --Michael Crowley

Crashing Palinpalooza
September 11, 2008

Palin puts the "party" back in GOP.

Palin And Gibson
September 11, 2008

A nominee for President, or in the case of Sarah Palin, Vice-President, can pretty much sit for any interview with any media outlet at any time. Determining which interviews to do, and when, is therefore critical. Up until last night's interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson, the McCain campaign had shielded Governor Palin from the media.  And based on her performance yesterday they were right to do so. Let's first give Gov.

Palin On Abc
September 11, 2008

Eve, good summary of Palin's ABC appearance. The entire Sarah Palin saga has been thoroughly surreal, but there was something particularly weird about watching her deal with enormous geostrategic questions--Russian aggression, Iran and the bomb, al Qaeda--that she'd likely never spent a continuous hour of her professional life worrying about until this month.

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