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Asked About Court Rulings, Palin Draws a Blank

By Howard Kurtz
After a lengthy, smiling pause, Sarah Palin could not name a Supreme Court decision she disagrees with, beyond Roe v. Wade, in an interview that aired tonight on CBS.

The Alaska governor had just finished explaining that abortion should be decided by individual states when CBS anchor Katie Couric asked, "What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?"

"Well, let's see," Palin said, stalling for time. "There's, of course -- in the great history of America rulings, there have been rulings, that's never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be, there would be others but..."

Asked again if she could think of any, Palin answered without naming a ruling or even subject area on which she would challenge the high court.

One puzzling aspect of Palin's non-response is that she was heavily involved in one of the court's biggest cases, a decision three months ago to slash the punitive damages awarded to those whose livelihoods were affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound. The court ended nearly two decades of legal battles by cutting the award from $2.5 billion to $500 million.

Palin sided with the nearly 33,000 fishermen, native Alaskans and others who sued because of the accident -- although she and her husband dropped out because of his commercial fishing business -- and she denounced the court ruling afterward. But she made no mention of the case in the interview.

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 1, 2008; 8:27 PM ET
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Obama taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago. He could discuss cases all the way back to the beginning of the Supreme Court.

Posted by: ScoutieDog | October 5, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

She lived upto the people's expectations!

Posted by: AnjuChandel | October 3, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing to me not only that McCain emabraces the conservative christians, but that he found the female equivalent of George W. bush.

Posted by: unkiejeff | October 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Unless something happens to McCain, and assuming the Senate is in session, Palin is not going to be able to appoint justices either. The PRESIDENT is the one who nominates; the Senate has to confirm.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 2, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

It is clear that Palin is unqualified and unprepared to take on the roll of Vice President of the United States or the roll of President of the United States. This is not the time in her political career to take on this enormous responsibility. Bad days aside, Palin's lack of knowledge is sobering. She was caught red-faced not knowing much about her own state, the United States, or the world and absolutely nothing about the workings of American government. She should never have been allowed on the show until she was fully prepared. This isn't fun and games, this isn't show biz. This is America's well being we're gambling with here!

In the end, you cannot cram a superficial understanding of the very innards of government or speed read comprehension of world affairs just to succeed in a TV interview or in a debate. Sure you can fool a lot of the people some of the time, but we should be looking for substance here. Sarah Palin is not ready for this job at this time in her career.

Posted by: leap2three | October 2, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"I watched the interview and had to admit to myself that I don't know any other current Supreme Court case I disagree with by name. There's that "takings" case, but I don't know the name."

--

You're not running for Vice President of the United States though, are you?

You are not going to be able to appoint judges to the Supreme Court.

Sarah Palin is...

That's the difference.

Posted by: jelow | October 2, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN PICK_UP A DIMWITTED COCKTAIL WAITRESS,WHOSE BEST FEATURE IS HER GLASSES

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 2, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he knows a lot more than you or I about superme court cases, but we are not con law professors. So, if he can't even name more than one case that he disagrees with, why are we trashing Palin for it? I will look for the NY times piece and see if that answers my question.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

NMModerate1, has Obama been asked to name one than one current Supreme Court case he disagrees with?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 1:50 PM

I don't believe he has. Do you actualy think he doesn't know a lot more than you or I about superme court cases? Did you read the NY times piece a while back where they had constitutional law professors from the right, middle and left review his course syllibi and tests that he wrote and gave to his students? You should try to find it. They were all very impressed with the material he was teaching - they were amazed that he was actually the "real deal" as far as a law professor is concerned.

Posted by: NMModerate1 | October 2, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

NMModerate1, has Obama been asked to name one than one current Supreme Court case he disagrees with?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

No one can say Obama wouldn't have named at least one more case. He's a lawyer for crying out loud! You can bet he follows The Supremes.

Posted by: franglais | October 2, 2008 3:27 AM

That's an understatement. Remember that Obama was a constitutional law professor. He could site chapter and verse of hundreds of supreme court cases and speak intelligently about the underlying issues and why it is important. Of course, he would never do that in an interview because it would be boring to most people and would seem like he was just showing off.
People who equate Obama with Palin (the whole empty suit thing) are out of their minds!

Posted by: NMModerate1 | October 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"Rescue the Rescue "

"I was channel surfing on Monday, following the stock market’s nearly 800-point collapse, when a commentator on CNBC caught my attention. He was being asked to give advice to viewers as to what were the best positions to be in to ride out the market storm. Without missing a beat, he answered: “Cash and fetal.”"

"I always said to myself: Our government is so broken that it can only work in response to a huge crisis. But now we’ve had a huge crisis, and the system still doesn’t seem to work. Our leaders, Republicans and Democrats, have gotten so out of practice of working together that even in the face of this system-threatening meltdown they could not agree on a rescue package, as if they lived on Mars and were just visiting us for the week, with no stake in the outcome.

The story cannot end here. If it does, assume the fetal position."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/01/opinion/01friedman.html?_r=1&em&oref=slogin

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 2, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I watched the interview and had to admit to myself that I don't know any other current Supreme Court case I disagree with by name. There's that "takings" case, but I don't know the name.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

AJ2008:
"Many of the anti-Obama folks try to talk about Obama being an empty suit even when Obama gives them details."

Curious....to which 'details' do you refer?

You typify the normal Obama follower. His grandiose claims to be able to fix every problem count in your book as "details", even though he has no workable plan to accomplish his promises....as evidenced by his recent backing off of several parts of his "economic plan" that was trumpeted for the past few months.

Posted by: dbw1 | October 2, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

mathas:
"This is all the Obama detractors and haters have left. Try to resurrect the Obama is actually a Muslim, Ayers, Wright, Rezko, ACORN stories."

I'm not on board with the Muslim issue, since he isn't, but why shouldn't the other issues of Obama's links to a domestic terrorist, communist-sympathizers, and criminals be fair game in evaluating his candidacy?

Otherwise, by your flawed logic, none of your criticisms of Palin's current issues will be valid in a few months, so then why not vote for her and McCain anyway because your current criticisms will be 'old hat' come January?

Is there anything you can actually defend about Obama's readiness to be President, other than he's not George Bush and he's not Sarah Palin?

Posted by: dbw1 | October 2, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Many of the anti-Obama folks try to talk about Obama being an empty suit even when Obama gives them details.

Now we are seeing a truly empty politician. Sarah Palin is an empty skirt.

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 2, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

AJ2008: "Most parents want their kids to go on to college and do well. For Palin, I really wonder if she pushes education in her household."

She took six years and 5 colleges to complete her degree? Surely that's leading by example?!!

Posted by: YBCsteve | October 2, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

AJ2008:

That's enough for me.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

thor2:

One of us is going to be very disappointed after Election Day. At least I know I won't be rioting.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Really does this surprise people?!

Palin has a journalism degree from the University of Idaho which took her 6 years and going back-and-forth between 5 colleges.

Palin can speak passionately about being pro-life and pro-drilling. That's about it.

Most parents want their kids to go on to college and do well. For Palin, I really wonder if she pushes education in her household.

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 2, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Palin had a bad day with Couric?

How about the interviews with Gibson or Faux News? How about that cheesesteak debacle or was it a pizza parlor? Looks more like a bad month. This woman is absolutely ignorant about anything. That's why every question is a gotcha questions for her.

Honestly, I was a bit worried when McNasty first chose her and was hoping she would destroy the ticket and am happy to see that happening now.

Posted by: thor2 | October 2, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

mathas:

It was a simple question that's all -- I have admitted the chance is less than 2% on other threads -- if you can't admit a secret Muslim agent in the Oval Office would be a problem, there's nothing I can help you with.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Jake D writes:

"The silver lining, of course, is very low expectation level for Gov. Palin. Any gaffe by master debater Biden will finally not be ignored."


Silver lining ? How exactly is the result of this VP debate going to change the results on November 4th ?

Convince voters that Palin is actually qualified to step up, if the 72 year old McCain dies ?

And pols make verbal gaffes all the time. That Biden's don't get the attention YOU think they deserve, is irrelevant in the larger scheme of things.

Posted by: mathas | October 2, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The silver lining, of course, is very low expectation level for Gov. Palin. Any gaffe by master debater Biden will finally not be ignored.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

The truth is Sarah Palin was chosen to appease the Black man hating lesbians and "White Racists and Supremacists who supported Hillary as well as the Religous nutcases who think they've been appointed by GOD to rule over Blacks and other minorities of the world(Rush,Hannity, O'rielly, David Duke).

Its so damn stupid its dumb.

TKCAL"

Posted by: Realbrother0003

Realbrother0003=Republican troll in the employ of McCain

Posted by: edwcorey | October 2, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Jake D writes:

"If he is lying about NOT being a Muslim, however, can we agree that makes him much more likely an enemy terrorist?"


This is all the Obama detractors and haters have left. Try to resurrect the Obama is actually a Muslim, Ayers, Wright, Rezko, ACORN stories.

Meanwhile the polls keep moving in Obama's direction and McCain's choice of Palin is looking more and more like a loser.

Posted by: mathas | October 2, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

gobama:

If he is lying about NOT being a Muslim, however, can we agree that makes him much more likely an enemy terrorist?

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Think of some of the women McCain could have picked:

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R TN 7)

Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R NM 1)

Senator Hutchison (R TX)

Secretary Rice.

Blackburn is a seasoned pol and a staunch conservative who is articulate and passionate.

Wilson is an Air Force academy grad and has a PhD from Oxford.

Hutchison is an attorney, former bank executive and small business owner.

Rice holds a PhD in Russian studies and has served as national security adviser and secretary of state.

McCain's choice of Palin speaks directly to his judgement, or lack thereof.

Posted by: mathas | October 2, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Hey, **threedy**,

Are you kidding me?? ok, so his father was a muslim. the country he came from is a muslim country. So what? What's your point? Muslims are not "the enemy". TERRORISTS are the enemy. charlie manson was a psychotic murderer and was christian. Does it make sense for me to sit here and say christians are psychotic murderers? No. Even if Obama WAS a Muslim, I'd still vote for him. His religion doesn't matter to me. His personal VALUES and policies DO. you are a perfect example of an ignorant american. You give americans a bad name by spewing ridiculous rhetoric like that. Muslim or not, Obama has my vote. Vote on the issues you ridiculous TURD.

GO-BAMA!

Posted by: gobama | October 2, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"Sounds like another piece of slanted journalism to me. Must be part of the VAST LEFT WING CONSPIRACY. Stalin would be proud."

Posted by: DL13

Your post is dim-witted. The media is, and for a while has been, business oriented. While it tries to attract viewers and readers, its allegiance is not to its readers but to its advertisers: banks, investment companies, auto makers, credit-card companies, the pharmaceutical industry--the same constituency the right wing and the Republicans are in bed with. This is as obvious as the cancer scars on McCain's face. But reason, logic, and consumer concerns are not right-wing strong points; lies, distortions, attacks and smears are.

Posted by: edwcorey | October 2, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"Judge may rule today on Troopergate tangle"

"Anchorage Superior Court Judge Peter Michalski will hear arguments this morning and likely rule on the request by five Republican state legislators to halt the Legislature's investigation into what's known as Troopergate. The legislators' lawyers plan to call to the witness stand the state senators overseeing the investigation, as well as the investigator they hired, saying in a press release "it's about time some of these rogue 'investigators' have to face the law.' "

Peter Maassen, the lawyer representing the Legislative Council, which ordered the investigation, said he doubts the judge will allow such testimony. He said the facts aren't really in dispute and the argument is over the law.

"I think the plaintiffs would like to have some political theater instead of the law, since the law isn't very good for them," Maassen said."

http://www.adn.com/troopergate/story/543414.html

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 2, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"But at least it is very clear that the Post is owned and operated by Obama."

Posted by: mgd1

You're too stupid to rate a rebuttal.

Posted by: edwcorey | October 2, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of you political persuasion, you have to admit that Palin hasn't exactly shone in the MSM coverage this week!!

There's an interesting bit of comment/analysis on her capablity vis-a-vis the VP debate here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR_JFpD02D0

The guy in the clip recommends that she find any excuse to pull out of the debate!!

But I've seen a bit of comment suggesting that Palin's ignorance may come over as 'refreshing'.

It'll be interesting to see how her 'unpretentious' lack of competency plays out among the great masses / independents.

I mean, some pundits criticise Obama for being too cool and intellectual - I guess by that logic someone who is anti-intellectual (or comes across that way) might appeal to a lot of independent voters?

Pretty high risk strategy going into a live debate tho - play dumb and hope the public love you for it!

Thoughts?

Posted by: YBCsteve | October 2, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

"She obviously had a very bad interview that day, nervous, brain freeze, what have you. Don't we all have bad days?"

Posted by: washpost33

Then what will she do in a REAL crisis? Your post is silly.

Posted by: edwcorey | October 2, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Jake D writes:

"even with all her problems, I predict:

Sarah Palin gutted Joe Biden and wore him like a pantsuit"


Fine, she can field dress Biden in front of a national TV audience.

Meanwhile recent polling shows that six in ten don't think she's qualified to step up if the 72 year old McCain faltered or died. Her field and stream skills notwithstanding.

McCain rolled the dice with Palin and it's looking more and more like he crapped out.

Not to worry, if Palin bombs(and it's 50 50 that she will bomb) the right wing already has their sacrificial MSM scapegoat in Gwen Ifill.

The upside potential of tonight's debate is marginal for McCain...the downside is enormous. His campaign is on life support at this point and his window to 270 electoral votes is closing by the minute.

Posted by: mathas | October 2, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"How come you big city folks think she should no about a court thing that did not concern her - she minds her own business. ........."
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/01/rednecks-for-palin-wasilla-aa/

Posted by: glclark4750

Maybe it's because most Americans now live in metropolitan areas? And if the SC voted against her side ("her own business"), as the story indicated, how can she not recall it--unless, as a Republican national candidate, she is now more oriented toward big business than toward people? By the way, "no" is a negative. "Know" is the term I think you were groping for. Maybe you should try thinking with your head, not your red neck.

Posted by: edwcorey | October 2, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone see Colbert's bit on voter abstainance?

BECAUSE IF YOU'RE OLD ENOUGH TO VOTE, YOU'RE OLD ENOUGH NOT TO

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

WHY IS AN 'URBAN COMBAT' ARMY UNIT DEPLOYING WITHIN THE U.S.?

What about the Posse Comitatus Act? Why is a U.S. Army unit skilled in Iraqi urban combat deploying in the U.S. on Oct. 1st, the first ever domestic deployment of an active army unit stateside?

Why has the mainstream media failed to explore this deployment, and the status of the Posse Comitatus Act?

Army Times says this unit will be assigned to assist in quelling domestic disturbances, using "non-lethal weapons." Are these radiation-emitting, silent "directed energy weapons"? Is this the vanguard of a coming police state?

See: http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener -- "Zap! Have You Been Targeted by a Directed Energy Weapon?"


Will this issue of using the Army as a domestic police force come up in the VP debate, or in next week's second presidential debate?

And how about THIS question re: the bailout?

HOW CAN THEY COME UP WITH A 'SOLUTION'
WHEN THEY DON'T YET KNOW THE CAUSE?

TARGETING OF AMERICANS BY GOV'T AGENCIES
A ROOT CAUSE OF WALL STREET MELTDOWN?

Once again, Congress is being asked to rush through emergency legislation -- to cede effective control of the economy to the government.

Officials continue to blame lax lending policies on the part of the mortgage industry for spawning this crisis.

But were lenders ORDERED to offer "easy credit" to people "targeted" by government agencies outside the bounds of the judicial system?

Is government "extra-judicial targeting" of American citizens a root cause of the mortgage meltdown that spawned the broader financial crisis?

Consider this:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis OR
members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 2, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

even with all her problems, I predict:

Sarah Palin gutted Joe Biden and wore him like a pantsuit.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Compare Palin's interview with this video of a Miss Teen USA contestant answering why many Americans can't locate their country on a map.

YouTube Video Link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww

Posted by: FellowTraveler | October 2, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Compare Palin's interview with this video of a Miss Teen USA contestant answering why many Americans can't locate their country on a map.

YouTube Video Link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww

Posted by: FellowTraveler | October 2, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

"MARKTHEFIG",
You are THE most ignorant person I have ever encountered, and we haven't even met. Don't talk if you don't know what you're talking about. Learn to spell!
-You will never have a beer with Sarah.
-If you have read the most recent headlines, maybe you will see that our possible future VP doesn't know much about America's history. I think it's kind of a big deal. Check out the interview.
-"Experience is overrated"..? Right. Let's make our president and vice president random people we found on the street. You are an idiot.
-Having her in the office is not about FUN.
-Learn to spell, once again.
-How old are you? Grow up and go to school so you don't sound so ignorant.
-"Yeah it dont hurt..." Really? Why don't you learn about proper grammar and how to speak correctly. You must be some kid in middle school who isn't very bright.

Posted by: lonscho | October 2, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

If she is this bad after being prepped I would hate to see what she was like before. A Heartbeat away from the Presidency, I think not.

Posted by: nclwtk | October 2, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

It's a tough blow for the Republicans that more and more people are seeing through the Palin veil. If only reality, polls, facts and the Republican record didn't favor the Democrats--it just isn't fair.

Posted by: davemarks | October 2, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Washington Post = Obama Propaganda Arm

Propaganda is a concerted set of messages aimed at influencing the opinions or behaviors of large numbers of people. As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda in its most basic sense presents information in order to influence its audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or gives loaded messages in order to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the cognitive narrative of the subject in the target audience to further a political agenda. -- wikipedia


Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist.

—Garth S. Jowett and Victoria O'Donnell, Propaganda and Persuasion

Posted by: joep1 | October 2, 2008 5:11 AM | Report abuse

It's bizarre. Contrast the repeated, floundering responses to similar "Politics 101" questions over the past week or two with the following Palin TV appearance discussing the Supreme Court decision in the Valdez case. http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/10/palins_roe_answer_may_disturb.html

No, it isn't Shakespeare, but it's identifiable as meaningful English. It is this Sarah Palin who will show up at the debate if McCain is lucky. Which I hope he isn't.

Posted by: chris111 | October 2, 2008 3:58 AM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN AND SECESSION FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I have a **HUGE** problem with the fact that Palin and her husband Todd ("first dude") were associated with the Alaskan Independence Party (AIG).

THE GOAL OF THE ALASKAN INDEPENDENCE PARTY

According to their website, the AIG wants to "Become a separate and Independent Nation"

REPUBLICAN HISTORY 101

The Civil War was fought because Southern States were attempting to secede from the United States of America. Over 700,000 people died in that conflict. President Abraham Lincoln brought true Republican values to end the attempted rebellion and keep our country united. There was much blood spilled and sacrifices made to keep our great country united.

Maybe the folks up in Alaska who want to secede from the USA think its "cool" or "fun" to stockpile arms and talk of leaving this great country, but I think that they are unaware of the sacrifices that have been made to keep our country together. Perhaps they really don't understand the benefits that they are receiving by being associated with the USA.

HOW THE MIGHTY PARTY HAS FALLEN!

In 1860 the True Republican Party under Abraham Lincoln's direction stopped the United States from being divided into separate countries. Now, in 2008, Sarah Palin and her husband, who have been members of the Alaskan Independence Party and are sympathetic to the goals of the Alaskan Independence Party becoming an "Independent State" want to become Vice-President and "second dude" ("uh, I'm hopin' to be 'first dude' if mccain kicks th' bucket...") of the USA?

QUESTION SARAH PALIN'S ALLEGIANCE

Q: Does Sarah Palin truly understand our country's history? Does she understand our Constitution and Bill of Rights? Are her values in line with our Founder's values?

Obviously not or she would not have joined forces with a group that wants to secede from our Union!

Sarah Palin, we KNOW that you wear an American flag on your lapel. But, do you honestly: "...pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands one Nation Under God, **INDIVISIBLE**, with Liberty and Justice for all"?

If so, then why did you join and sympathize with a fringe group of Alaskan EXTREMISTS that wants the State of Alaska to SECEDE from the United States?

I do not believe that the Palin's care at all for our country!!!

Anybody who truly attempts secession from this great country of ours should be arrested and put on trial, not promoted to the highest office in the land!!!

Sarah Palin is **NOT** representative of the Republican Party that I know, I disagree strongly with her secessionist "values" and am going to vote against her in the upcoming election.

Here's a video that she made speaking to her "Party"

http://www.homepagedaily.com/Pages/article5871-sarah-palin-addresses-alaskan-independence-party.aspx

Posted by: dmmgba | October 2, 2008 3:58 AM | Report abuse


Biden's gaffes seem acceptable, because he's charming and disarming, much like Reagan was!
Plus, he doesn't have a persecution complex, like others do.

If he hadn't known the answer, he would've bs'ed, too, but with more of an effort to self-deprecate, yet not lose face.
Palin and her people insist she's the victim of "gotcha" questions, but ironically by whining about it, there's more pressure on her to "gotcha" the journalists back.

No one can say Obama wouldn't have named at least one more case. He's a lawyer for crying out loud! You can bet he follows The Supremes.

Posted by: franglais | October 2, 2008 3:27 AM | Report abuse

All of you east coaster elites are just jealous that she's really smart and took on the establishment like the MAVRICK that she is.

Your scared is what it is.

She's awesome and super likeable and I absolutely could see HAVING A BEER with her. What am I going to have with Obama -- sushee?? Give me a break.

Sarah reminds me of my Aunt Lou, who i totally identify with, a hard wokin, no nonsense momma of 7 who "just gits er done!" without a lot of fancy talk. And she puts her country first people, she's not just out to get elected. She wants to "shake things up" in Washington.

Experience is overrated. I'd rather have a Joe 6 Packer with good morals in high office than somebody who's been old and moldy in Washington far way too long.

I think it will be fun havin her in office, shakin things up, and gettin all the old boy network guys off their high horses.

Look out cuz a couple of country first mavricks are comin to town!!!!

And yeah it dont hurt that she's not too hard on the eyes!!!!! but thats just a bonus on all of her executive experience for how she has expertly run Wasilla and the state of Alaska.

Bottom line, she's my girl.

Posted by: markthefig | October 2, 2008 3:04 AM | Report abuse

One note:

Everyone seems to have missed her strange definition of federalism. You can add that to the growing list of middle school civics questions she's punted on.

Posted by: bhare | October 2, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

I've waded through about half of the posts and well, that's enough. I didn't see it mentioned but Couric asked Biden the exact same question in an interview she did with him. In fact, she has asked all of the candidates a core set of questions so she wasn't singling Palin out. It wasn't "Gotcha journalism". Needless to say Biden answered without hesitation.

Palin may be a wonderful person and my opinion might now be much different of her except for one reason. From the first, in the introductory speech she gave in Ohio on August 29th she immediately came out sounding egotistical and bombastic. Then we got an encore performance at the RNC convention and still she continues to reprise her role.

She had a chance to introduce herself to the people of this country who know nothing or almost nothing about her and what did she do? Every one of her supposed great achievements were either outright lies or at best twisted half truths. From the very first she came out spewing vitriolic, acerbic rhetoric about issues and people she knew nothing about. She lost me right then an there, because I am so sick of this kind of partisan divisiveness.

People had better wake up because this country is in a world of hurt. It didn't start two weeks ago either, it started decades ago. But, as long as the masses can be placated with buying way too much cheap Chinese junk and can listen to hate radio, read this wing or that wing media, they are happy. It is time to end, nay reject, the ideological dogma and start using common sense.

There used to be a time in this country not so long ago when people could disagree with each other and still get along. Now we are so polarized and unwilling to listen if it doesn't reaffirm our specific narrow view of the world.

I hope we can step back from this precipice we seem so determined to fling ourselves off of before it is too late. Otherwise start fiddling because Nero is entering stage right and we are witnessing the fall of the Roman Empire.

I am glad my father who in WWII almost lost his life for this country is not here to witness this madness. I am glad my wife's father who lost all of his family except one brother to this sort of demoniacal insanity does not have to see what has become of this country he came to after the war after fighting as a partisan against the Nazis and which he loved so dearly, has become.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 2, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Let's hire the smart people who know enough information to make good decisions about wars and the economy to run the country, and hire the people who have problems just like us to be bartenders and hairdressers.

And the reason the media doesn't pay as much attention to Biden's gaffes is that he is out speaking to anyone, all day, every day, so the gaffes make up about 1/2 of 1% of what he says. Palin makes no sense or is just parroting her handlers about 50% of the time, so that's important enough to be news.

Posted by: dwhitebread | October 2, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

This is just how Republicans vote...

with their sex organs.

That's why we're in two wars, one based on lies, and why we got hit on 911, and why Katrina happened as it did, and why we're now in danger of a new Great Depression.

If Republicans voted with their brains instead of their sex organs, well... they wouldn't be voting for Republicans.

Posted by: j_mcdouglas | October 2, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

With interviews like this, what makes Palin more credible to be VP than any of us posters? Could we all not get up there and give complete general statements?

Moreover, I'm sure we all could have named at least 1 or 2 examples (again). I imagined myself interrupting their interview, on screen saying, "Excuse me Ms. Couric, but let me tell you 1 or 2 decisions I disagreed with......" I felt the same way when asked what newspapers, magazines, etc (again 1 or 2 examples) that I've read.

Palin's assignment is to work on showing the public, why she's more qualified to even be having a VP debate position, more than we are. I'm waiting to be impressed. On basic questions that she should very well know (see previous examples above), she hasn't even shown much effort into the thought process, but she can memorize scripts? I'm sorry, but she has very high expectations to meet, and it is a combination of the fact that McCain chose her and also taking into consideration of responses in interviews; it's not because she's a woman. She's got to overcome that.

Interesting to note, there is only one VP debate. CNN noted that Biden has gotten in nearly 100 interviews since the VP selection. Palin has had, what, a few? And we only get one VP debate with such limited amount of time, and the vast of this country is supposed to take that limited amount of information and level of standard, and vote the McCain/Palin ticket straight to the White House? Man that makes no sense to me.....

None less, good luck to both Palin and Biden. I'd like to see him debate as he naturally would. To play "soft" I think is reverse sexism. If it helps, I think that he should address the people before proceeding with questions and boldly say that he is not a sexist, but that he has much respect for Palin and congratulate her. After that, he ought to make it clear that he's going to do what he's there to do.

Go Biden!! Answer the questions comfortably, and expose differences in the tickets.

Posted by: Obama2008 | October 2, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Wunderwood: Your point is well taken. I do agree... there are many oter decisions and points of debate that could have been brought forth. However, I stand by my comment, which is intended to go far beyond Roe vs Wade. The point here is this media today is completely bias and in the hands of far left leaning and supporting liberals. Your not going to see, nor will you ever see the tough questions put to the democratic candidates because the MSM is in complete agreement with them and completely bias against anything conservative... republican or not. Why is the first thing out of her mouth Roe vs. Wade? I am conservative and am tired of hearing about this football. It is important, but so are scores of other issues facing our nation.

Gravely important events are unfolding all around us...yet not a word can be heard comparred to "Sara Palin". I've been around the block a few times. I have already taken that "spill" off of the turnip truck... many years ago. What I am saying is that I am not buying into this spin. Nobody knows what Palin is going to do here. For that matter, what's the big deal? Let's give her a fair shot. After all, isn't Obama getting a fair shot? If not for his background and training... his associations and political beliefs... his plan to radically effect some of our strongest and most profitabe companies with "windfall" profit taxes and the like... I would strongly consider supporting him. Knowing what I know, it will not be possible.

Quite frankly, I am going to have to hold my nose and vote for a candidate that is not even close to being my first, second or even third pick. I am a republican, but a very, very lonely one. I am tired of being bashed by the majority of commentors on this site... as I am a conservative... but I still read the articles, regardless. Hey, there isn't an American citizen more pissed off at the republican party than me... and I am not a "liberal". Funny thing is... and this is a real grinn... I am what one would call an original "liberal"... a true conservative. I am not a "neo-con"... as most of us are labeled. Couric may have been even toned and may give the appearance of fairness, but is merely an instrument of her network. Like All the others, today, her boss is going to call the shots. They are running the show... not her. If you have to use Palin as a whipping board to get your ratings up, and believe me, she needs it, that's not breakthru... that's "more of the same"(no punn intended).

No one is cueing in on the threats to our security from every direction. World events are rapidly developing that can have far reaching effects upon us all within the next five to ten years... within the next six months, in some cases.

If I was hearing and seeing equal play on those subjects, I might ease up a little and give creedance where it is due. I'm not seeing it... not in the slightest.

Anyway, Wunderwood, you seem to be a level headed individual and a nice guy. You made some good points.

Posted by: oldanncrjr | October 2, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

watch Palin talk about Exxon Valdez here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H-26MOxH34&NR=1

makes a guy wonder about her sincerity with the fishermen.

Posted by: funhog | October 2, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

JD:

"Do you brainless bots, lacking in any achievement since you were toilet trained, jobless, overweight, with not a snowball's chance of ever getting laid, really think you are qualified to pass judgment on a young woman who has raised 5 children, remained happily married for 20 years, ran a successful business, been elected and re-elected mayor, and is currently the most popular governor of any state in the Union?"

Um, if she wants to be MY vice-president of MY country... why, yes, I am qualified. It's called having the right to vote.

(BTW, in Minor vs. Happerstett (1875), the Supreme Court ruled that women did not have the right to vote. I happen to disagree with that ruling.)

Posted by: jennyj1 | October 2, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN WAS PICKED BY A 72 YEAR OLD.WHAT LITTLE WE HAVE KNOW OFF SARAH PALIN, I WONDER ABOUT THE 72 YEAR OLD'S JUGEMENT.SARAH PALIN IS NOT VICE PRESIDENT MATERIAL AND IF THE 72 YEAR OLD NEVER FINISHED HIS TERM, HANG ON. SARAH PALIN SHOULD JUST DROP OUT OF THE RACE FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY.ONLY THE 72 YEAR OLD MADE THE MISTAKE PICKING YOU.

Posted by: usapdx | October 2, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

You have to go see the video where McCain argues with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register. He says that he's totally unaware that there's any issue with her, that "no polls show that" anyone is considered about her experience. Except he says, sneering, 'for some cocktail types in Georgetown."

Really? Is he truly this out of touch? So his campaign team doesn't read newspapers, editorials, surf these blogs, read letters to the editors. Or, how about polls? One says that 52% of Americans cite serious concerns about her experience.

No, it hasn't come up.

On an NPR interview today, McCain said that he has consulted Palin “many times” on foreign policy issues. He then said that he would “never listen” to the advice of Obama and Biden on foreign policy. Obama and Biden are both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden is the Chairman.

So he would “never listen” to the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but he would rely on the advice of a small state governor with less than 20 months of experience who can’t cite a newspaper that she reads regularly?

If that truly is the case, he is just as unqualified to be president as Palin.

He is embarassing himself, and insulting us all at the same time.

He just sat there and bold-faced lied.

Posted by: Kathleen4 | October 1, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Proof-Read Saint!

Why "Did NOT" Barry and....

Dimocrat's Bad! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 1, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

How many of these moronic Posters;

even Listened to the interview?

?

She, unlike Barry O'Bomba-Nation-Or for that matter even McAmnesty, UNDERSTANDS the Job at Hand!

The President is the Commander in Chief, and, the ENFORCER of the Federal Constitution and it's implied laws!

Barack's SPENDING Packages there WaPo?

C'Mon! The President cannot "Spend" a Penny! Seems Barry thinks he is going to become Senate Majority Leader of the Executive Branch!

Why?

I mean WHY? Did Barry O'Bomba-Nation, and McAmnesty;

Promote any of their "Promises" as SENATORS?

Ahem;

Mitt,


Mitt Romney/ Huckleberry or Alan Keyes-08!!!!!

It is NOT TOO LATE!!!!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 1, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

What exactly IS the collective noun for a bunch of morons?
Posted by: jd-winterbottom

Is the word you are looking for REPUBLICAN?

Posted by: slackass |
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Gee, I thought it was the Winterbottoms

Posted by: LABC | October 1, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

John McCain Is NOT An Economic Reformer!

Three and a half years ago, John McCain belatedly cosponsored an apparently "dead" bill on mortgage regulation. He then did nothing else to revive it or bring it back up for consideration.

http://4thoffense.com/mc.html

S.190 - A bill to address the regulation of secondary mortgage market enterprises, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hagel, Chuck [NE] (introduced 1/26/2005)
Latest Major Action: 7/28/2005 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
COSPONSORS(3)
Sen Dole, Elizabeth [NC] - 1/26/2005
Sen Sununu, John E. [NH] - 1/26/2005
...time passes...
7/28/2005 (the date of this bill's LAST activity)
Sen McCain, John [AZ] - 5/25/2006

10 MONTHS after anyone had looked at this bill, McCain blew the dust off it and cosponsored it. He didn't do anything to push it forward, and the bill never saw any more activity in the Senate.

That seems to demonstrate a serious lack of leadership. It also continues the pattern of McCain stretching the truth, distorting the facts and outright lying to get elected. "Journalists" need to do their jobs here. Explode this MYTH. McCain has stood for deregulation. His has not been a reformer on the economy. His tax cut for the rich is more of the same.

http://4thoffense.com/mc.html

Posted by: wunderwood | October 1, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

survey says..."idiot!"

and jdsmellybottom, 6 long island ice teas before you post is more than enough...

Posted by: LABC | October 1, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Threedy, culturally he is as much of a Muslim as a Christian? I am not sure what you mean by that, and I don't think you do either. Every major world religion is embraced by various diverse cultures. Obama lived in Indonesia for some time. Yes, its majority religion is Islam, but Indonesian culture is quite different from that of Middle Eastern Muslim countries. Even the culture of the Middle East is not homogeneous; the culture of Egypt and Lebanon are quite different from that of Saudi Arabia. In Lebanon, Christians and Muslims are culturally very similar, but the culture is Levant Arab; you do know there are Arabs that are not Muslims, don't you? There are also Jewish Arabs, Baha'i Arabs, Mormon Arabs, to just name a few other faiths adhered to by Arabs. In spite of having different faiths, they are united by their Arab, not Muslim, culture. Also there are Protestants in most Roman Catholic countries. Would anyone say that an Italian Methodist is culturally as much a Roman Catholic as a Methodist? No, that statement doesn't make sense; it is mixing apples and oranges. It would be said that culturally they are both Italian; Roman Catholicism and Methodism are religions, not national cultures; it is their nationality and language that links them, not their religions. There are Roman Catholics in almost every country. Would anyone say that all Roman Catholics are culturally Italian? No, Roman Catholics in the various countries have their own distinct cultures. Obama could be said to be influenced by Indonesian culture and the Islamic religion, but not Muslim culture. But this is true of anyone brought up in a multi-cultural, multi-religious environment. New Yorkers of Irish and Italian ancestry likely know quite a bit about Jewish culture and have probably assimilated some of its language (Oy vey!), mannerisms and cuisine; you don't have to be Jewish to eat a bagel, and eating one doesn't make you a Jew. I suspect there is more than one priest who enjoys lox and cream cheese on a bagel. So what; I don't think that is cause for excommunication. You appear to be woefully uninformed about other religions, cultures and peoples. Your world must be a tiny, tiny little place, and probably is flat and filled with anxiety about and hatred of all those unlike yourself.

Posted by: csintala79 | October 1, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-and-couric-on-gotcha-journalism.html

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
McCain and Couric Spar on Gotcha Journalism

COURIC: Over the weekend, Gov. Palin, you said the U.S. should absolutely launch cross-border attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan to, quote, "stop the terrorists from coming any further in." Now, that's almost the exact position that Barack Obama has taken and that you, Sen. McCain, have criticized as something you do not say out loud. So, Gov. Palin, are you two on the same page on this?

MCCAIN: Now, just a minute, Katie. I have to step in here. That's another example of the media's "gotcha journalism"...

COURIC: But, it was a question from a citizen. How is a citizen asking a candidate a question an example of what you call "gotcha journalism?"

MCCAIN: Because it was hard, Katie.

We don't want Gov. Palin to be asked questions, unless she is prepared for them. When she is prepared, as she will be before the debate, she sounds intelligent, knowledgeable and feisty. But when she has not been prepared, she sounds lost and incoherent.

We can't have people asking her questions when she has not had time to be prepared with an answer.

COURIC: But, Sen. McCain, I have to say, you are 72-years old. Actuarial preditions show that if you were to be elected, Gov. Palin would have a 1 in 5 chance of actually becoming President. These are perilous times--unprecedented crises in financial markets, tensions across a wide range of critical foreign policy arenas. Shouldn't we have a Vice President, and a potential President, who actually understands these issues, beyond the preparation necessary for a debate?

Here is her response to a question on the economy, a critical issue, you would agree, Sen. McCain:

COURIC: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.


COURIC: That answer, Sen. McCain, as noted by Fareed Zakaria, is incoherent.

MCCAIN: Yes. (nodding his head).

COURIC: Well, isn't it actually important that a potential President actually comprehend issues? That is, beyond debate preparation?

MCCAIN: No, Katie. That's what I mean by "gotcha journalism". It's obvious from these prior interviews that Palin has little to no comprehension of fiscal policy and economics. For heaven's sake, she received a "D" in macroeconomics in college! And, as I've said in the past, I have little understanding of economic issues myself.

No, what's important, Katie, is that she sound like she understands the issues. In the debate. If she is sufficiently prepared, she can give an illusion of understanding the issues--even if she is only giving answers with the prepared and practiced spontaneity and content necessary to give that illusion force.

Given that the bar is set at the lowest standard imaginable, Katie, if she accompanies that performance with sufficient charm, we believe that media will follow, into focusing on the change from that low standard, and on those superficial entertainment values--you know, Katie, (McCain smiles through tight lips and squinting eyes and moves his hands up and down)--"She certainly appears to be more confident tonight; she appears more poised, coherent, humorous"--rather than her readiness to be President from an objective standard. After all, using the more important standard of Presdidential capability, she has already demonstrated that she is unprepared to be President.

So, Katie, we want them to focus on that difference, on her debate preparation, rather than on her actual well-demonstrated Presidential unreadiness. And that's what I mean by "gotcha journalism."

KATIE: But if I understand you correctly, Sen. McCain, you actually believe that it's not important that she understand the issues actually facing the nation...

MCCAIN: Right.

COURIC: On which many people's very jobs, health and life will rely at this critical time...

MCCAIN: Yes.

COURIC: And that all that really matters is creating a standard so low that she actually is rewarded for her widely seen and repeatedly demonstrated lack of knowledge and understanding. That we would be using what is essentially a remedial standard for Presidential capability--rather than one of actual capability.

Sen. McCain, you seem to be actually suggesting that we should decide that she is ready for the Presidency, simply because, after preparation, she has improved. Even though just days earlier, time after time, she was unable to give coherent answers on these subjects.

No one can gain Presidential-level understanding in days. And in the office of the Presidency, with its intense crises and unforseeable events, she will not be prepared for each unpredictable day, as she was for the debate.

Yet you expect media to focus on these values, rather than actual readiness to be President. That's what you mean by "gotcha journalism"?

MCCAIN: Exactly. And they will. Once again, Katie, I would say to the media: Once again--we "gotcha" to lower the bar. We "gotcha" to set expectations far below those actually required for a President. We "gotcha" to focus on characteristics unrelated to Presidential capability, and to ignore her statements on these issues made only days earlier--as if a few days of debate preparation can erase a glaring and dangerous actual lack of knowledge and preparedness. Yes, indeed--we "gotcha" (smiles).

COURIC: How can you expect the media to fall for that?

MCCAIN: It worked for Bush.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-and-couric-on-gotcha-journalism.html

Posted by: robthewsoncamb | October 1, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

How many of you believe a 43 year old male should be put to death for raping a 8 year old girl?


If any of you said "explative YES, fry the explative" well the United States Supreme Court says "NO, a person can be put to death rape of a child".

Its probably a garuntee that Palin would support the death penalty for rape of a child, which would mean she would not agree withe Supreme Court. and more important is completely out of touch with current issues.

Posted by: rtdem | October 1, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

BurgandyAndGold said: "The distinguished, sarcastic, and presumably left-leaning posters meant to say Dred Scott v. Sanford (blacks aren't U.S. citizens) or Plessy v. Ferguson (separate but equal, the case which Brown OVERTURNED).

Before we mock Mrs. Palin's lack of Supreme Court knowledge, let's get our own jurisprudential ducks in a row."

Sure. That is GREAT ADVICE if these posters felt they were qualified to be Vice President of the greatest nation on earth and not just posters to a blog on a Wednesday night. The point is, PALIN thinks she is up to the job. And btw, I got Dred Scott right. Do I win?

Posted by: wunderwood | October 1, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

How embarassing for the Palin children. Can you see kids teasing them, saying, hey, my baby brother knows more than your mom.

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

George W. Bush has put the U.S. in the position of being the most disrespected, unclassy, and now a 3rd world country.

Do we want to vote for McCain and Palin to continue the downfall.

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

oldanncrjr THINK for a second here. Couric asked the questions in an even tone. She asked questions that a politician would be expected to know. Conservatives continously rage at liberals because of Roe v Wade and "legislating from the bench". There are many other cases that a sincere conservative could mention. But Palin is caught flat footed.

Damn, what if Couric had asked why Todd Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party? A party that wants to secede from our nation? THAT IS GOTCHA JOURNALISM.

What happened to that pitbull in lipstick? More like a paper tiger.

Posted by: wunderwood | October 1, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Asking Sarah Palin how many toes she has is a "gotcha question"

By the way, if you asked her, she would tell you she would have to get back to you on that

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

This woman cannot be in a position that would permit her to ever be allowed to become president. For obvious reasons. Do we want her finger near the button in a time of crisis?

So...

Why has John McCain refused to release his complete medical records?

To see the banned commercial that asks McCain to release his records, along with a more in-depth look at some of the dismal health facts we already know, go to:

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/why-wont-john-mccain-release-his.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 1, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Can we be SERIOUS here for just a second and try to drop this party-vs-party or he-said-she-said CRAP?

This has nothing to do with gender. This has nothing to do with party.

Palin is incapable of holding a PRESS CONFERENCE! Can anyone POSSIBLY imagine a PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, the greatest nation ever on this earth, being INCAPABLE of meeting with a group of reporters?

This person is a JOKE and John McCain was a FOOL to select her after just a short meeting and a single phone call.

God help us if these losers win the election. I am not a scholar of Supreme Court, but I am also not a government official. Palin could have at LEAST mentioned the Dred Scott decision, or "seperate but equal" or ANYTHING... She looks like a deer in the headlights.

This is the person that will be ORDERING OUR TROOPS TO FIGHT AND DIE IN A WAR if McCain dies. PLEASE, people... be serious. Eight years of leadership by intuition and gut checks is enough!

Posted by: wunderwood | October 1, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Words describing Sarah Palin if she became VP or even President:

Scary, absurd, help us Lord!

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow.

Asking Sarah Palin what day it is, is a "gotcha" question.

Posted by: jfern03 | October 1, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

In my lifetime, which covers a significant number of years, few events can exceed the failings of fairness among most media types in this day and time. With an Agenda so crystal clear... it is nothing short of astonishing, the complete bias and utter disrespect one encounters when attempting to find something... one utterance of authentic originality... one example of groundbreaking journalism.

If Katie Couric is to be acclaimed for this interview, as Charles Gibson was formerly, mind you, exclusively, only a thoughtless fop and only one of those could be found among the praisers. Couric is so beyond being "on the way out", that her network is not even showing up on the Arbitron.

Posted by: oldanncrjr | October 1, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

My god!

Wasting time trying to take this person seriously is futile, embarrassing, absurd.

When McNut said he had chosen her, the media should have said, "no, get serious!" "We will not speak her name, we will not talk to her, we will refuse this nonsense that you, the old man having mini-shocks during the campaign, has chosen to confuse the American people into thinking this is a viable alternative for the presidency of the biggest gd country on the planet.

NONSENSE!


Posted by: rpmcestmoicoxnet | October 1, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

In a column appearing in Newsweek, world affairs expert and author Fareed Zakaria said he thinks it would be best for Republican presidential hopeful John McCain if Gov. Sarah Palin bowed out as his vice presidential running mate.

"For him to choose Sarah Palin to be his running mate is fundamentally irresponsible," says Zakaria.

Zakaria says McCain did not put the country first in making his V.P. choice, and he says Palin is not qualified to lead the United States.

CNN spoke to him about his commentary titled, "Palin is ready? Please."

CNN: What did you initially think when Sarah Palin was announced as the Republican vice presidential nominee?

Zakaria: I was a bit surprised -- as I think most people were. But I was willing to give her a chance. And I thought her speech at the convention was clever and funny. But once she began answering questions about economics and foreign policy, it became clear that she has simply never thought about these subjects before and is dangerously ignorant and unprepared for the job of vice president, let alone president. Watch Zakaria slam Sarah Palin »

CNN: You don't think she is qualified?

Zakaria: No. Gov. Palin has been given a set of talking points by campaign advisers, simple ideological mantras that she repeats and repeats as long as she can. But if forced off those rehearsed lines, what she has to say is often, quite frankly -- nonsense. Just listen to her response to Katie Couric's question about the bailout. It's gibberish -- an emptying out of catchphrases about economics that have nothing to do with the question or the topic. It's scary to think that this person could be running the country.

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

. So...my toddler daughter has more foreign policy experience than Sarah Palin--cao091402

A Middle-east expert with still an incredible potential for intellectual growth; couldn't ask for a better candidate. May it be so.

Posted by: JohnDebba | October 1, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

SIX REASONS WHY SARAH PALIN SHOULD NOT BE VICE PRESIDENT

6. No experience with how to rebuild a nation after war.

I would like my Presidential candidates to have some idea of what it is to be in combat, but I would like even more for my candidates to have experience or education in rebuilding a country after a war; whether it be ours or theirs. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in politics. No combat experience. No education on the subject. The closest she comes to having experience with war is having her son enlisted. Her son, was deployed in September 2008. Now isn’t that just handy for the campaign of a war President?

Oh wait, she poses for pictures with injured soldiers. I forgot she’s got experience with posing for pictures.

Which brings me to my next point…

5. Winning second place in the beauty contest means you get to collect 10 dollars.

I don’t really think that it’s important that the Vice President of our United States won a beauty contest, whether it be Miss Alaska or Miss Teen USA. In fact, I think it detracts from how other countries view us. We go from having an idiot in the White House as President to an old war monger and a beauty pageant loser? Really? I think it’s possible that people could lose even more respect for those positions.

4. She’s all about oil.
Sure, it’s oil in Alaska. But the last thing that this country needs is another leader that has big oil signing their paychecks. Don’t believe me? Here’s her own words:

““We want it to happen,” she said, “Alaskans want to open up the lands for that development, for the contributions that are potential here for the rest of the US.” Palin went on to note that “it’s really a pathetic situation

“And I have to ask lawmakers in Washington, DC, who have prohibited this drilling in ANWR if they’re doing all they can to secure the United States. When you consider, too, the geology that we’re talking about here, and the physical space that’s even needed to drill now, about a 2,000 acre plot, because of directional drilling and new technology, allowing such a small footprint to even be placed upon the tundra up north, it’s about 2,000 acres, which is smaller than the size of LAX and other big-city airports, that we would need to drill…”"

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about removing our reliance on foreign oil, but again: we do not need another President with ties to big oil companies. I, for one, am sick of doubting the true intentions of my President (or Vice President) with every step they take.

Besides, after she gets 3 square miles of land to drill for oil, how big is the next chunk of land she asks for going to be?

But she doesn’t just want to drill for oil in Alaska:

“Gov. Palin has also worked with the legislature to encourage these three big oil companies [BP, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips] — and others who are not already so heavily invested in Alaska — to compete in developing a natural gas pipeline that will bring cheaper and more reliable energy to Alaska’s own consumers and eventually permit cheap export of natural gas to the Lower 48 states.”

Natural gas? Cool! I’m all for it! But assisting gas companies with anything is not something we should be focusing on right now. I know, I know. Those oil companies are really going through some tough times right now aren’t they?

3. She seems to have her hands full enough already.
Sarah Palin has 5 kids. They are 7, 13, 17, 18 and oh yea, one around 4 months. She had a baby in April that has Down syndrome. I don’t think that anyone, man or woman, young or old, has the capacity to raise a newly born child with Down syndrome, and other kids going through school (or Iraq) AND competently help run the United States of America as it is coming out of one of the most destructive Presidencies in its history. Not her, or anyone else. Please don’t take this as me saying that those with families can’t raise their kids and be extraordinarily successful, because I don’t think that’s true. I’m just saying that Vice President of the United States of America, at this point in history, is a position that requires the utmost dedication, focus, patiences and time; 4 qualities not usually found in excess for a new mother or father, let alone a new mother or father with 4 other kids already there.

I looked around to try and find some good quotes about her being a parent and I was a bit shocked. Just when you thought we couldn’t get more “quotable” candidates in the office (for saying stupid things unfortunately) for the USA, check out this gem:

“The Palins named their first child, a boy, Track, after the track and field season in which he was born. Sarah’s father jokingly asked what they would have named their son if he had been born during the basketball season. Without hesitating Sarah answered “Hoop.”"

Or how about this one when it comes to her being a mother:

“It’s said the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick,” she wrote. “So, with lipstick on, the gloves come off in answering administration accusations.”

2. She posed for Vogue magazine.
No, I’m not referring to the Photoshopped image that is floating around the internet. I mean she posed for Vogue magazine. Here’s what she said about the shoot:

“”At first they had me in a bunch of furs,” she said. “Yeah, I have furs on my wall, but I don’t wear furs. I had to show them my bunny boots and my North Face clothing.”"

She just had to show them her bunny boots.

How can we expect countries like North Korea, China, Japan, India, Afghanistan, Iran, etc. to show us any respect on the global front if they are seeing the one of the leaders of our country plastered on a beauty magazine?

1. Just 5 months ago, she could not even get her arms around or contemplate being selected for Vice President.
From her own words in March of this year (just 5 months ago) on being selected for the Vice Presidential position:

“I’ll tell you, I think that the possibility of this ever happening is so far out there, that it’s tough to get my arms around and even contemplate.”

Now suddenly she is accepting the position for nomination? How about someone who was striving for the position for, I don’t know, sometime within the past year? Could they really not find a single person who wanted to be Vice President bad enough to push to be on the ticket?

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow.

Guess there's nothing left to do but hit the scotch huh JD?

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 1, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

to jd-winterbottom:
I was getting ready to sign off but I saw your comment so I have to ask: What drugs are you on??? Narcotics Anonymous is accepting members in a city near you.

Posted by: luvleep | October 1, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Some of the commenters seem to be very upset whether they like Gov Palin or not. Personally I have to empathize with her. Though I don't think she is qualified, I see no reason to vilify her. Please everyone, let's be respectful of all the candidates as we Americans should, and agree to disagree.

Posted by: papaedde | October 1, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

To Troglodyte:
OMG!!! I am about to sign off but you have stolen the night. I am LOL (happily)by what you said:
Even dumb people know that sarah palin is dumb.
LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT.!!! SO TRUE!!!

Posted by: luvleep | October 1, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Dobson and Jerry Falwell put out a press release suggesting Sarah Palin may be the antiChrist. After all, her image is being broadcast all over the world. People are adoring her. She precedes the evident end of times.

Posted by: davemarks | October 1, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I would be much more concerned about Obama's habitual drug use, his related law breaking, and his unwillingness to come clean about the detail and scope of his involvement in the drug industry.

Did he sell drugs to pay for his habit? Did he commit other offenses under the influence of crack and crank? Was he an addict?

These are relevant questions NEVER asked by our press. They refer us to Obama's own self-serving statements, instead of doing the necessary investigative reporting.

Has anybody counted up the amount of time Obama would have spent in prison for the drug-related federal crimes he committed?

These are serious issues that lame brains like Kurtz wont touch.

Posted by: jd-winterbottom | October 1, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

WHY SARAH PALIN MUST NOT BE VICE PRESIDENT

1) She is opposed to abortion even in cases of rape and incest (even if victims are children)

2) She offered a bounty of $150 for each right front leg of freshly killed wolves

3) She is presently under investigation in Alaska for abuse of power

4) She strongly supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

5) She promotes aerial hunting of wolves and bears even though Alaskans voted twice to ban the practice (VIDEO)

6) She supports the Alaskan Independence Party which seeks independence from the United States (VIDEO)

7) She is a champion for big oil and her campaign slogan has become "Drill, baby, drill!"

8) She believes creationism should be taught in public schools

9) She believes man-made global warming is a farce

10) She is opposed to listing the polar bear as an endangered species because it might limit oil exploitation

11) While mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire the city librarian because the librarian refused to censor books

12) She used $400,000 of state money to fund a propaganda campaign in support of aerial hunting

13) As mayor of Wasilla, she made rape victims pay for their own forensic evidence kits

14) She obtained her first passport just last year (2007)

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

"Howard, is it so odd? She obviously had a very bad interview that day, nervous, brain freeze, what have you. Don't we all have bad days?"

When you might be the president of the United States, your 'bad days' can be pretty ruinous. I've yet to see her on a 'good day' giving a real interview; she just seems like an idiot to me. That's a lot simpler an explanation than trying to figure that she has a bad day every time someone asks her a real question.

Posted by: fake1 | October 1, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

"What exactly IS the collective noun for a bunch of morons?"

It's not a noun; it's a phrase. It is "Defenders of Sarah Palin."

Posted by: ashevilleshep | October 1, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

What these people who don't want to face the truth must realize is that had Palin not been hidden away, we would have gotten to know her by now. Obama and Biden we know. We're just getting to know Palin and its a good thing because now we understand why they have her hidden away. Don't blame Palin though blame McCain and his lack of judgement. George F. Will said it best, "McCain has lost his head."

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 1, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

What you don't know can't hurt you, but your ignorance can kill millions just ask bush.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know that BP Petrol paid for her INAUGURATION PARTY????
Earmarks, special interests....what a sham!!!!!

Posted by: kcarnochan | October 1, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

To jd-winterbottom:

There is a wide difference between an incidental gaffe and permanent stupidity. Biden would, if he weren't bothered by more important things, come forward and say 'hey, oops, made a mistake, television weren't around then', whereas Palin appears to lack the intellectual curiousity and wherewithal to pick up the Cliffs Notes on major Supreme Court decisions. And fishing for the answer in an empty pond sure didn't help her much. By the way, it would be a drool of morons.

Posted by: ApeofWrath | October 1, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

to "burgundyandgold": Kelo--that would have been perfect for a rabid conservative like Palin. If she had the slightest interest in politics, or anything besides her own ambition, she should have delighted in raising that--her base would have been so excited! (I'm not the most politically-minded person, but I remember the enormous controversy. When my daughter visited Conn. College, we made a little side-trip to drive past Mrs. Kelo's house, just out of curiosity. Yet, even though she claims to be a conservative pol, she obviously has no interest in it, or anything else.)

Posted by: Dan4 | October 1, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON (Sept. 27) - A conservative columnist who welcomed Sarah Palin's entry in national politics says she's proven to be a dud and should step aside as John McCain's running mate.

Kathleen Parker, writing in the National Review Online, says her "cringe reflex is exhausted" after watching the Alaska governor stumble through TV interviews and it's become clear to her that Palin is out of her league.

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Most people learn about the Dred Scott decision in school.

I guess she thinks it's OK for slave owners to take ownership of their slave property into any state or territory, even if it conflicts with free state constitutions.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 1, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

to massmedia77:
enough of the same old lines (a la McCain). Please come up with some news ideas..the 57 states, Biden FDR comment is old, stale and just continues in the tradition of stupidity. Hey, how about the I have foreign policy experience cause I can see Russia from Alaska. Obama and Biden have proven their intelligence whether or not the likes of you chose to believe so..I just want to see Palin prove hers. That is in her own words. "In what respect Charlie?"

Posted by: luvleep | October 1, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

What exactly IS the collective noun for a bunch of morons?
Posted by: jd-winterbottom

Is the word you are looking for REPUBLICAN?

Posted by: slackass | October 1, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

About a quarter of the entities bestowing gifts on the governor are represented by one of Alaska’s most influential mining lobbyists, who said in an interview that she was not involved in the tributes. The lobbyist, Wendy Chamberlain, has a relationship with the governor’s family through the friendship of their teenage daughters.

On forms disclosing the gifts, Palin, who is the Republican vice presidential nominee, routinely checked “no” when asked whether she was in a position to “take official action that may affect the person who gave me the gift,” and a spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain’s

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Washpost 33.....Sarah Palin is one big brain freeze idiot! You have got to be kidding to think that this woman could possibly be a VP of this country???? When Katie Couric asked her what newspapers etc. she reads....she couldn't even come up with one of those...Time, Newsweek anything????? The Alaska Times?????
She is a bumbling moron-I don't care if she is the Gov of Alaska (I feel sorry for that state)she is WAY OUT OF HER LEAGUE!!!!
Even McCain or McAngry.....what a buffoon!!!

Posted by: kcarnochan | October 1, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has made a crackdown on gift-giving to state officials a centerpiece of her ethics reform agenda, has accepted gifts valued at $25,367 from industry executives, municipalities and a cultural center whose board includes officials from some of the largest mining interests in the state, a review of state records shows.

The 41 gifts Palin accepted during her 20 months as governor include honorific tributes, expensive artwork and free travel for a family member. They also include more than $2,500 in personal items from

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

JohnDebba,
Wait, I can outdo you. 2+ years ago, our family went on a trip to Egypt. My wife's father's best friend from childhood grew up to be a very important figure in the Egyptian military, so we see them all the time when we go there. Included in our party was my then 10 month old daughter. So...my toddler daughter has more foreign policy experience than Sarah Palin.

Posted by: cao091402 | October 1, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

palin is like a quarter horse in a mile and a quarter race take a big lead at the start, but burn out before the final stretch. Deer in the headlight come to mind.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

CORRECTION
I had a nice funny joke that I was gonna tell, but I CAN'T take it anymore. I just don't want anybody pushing Palin down my throat. So go ahead. Hide her from the press. She's better off, so is America and so am I.

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 1, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. McCain knows, other than Sen. Obama, how to land an aircraft by night on an aircraft carrier"

____________________________________

1. McCain is 72-years-old. He has not landed an aircraft by night on an aircraft carrier for over 40 years. He won't ever again.

2. During his short flying career, McCain destroyed five planes.

3. Landing an aircraft by night on an aircraft carrier is not a requirement for being President.

Posted by: pali2500 | October 1, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I had a nice funny joke that I was gonna tell, but I can take it anymore. I just don't want anybody pushing Palin down my throat. So go ahead. Hide her from the press. She's better off, so is America and so am I.

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 1, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse


massmedia77 wrote:
"B & G....it really doesn't matter if some of the posters here aren't up on their Supreme Court knowledge. None of them (me included) are running for VP of the United States."
_____________________________________
Why exactly should Palin have to be aware of every SCOTUS decision? What ARE you on about? YOU don't know every decision, in fact you probably could cite none in detail and neither can she.

We are not electing a constitutional lawyer, we are electing a VP and the are not the same. Shouldn't Obama be aware there are 50 and not 57 states in the Union?

Shouldn't Biden know FDR was not president in 1929 and that, other than in Britain, with John Logie Baird's television system, used by the BBC, there was no TV network anywhere, and certainly not in the USA?


Posted by: jd-winterbottom | October 1, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Even Dumb people are saying that Sarah Palin is Dumb!!!!

LOL Trogloyte but true

Sarah, do a favor to yourself & your family- please packup and leave. Please don't insult Alaskans and Americans in public like this.

Please I am begging you.. please..

Posted by: Troglodyte | October 1, 2008 10:46 PM

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey threedy:
My mom is Jewish, my dad is Christian. I have been a practicing Mormon for all my adult life. Yikes! What does that make me? I am so confused. Please help!!!
Oh, and Obama SAID there were 57 states did he? Can you please send me a link to this fact? As soon as I do, I will be sure to contact Harvard University to ask for a refund on behalf of Obama.

Posted by: luvleep | October 1, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

@jd

Being VP and a heartbeat away from becoming president is different than being popular in the state of Alaska as governor. Perhaps, being a popular governor was reason enough for Mccain to pick her as his running mate, but then she proves herself not to be what her job title otherwise suggests. Now we wonder, how she became the governor of Alaska? Maybe, Alaska's gubernatorial election is held in the winter when hardly any body gets any coverage about their election or care to vote. Otherwise, it is scary.

Posted by: kohsar240 | October 1, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

It's an interesting scenario: McCain lasts about as long as everyone expects. Palin gets impeached on the grounds of national security (she was just making everyone feel so damn insecure!). We end up with a Pelosi presidency. Pelosi! Pelosi! Pelosi!

Posted by: davemarks | October 1, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

John McCain = Stuck in the Past
Sarah Palin = Knows nothing about the past or the future

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Even Dumb people are saying that Sarah Palin is Dumb!!!!

Sarah, do a favor to yourself & your family- please packup and leave. Please don't insult Alaskans and Americans in public like this.

Please I am begging you.. please..

Posted by: Troglodyte | October 1, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this is the FINAL nail in the proverbial Caribou Barbie/John McBush campaign coffin.


Even people who don't know what the Bush doctrine is, know at least 2 Supreme Court decisions. - How 'bout Brown v. Board of Ed? Or even Bush v. Gore? OY VEY.


Palin's dumber than a doorpost and if she doesn't knock it out of the park tommorrow night the McPalin campaign will officially be OVER.


I hope they ask her a simple question, like say, "what is the VP supposed to do"?:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9pnzQ96kWA
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 1, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin had her nerve talking about Joe Biden's age....how old does he think her running mate John McCain is?.....oops I bet she couldn't answer that question, she would have to get back to you later about that

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

"Haven't the past 8 years taught us anything about the perils of electing a Prez/VP based on likability instead of capability?"--egc52556

Like a dog that returns to its own vomit.....I am not saying Americans are fools but what gives with the likable and someone you can have a beer with stuff? I like the guys I have a beer with but sure as heck wouldn't want any of them for President....come to think about, not even for Bangladesh.

Posted by: JohnDebba | October 1, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Frank Capra is dead. If he was with us he could produce another film series: "Why We're *_#&ed".

Palin could be the stand-in for Caligula's horse.

Posted by: dobiaslaw | October 1, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Since it is clear Palin has risen beyond her level of incompetence according to Peter's Principle, we should be prepared to start a campaign to impeach the VP nominee if the McCain/Palin ticket wins in November.

This person is simply not fit to serve as VP let alone as Chief Executive of the United States.

God Save the United States of America from her.....

Posted by: kerryberger | October 1, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

raised int eh pacific? you mean in hawaii? a us state?

Posted by: funkey | October 1, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

My twelve year can answer more questions about government than Sarah Palin

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

The Know-Nothing Republicans will be pleased--more and more she is the perfect candidate, even more so than Bush. A candidate who knows less than a typical Republican--yes, imagine that. More votes for McCain, more sleepless nights for McCain if he wins.

Posted by: rusty3 | October 1, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey Luvleep,

Obama SAID there were 57 states. Not surprised you didn't see it; the dutiful MSM quickly buried it.

His dad and stepdad were Muslims; he was raised in the Pacific, partly in a Muslim country. Culturally, he's as much Muslim as Christian.

Posted by: threedy | October 1, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

B & G....it really doesn't matter if some of the posters here aren't up on their Supreme Court knowledge. None of them (me included) are running for VP of the United States.

Posted by: massmedia77 | October 1, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Right, so she couldn't think of another decision she disagreed with . . and what, exactly?

The have been beating on her for weeks, pick on her on every insignificant or imagined mistake. Come on. Where are the guffaws about Obama and his belief there are 57 states in the Union? Where's the eye-rolling for Biden's assertion that FDR went on TV in 1929 to reassure people about the 1929 crash?

Where are the sneers about Biden's assertion he was shot at in Afghanistan and his helicopter was forced down as a result?

Kurtz of all people is going to take Palin to task. The man is a complete dolt, with the IQ of a brain damaged fruit fly.

Do you brainless bots, lacking in any achievement since you were toilet trained, jobless, overweight, with not a snowball's chance of ever getting laid, really think you are qualified to pass judgment on a young woman who has raised 5 children, remained happily married for 20 years, ran a successful business, been elected and re-elected mayor, and is currently the most popular governor of any state in the Union?

Could this cosmically dumb cohort of inadequate followers of the empty suit, really believe they would have a prayer against this woman in ANY endeavor?

What exactly IS the collective noun for a bunch of morons?

Posted by: jd-winterbottom | October 1, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

"It's remarkable how aggressive mentally ill socialists are going after Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain"

You mean socialists such as George F. Will and Kathleen Parker? Are those the kind of socialists you mean? Because they are conservative Republicans.

Shorter rightwing response to anything: "Wah wah wah! Liberal media! Elites! Gotcha journalism!"

Posted by: castanea | October 1, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Ancient Rome vs. modern America. Romans kept their citizens entertained with the colosseum games. We have NASCAR. Romans poisoned themselves through their environment. We're doing the same! Romans had religious persecution. So do we! Nero fiddled while Rome burned. We watch American Idol. We are damned to repeat history whether we study it or not. I don't have to wonder how history will judge us. Just think about how we judge the Romans. Bunch of self-absorbed fools who couldn't progress beyond the petty rivalries that tore civilization, such that it was, down. Hmm... Wonder what part of the cycle we're in....

Posted by: davemarks | October 1, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: loan4ever: "Well, Gov. Palin is well educated..."

____________________________________

By your standards, perhaps.

But the average chimpanzee could get a degree in a shorter time and with fewer changes of college than the Alaskan Welfare Queen.

Posted by: pali2500 | October 1, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an embarassment to white people, Republicans, woman in politics, and to our country.

If this is the kind of decisions that John McCain makes, he should resign now.

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I've gone through the comments and read TWO separate people who feel she could have come up with "Brown v. Board of Education" as a case with which she disagreed. Yes, that would be a great case...if she were Governors Wallace or Faubus.

The distinguished, sarcastic, and presumably left-leaning posters meant to say Dred Scott v. Sanford (blacks aren't U.S. citizens) or Plessy v. Ferguson (separate but equal, the case which Brown OVERTURNED).

Before we mock Mrs. Palin's lack of Supreme Court knowledge, let's get our own jurisprudential ducks in a row.

If she was clever, she would've said Kelo v. City of New London to polish her right-wing, anti-eminent domain bonafides.

Or heck, Boumadiene vs. Bush, Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld, etc. Any of the War on Terror cases Bush lost that Republicans are in a lather over...

She needs to bone up on her stuff, though, it's clear. But some of the posters here aren't all that bright either.

Posted by: BurgundyAndGold | October 1, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

The Press' feeding frenzy against Palin is INSANE. As a lawyer, who has taught, I would have trouble reeling off the names of cases I disagreed with. This wasn't an interview, it was an insane "gotcha" pop quiz.

The Press was ugly in the way it went after Gore in 2000. Now, presumably in a spasm of guilt for saddling us with Bush, the Press is going the opposite way in its unfairness against the Republican ticket.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies1 | October 1, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I know Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Instead of all these "gotcha" questions about the law of the land and the United States government, tomorrow's debate should include a swim suit competition.

The wingnuts love that sort of thing and I bet Moose Lady would do really well - for once.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 1, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
I am sleeping well tonight!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
I bet McLame isn't!

Posted by: phorse | October 1, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

When did McCain change?

2004 Leahy amendment proposal 3292 on war profiteering, and fruad. At that time the G.A.O. discovered that $9,000,000,000 was missing. McCain voted his best interest.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is all talk and no substance

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Can't name a newspaper that she reads.

Can't name a Supreme Court decision she disagrees with.

Thinks that being able to see Russia from Alaska means something other than being able to see Russia from Alaska. (If it does, she can't articulate it.)

What are the odds that not of her brood will ever make it to college?

(Acorns do not fall far from the tree.)

Posted by: pali2500 | October 1, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I always enjoy a good chuckle when I see people right on blogs things like, "Barack Obama thinks there are 57 states" or "Barack Obama is a Muslim." It is such a perfect example of the dumbing down of America. I see why they love John McCain so much: keep saying a lie over and over and hope that the people who really aren't smart enough will buy into it. Is this what they mean by "country first"? Keep your fellow person in the dark? So funny when I think that Obama a graduate from one of the 3 most esteemed institutions of learning in the country, also was a professor of Constitutional Law at one of the most competitive universities in the country. I never thought I would see the day in America where education was so undermined. Only in America!

Posted by: luvleep | October 1, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

It's remarkable how aggressive mentally ill socialists are going after Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain. Well, Gov. Palin is well educated and she's doing a tremendous job -- something one cannot say about the socialist hypocrites of the media and their brainwashed parrots --, and Sen. McCain knows, other than Sen. Obama, how to land an aircraft by night on an aircraft carrier.

However, the retarded socialist media propagandists -- they are the same than the gay NAZI Julius Streicher --, are just a bunch of losers. That's why they hate Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain so much. Indeed, it's funny to see how these socialist fanatics make a fool of themselves. That's why they are not able to stop Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin.

Posted by: loan4ever | October 1, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin studied journalism???

Posted by: kohsar240 | October 1, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

It's remarkable how aggressive mentally ill socialists are going after Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain. Well, Gov. Palin is well educated and she's doing a tremendous job -- something one cannot say about the socialist hypocrites of the media and their brainwashed parrots --, and Sen. McCain knows, other than Sen. Obama, how to land an aircraft by night on an aircraft carrier.

However, the retarded socialist media propagandists -- they are the same than the gay NAZI Julius Streicher --, are just a bunch of losers. That's why they hate Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain so much. Indeed, it's funny to see how these socialist fanatics make a fool of themselves. That's why they are not able to stop Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin.

Posted by: loan4ever | October 1, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

It's so frightening. She sounds like she's answering the interview questions at the end of a beauty pageant. Badly.

Posted by: dlopata | October 1, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I mean she got a degree in journalism. How in the hell can gottcha come out of her mouth.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Think about this:

Sarah has her finger on the nuclear button!

Posted by: bobnsri | October 1, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

She likely thought of a few (such as the 2004 Missouri case that struck down an anti-partial birth abortion law or the 1978 case that requires the providence of public education for illegal immigrants) but was afraid to cite them because she didn't know McCain's position.

This is not surprising, since Palin did not expect to be running for national office until very recently, and hasn't had a lot of quiet time since she was tabbed.

Anybody think Reagan would have done better?

Biden may know more about the law (he IS a lawyer) but don't pop a history quiz on him. He thinks FDR gave a televised presidential speech after the 1929 Crash. He probably thinks Leslie Gore invented the Internet.

Posted by: threedy | October 1, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

6 YEARS to finish a 4 Year Undergraduate college.

I now understand why.

John McCain:
GIMMICK 1st
NATION last

This isn't Republican or Democrat. This just shameful

Posted by: chevychasedesigns | October 1, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain's record: Keating 5 scandal, crashed five jets, dumped wife for rich socialite, knows bupkiss about economy--Gotcha!

Palin's record: Minimal qualifications contingent on how she expresses herself and depth of knowledge. Seems to be failing. Gotcha!

Gotcha journalisim--I'm getting the hang of it. I like it!

Posted by: davemarks | October 1, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Mccain's judgment is in question by picking Palin as his running mate. This means he will make another major blunder and as or more important than picking Palin. America can not tolerate or stand another big blunder, like letting Wall Street Loose, Invading Iraq...people at some point have to look beyond partisanship and consider the serious damage done to this country by Bush and Republican lobby machine.

Posted by: kohsar240 | October 1, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Anytime someone attend 5 schools in 6 years to get a degree in journalism raise questions for an interviewer. But vice president I would like to know what was she running from? America needs to know. Even bigots like sean hannity need to know.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain pulled a truly brilliant stunt in naming Palin, but he could have picked from at least a half dozen Republican women to be his VP, and none of them would have been the blank slate that the Alaska governor is proving to be. This is going to sound sexist, but can you imagine the furor that would have resulted if McCain - or anyone else - had picked a man as vacuous as Palin??

Journalists are forced to ask questions that are later perceived as "gotchs" simply because Ms. Palin is such an unknown. A man who answered questions as absurdly as Palin would have been forced off the ticket long ago.

Posted by: jdmiller33 | October 1, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: HillResident116 | October 1, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I gotta give Sarah Palin a break on this one, the Exxon case would have been politically tough for her to agree or disagree with. But hard to figure out why she didn't mention the child rape decision and for icing on the cake. voter ID, notwithstanding the latter case doesn't qualify as disagreement.


Posted by: JohnDebba | October 1, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin has surely been coached on how to evade questions that she can't or doesn't want to answer. McCain and Obama are both good at it. In their debate, moderator Jim Lehrer tried 3 times to get them to say what programs they would have to cut back in view of the economic crisis. Neither one answered but instead said things more or less related to the topic of the question, so that the evasion was not obvious. Palin's babbling may be an effort to follow the same strategy, but she hasn't mastered it yet. Look for more polished evasive tactics as the campaign moves on.

Posted by: CarlosB1 | October 1, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is running for high office should have a modicum of understanding of the Supreme Court.

Not only should she be able to discuss decisions of The Court, she should be able to name and discuss the philosophical views of all 9-justices.

One must conclude from Ms. Palin that she supports the Court Decision allowing slavery.

Posted by: bobnsri | October 1, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

"If this were any of us in a job interview, we would not make it to the next round.

Ditto here."

No duh. This is no ordinary job, this is a job that has a high chance of becoming THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB IN THE WORLD. I want this job interview to be a little harder than the ones you or I have to go through. In fact it is precisely this attitude that the President or VP should be held to the same low standards as me and my drinking buddies that got us George W. Bush and his policies of epic stupidity.

Posted by: mzlin | October 1, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

do you think she could name a supreme court justice?

Posted by: eatme2 | October 1, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

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I don't expect Palin to be the brightest light in the room, but a VP should be pretty close to it, especially a VP to the oldest elected President in American history. (Potentially)

Haven't the past 8 years taught us anything about the perils of electing a Prez/VP based on likability instead of capability?

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Posted by: egc52556 | October 1, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Funny to read rightwingers responses to Palin's latest fiasco. They all chirp: "But Biden said FDR was on TV!"

Come on, ladies. Everything that comes out of Palin's mouth is a gaffe. Everything.

Aside from the Hannity lovefest, has Palin had a serious interview in which she hasn't made a fool out of herself?

McCain picked a running mate who is woefully unqualified for the job. Admit it. John is losing his mind. Did you see him get short tempered and lie to the Des Moines Registers editorial board?

Hey, and why haven't you rightwingers been parroting the standard talking points that she's got more "executive experience" than Obama or Biden? I've not read that one in awhile.

Posted by: castanea | October 1, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey citizonic -- since you were clearly lying and distorting Obama's words from his books I didn't really expect you to respond. So here is the context on the "standing with Muslims" quote from the Audacity of Hope p. 264. (because unlike you I give the source because I don't want to intentionally mislead)
"In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." _

Posted by: gswaff | October 1, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone familiar with the Frank Herbert "Dune" books will recognize Katie Couric for what she truly is. A "Bene Gesserit" witch that is using "the voice" on Sarah Palin to manipulate her for her own selfish purposes.

Posted by: yerba_man | October 1, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I Know HIllary....and Palin is no Hillary

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | October 1, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

You know what I think? I think that every American who wants to be president or vice president should be just because they claim to love their country. I don't think you should know a darn thing about anything. You shouldn't have to know too much about the history of America, about the folks who are charged with making the laws, upholding it or what have you. And furthermore, you should NOT be asked about your positions on anything serious. Heck, all you need is to claim a love for the country. You shouldn't have to come across as too smart or intelligent. Heck, many Americans aren't right! So why should you? And the darn media, screw them for trying to make the American people get to know a thing or two about your brain. They are the enemy. We should all be able to run for the greatest offices in the land. After all, you don't have to be smarter than a 5th grader. After all, our President isn't. Let's all put our country first. Hail to medicority!!!

Posted by: luvleep | October 1, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

What would hannity say if sarah was black?

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Hannity is whinning right-winger who has no use for journalism or anything. Hannity wants us to treat Palin as if she is still in High School.

Posted by: kohsar240 | October 1, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a dog inside and out.

Posted by: jellybean1 | October 1, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

5schools in 6years = something to hide.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

To bobmoses who wants to know why Barack Obama was never asked this question. You do know Obama taught Constitutional Law and yes he was the President of the Harvard Law Review. What a stupid comment bobmoses, of course he could answer this question. He could give you a week long lecture if you wanted. Go back to school!

Posted by: kaytemmel | October 1, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Again, the game the Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians will play will be to turn Palin's faults, faux pas and F-ups onto Biden or Obama or Rev. Wright or Rezko or the Tooth Fairy.

They hope to mask and downplay the obviously STUPID choice of Palin as a running mate with nonsense about Obama not wearing a flag pin or some other trivial silliness.

But it won't work. The truth is Sarah Palin was chosen to appease the Black man hating lesbians and White Racists and Supremacists who supported Hillary as well as the Religous nutcases who think they've been appointed by GOD to rule over Blacks and other minorities of the world(Rush,Hannity, O'rielly, David Duke).

Its so damn stupid its dumb.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother0003 | October 1, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

OMG, she's a moron.

Posted by: McGee2 | October 1, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, I cannot vote for this woman

Posted by: danmonkey | October 1, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

"Talking about stupid people, Barack Obama, our Ivy League attendee, thinks there are 57 states in the Union!

LOL another pathetic attempt!
there are 57 US territories/states.
DOH! you didn't think of that, did you?
lol dolt!"

This one has been thrown around so much that it's not even worth it anymore. If anyone honestly believes that Obama thinks there are 57 "states," that's their choice.

Posted by: iiell | October 1, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I listened to hannity today. Hannity is consumed with hate. I will pray for him.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

"Every journalist who interviews Sarah Palin has a sworn duty to keep asking questions until they find one that Palin can't immediately answer. Then that question and answer get played in an endless loop.

Meanwhile, no such treatment of either Obama or Palin. The process is revolting."

Obama was on Bill O'reily afterward O'reily said, "this guy isn't a wimp, he's no wimp" oh but i bet O'reily thew him softballs

Posted by: gdabling | October 1, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

she's asked the same questions as mccain, obama, and mccain. yet with her, it's a gotcha. that's what losers say when they whine and blame others for their impotence.

Posted by: theoatwa | October 1, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey citizonic I'm still waiting for that page number for your quote from the Audacity of Hope. Anything?

Posted by: gswaff | October 1, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is not dumb, but she is superficial and incurious." Hmmm. Whom (else) does that quote make you think of?

As for the quotes about Obama standing w/ Muslims...what is wrong with Obama stating that he stands with a group when it is being unfairly maligned? And the quote from _Dreams_ about growing up and dealing with race, etc., seem perfectly natural and understandable to me, esp. when you are being raised by someone who outwardly appears to be a different race from yourself and you have few people who look like you to guide you in any way. It would be a very easy and natural thing for a growing kid to focus on, and God knows when we are teenagers and young adults we really like to focus on what we think to be the unforgivable differences between ourselves and our parents. _Dreams_ is a very good, honest, interesting, and beautifully written book.

But I digress. This posting/video is about Palin, not soon-to-be-President Obama. (I do hope for that outcome.) Palin doesn't even deserve to comment on _Dreams_ or any other Obama books, as she did so uncharitably and so ignorantly during the Republican convention and during subsequent stump speeches. Palin is shallow, incurious, inflexible, and far-right-to-the-point-of-flying-off-a-cliff; at the same time, she can be charming and politic and vague enough for Republicans to project their hopes onto.

Posted by: saracooper | October 1, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Your local dog catcher is more qualified to be vice president than sarah palin. Bigots do you hate obama more then you love your children? If no be smart vote obama. If yes say good bye to your children's future.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious that McCain picked her without a thought for her ability to govern, based entirely on her perceived ability to help win the election. And it looks as if they misjudged that.

Clearly, Palin isn't actually stupid, she's just monumentally ignorant. She has a brain capable of learning these things but hasn't bothered. Why? Because she really doesn't care about the world or even America - except as it relates to Sarah Palin.

It's all a beauty contest. The policy stuff is unreal to her and she can barely bring herself to pay attention to it.

Posted by: Bud0 | October 1, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

She should have remembered the Supreme Court overturning the amount of money Exxon had to pay Alaska for an oil spill. She should have remembered it because she was Govenor and sent her press secretary out to say she disagreed with the ruling. She is an Airhead and that is why McCain picked her. There are plenty of republican women he could have picked but he can't control them.

Posted by: rkreyn | October 1, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Talking about stupid people, Barack Obama, our Ivy League attendee, thinks there are 57 states in the Union!

LOL another pathetic attempt!
there are 57 US territories/states.
DOH! you didn't think of that, did you?
lol dolt!

Posted by: gdabling | October 1, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Now where is the story about Nancy Pelosi funneling $100,000 of campaign funds to her husband's business? Not that the public would be interested in hearing about that.

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | October 1, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah it is really "gotcha" journalism to ask a V.P. candidate questions about the Supreme Court or the constitution. I mean its not like she might ever be tasked with picking judges for the Supreme Court or you know, take an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Wow -- these questions have absolutely nothing to do with being the veep or possibly President of the United States. Let's hear some more about moose hunting and fishing -- now those are appropriate questions!

Posted by: gswaff | October 1, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

"Every journalist who interviews Sarah Palin has a sworn duty to keep asking questions until they find one that Palin can't immediately answer. Then that question and answer get played in an endless loop.

Meanwhile, no such treatment of either Obama or Palin. The process is revolting."

Uh, Biden was asked the very same question. In fact, the entire thing was part of CBS News' series where they ask both candidates the very same question.

He had an answer.

Posted by: HillMan | October 1, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

"Meanwhile, no such treatment of either Obama or Palin. The process is revolting."

Where the hell was you during the democratic primary? We've seen Obama's skeletons, we've had over 18 months to listen to, explore and investigate Barak Obama. Sarah Palin is new to this race, just like Obama was 18 months ago. We need to see who she is, how informed she is and what she stands for. So far Obama is shaping out to be someone who will surround himself with the right people and get America back on the right track, at least in my opinion.

And trust me, I like McCain and I would have much rather seen him win back in 2000. Too bad Bush did the things he did to win, now McCain seems to have adopted those same strategies, hopefully America doesn't fall for it this time.

Posted by: iiell | October 1, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

If this were any of us in a job interview, we would not make it to the next round.

Ditto here.

Posted by: somerseten | October 1, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

If you think that's bad...I got the inside skinny on what the afro-american obama-worshipping moderator is going to ask Biden Thursday night:

"Why did you falsify your education records when you ran for President? Is that really why you withdrew from the race, or were there other lies?

Why did you say you worked in a coal mine for 8 hours, came up, and played football for four hours? Did you honestly think you wouldn't get busted for that ridiculous anecdote?

How did you think you were going to get away with telling people in Scranton that you were a "hard coal miner" as a kid, when in reality you were the son of an oil tycoon/car dealership owner? Did you think people would forget? Do you think people are that stupid?

How could you have possibly rationalized a justification for implying that you were shot down in Afghanistan in Taliban country? Did you think JFK and Chucky were going to back your ludicrous fairytale?

You really went too far when you said you were "shot at", Senator. Do you not realize that you sound worse than even Hillary with her "I remember landing under sniper fire" lie?

You obviously don't agree with much of Obama's platform and many of his tactics, Senator. How embarrassing is it when you contradict him in front of millions of people?


Posted by: viejo1 | October 1, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

To trace-sc

Sq rt of 2 and pi , tangents and cotangents.

I agree those are easy but I still want to see her answer equally easy questions about the government! I do not think she is any more qualified than a typical HS kid who could answer these. BUT keep your eyes and ears open after the election and see how many of her supporters will be blaming McCain for picking her (rather than the failure of Conservative ideas which they never question) and thus losing the election. Just remember they are all defending her now and I really doubt the sincerity of those who do.

Posted by: TomfromNJ1 | October 1, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey citizonic would you please give me a page number for your quote on standing with Muslims from the Audacity of Hope?

Posted by: gswaff | October 1, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Scary, indeed. It is not that she could not name one case, rather, she gets lost and panics. I would definitely not want to have her in office which is very possible and one of the biggest reasons why we have VP. Imagine she becomes president and a Cheney like person controls the situation obscurly. That is scary stuff. Sorry Palin!!!

Posted by: kohsar240 | October 1, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

It's got to be a set-up. No one is that dumb.

Posted by: Annandale | October 1, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

pcbrig,

Even if your comments were completely accurate, at least Biden could easily answer these question directed at Palin. She is out of touch with everything in the world. How could you be ok with someone that naive and unintelligent to be a heartbeat away from running our country?

Posted by: McSameChalin | October 1, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Thanks so much for mentioning the Exxon oil spill. I've been looking at articles all over the internet trying to find one that caught her on that one. It was the first thing that came to my mind when Katie Couric asked that question. I thought, "Well, Katie just handed her an easy question on a silver platter." But then, nothing. Amazing. This is the woman who's supposed to be such a "barracuda" standing up to big oil? Why the silence now?

Posted by: CoolOnion | October 1, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Talking about stupid people, Barack Obama, our Ivy League attendee, thinks there are 57 states in the Union!

Posted by: trace-sc | October 1, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

From Audacity of Hope:
'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'

Why so much chatter about #2 ?
It's #1 we should be examining.

LOL nice try, Bub. You got those form that email thats been flying around. If you actually investigate those "quotes" you will find that they are totally false and construed in a way that says something totally different than what Obama actually said. but i wouldn't expect you to actually investigate the preaching of the far right paranoid fear machine. idiot. And if you don't believe me then read the book and tell me which pages you found those "quotes" on. cmon.

Posted by: gdabling | October 1, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"Like...any Supreme Court rulings upholding federal civil-rights legislation? She wants to be on the states' side on those ones?"

Only if it disfavors civil rights.

Case in point: Someone should ask Palin if she supports the Defense of Marriage Act, since that tramples all over states rights.

Anytime anyone claims they want Roe v Wade overturned because of states rights the AUTOMATIC next question to them should be "Then you support gay marriage rights if a state oks it, and you would argue that the Defense of Marriage Act should not stand in the way"?

Posted by: HillMan | October 1, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"Meanwhile, no such treatment of either Obama or Palin. The process is revolting."

Obviously I meant "no such treatment of either Obama or Biden."

Sorry for the error. Good thing it wasn't Palin who made an error like this in her post -- it would be on the front page of the Washington Post as yet more evidence that she is utterly unqualified to be VP.

Posted by: Bill1230 | October 1, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

This Bimbo is a complete airhead
Why not pick someone else instread?

This guy McSame
Is quite lame.

It certainly hurts
That he’s old as dirt.

When asked a question, his mind roams
Does NOT know, how many houses he owns!

It is simply, not just a ruse
That this guy has, a really short fuse.

Want to keep troops in Iraq for 100 years?
Has this guy been up all night drinking beers?

The GOP, dug itself a hole
Picking a guy as grumpy, as Bob Dole.

The GOP, dreads the fight
When the nominee, is Bush Light.

Was McSame’s choice made under duress?
Sarah Palin, is Dan-Quayle-in-a-dress!.

The Dems should surely, blow them away
Since Sarah is captive, of NRA.

The Dems should have, quite a feast
Running against, Beauty and the Beast.

The fans of the, Senator Hill
Won’t support the mayor of Mooseville.

McSame isn’t too far, from the hearse
Maybe he thought, he’d hired a nurse!

Posted by: russ_broadway | October 1, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

goodboy1 wrote:
But Biden too, was asked to name a Supreme Court decision he didn't agree with:
http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/10/01/the-final-blow-palin-on-roe-v-wade/

Thanks for posting this. Any self-respecting independent voter should watch this video and then ask yourself, which presidential candidate showed the best judgment in their VP selection? Did one of the candidates disqualify himself by his selection? The answers couldn't be plainer IMO.

I tried to watch the entire Palin response -- couldn't -- just too painful. I haven't seen such BS-ing since I was in high school, watching someone who didn't know the answer to a teacher's question trying to BS their way out of it. Seriously.

Posted by: jetchs | October 1, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

maybe palin is flubbing all these interviews on purpose so that expectations for her debate skills will be really low. then she'll come in and be all smooth but vague, as she was in the AK gubernatorial debates, and the base will be pleased.

Posted by: saracooper | October 1, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't she use one of her lifelines?

Posted by: buttgoblin | October 1, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin The gift to Saturday Night Live that just keeps on giving

Posted by: guytaur1 | October 1, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

to the guy who says "obama worshipers are out in force tonight" -- a serious question.

Seriously, does that answer satisfy you? Is that the answer you expect from a candidate for high office?

Really? Because if Obama gave an answer like that I'd be looking for the door. If Beiden gave an answer like that I'd be looking for the door.

Palin DID give an answer like that....it's an answer I'd expect from someone who never gets out much but, cripes, she a governor of a state, asked a very very simple question. Does she know NOTHING about government of this country?

Posted by: summicron1 | October 1, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

For not being able to answer any question Sarah Palin seems to be spending an awful lot of time wih Katie Couric. Everydy there is some new question she is not able to answer. Daddy McCain has started becoming agitated and angry when somebody tells him she is not ready for the job. I don't know how they select the Governor in Alaska. But it looks like most Alaskans probably dont even have a high school education, in which case anybody with an IQ a little higher than a moose can get elected there. But whether she knows anything or not, the other candidates can not claim attending 5 universities in 6 years.

Posted by: JohnMcCormick | October 1, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin couldn't name the Supreme Court case that was critical to her state because she simply skims along the surface of even important issues and sees each issue as an isolated event with no historical reference or connecting/overall ramifications.

She was never that intimately involved in the particulars of the oil spill case; consequently, once the case was over, it went out of her head. And other big Supreme Court decisions that many laypersons could site were never on her radar (the case that came to my mind that I disagreed with had to do with the woman who was not awarded back pay for being paid less than male co-workers because she didn't bring the suit quickly enough).

Sarah Palin is not dumb, but she is superficial and incurious.

Posted by: gsross | October 1, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Every journalist who interviews Sarah Palin has a sworn duty to keep asking questions until they find one that Palin can't immediately answer. Then that question and answer get played in an endless loop.

Meanwhile, no such treatment of either Obama or Palin. The process is revolting.

Posted by: Bill1230 | October 1, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

From Dreams of My Father:
'I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.'

From Dreams of My Father :
'I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.'

From Dreams of My Father:
'There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.'

From Dreams of My Father:
'It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.'

From Dreams of My Father:
'I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself , the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.'

From Audacity of Hope:
'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'

From a Candidate for PRESIDENT.

Posted by: citizonic | October 1, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

vimrich wrote, "At some point you all will realize that Palin is simply a generalist. This isn't about being stumped or not knowing. The Alaska case was so recent she can't possibly have forgotten. She just doesn't get into that. She wouldn't divulge which newspapers she reads for goodness sakes! You seriously think she drew a blank on that too? Ask her what kind of food she likes and I bet you get a two minute spiel on how great all the restaurants are in Alaska.

She keeps things general and always has resisted diving into specifics. It's who she is."
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And this is who you want as your VP? Someone who keeps things general and doesn't get into specifics. (I.E. trying to impress a broader range of people, rather then telling to truth?)

Posted by: iiell | October 1, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

A moose in every pot!

Posted by: buttgoblin | October 1, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse


Okay, now I'd like to know if Palin could even name three of the nine Supreme Court Justices.

Posted by: tperry1 | October 1, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

From Audacity of Hope:
'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/ownwords.asp
Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.
George Carlin
US comedian and actor (1937 - 2008)

Posted by: washpost31 | October 1, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Let see how smart you are Howie, with two high school questions:

- Name two irrational numbers lower than 5
- Which trigonometric functions are unbounded?

Do you know the answers wise guy?

I bet you don't since you are just a journalist who knows everything except the things you are supposed to know!

Posted by: trace-sc | October 1, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

She has a way of making George Dumbya look like a stuffy intellectual, come to think of it, she makes Paris Hilton look like an intellectual! What a sad silly joke this has become!

Posted by: squirebass | October 1, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

*knock**knock**knock*

"Who's there?"

"Dave."

"Dave's not here...!"

"..." *knock**knock**knock**knock**knock*

"Yeah, who is it?"

"It's me, man! Dave! Open up!"

"Oh, Dave?"

"Yeah, man. Open the door!"

"Dave?"

"Yeah, open the door, man."

"Dave's not here...!"

"..."

Posted by: zer0lin | October 1, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

"...in the great history of America rulings, there have been rulings, that's never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there."

Like...any Supreme Court rulings upholding federal civil-rights legislation? She wants to be on the states' side on those ones?

I actually can't decide if that's what she meant. I could believe equally easily that she wouldn't care about statewide racial discrimination or that she just doesn't know the pernicious history of "states' rights" movements.

Of course, either one should be a disqualifier.

Posted by: clarkjerome | October 1, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

From Audacity of Hope:
'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'

Why so much chatter about #2 ?
It's #1 we should be examining.

Posted by: citizonic | October 1, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

What scares me the most is this question? What type of person would accept the nomination of the VP of the United States who is so obviously unqualified? It has been blowing my mind. It bothers me every time I see her on one of these interviews. When Sarah Palin was asked by Charles Gibson if she hesitated when John McCain offered her the job she claimed she never blinked. What does this say about this woman, delusional comes to my mind or maybe totally clueless which again scares me to death. What type of leader would she make? This woman is unaware of anything that has happened outside of Alaska, ever! But she wants us to believe she can run this country if necessary. Even more scary is she believes she can run this country. God help us all if she suceeds!

Posted by: kaytemmel | October 1, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

all4smiling wrote, "For someone who was undecided -- I have now decided to root for the underdog -- Palin. This is ridiculous."
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I don't believe you were ever undecided because anyone with half a brain, some commen sense and an open mind, would not vote for McCain/Palin willingly.

Posted by: iiell | October 1, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

This fake will simply be a humorous footnote to the Presidential Election of 08 in the history books. In fact, by this time next week she won't even be on the GOP ticket. She might have been a sportscaster in a small market, but couldn't make it in a modest city (let's say Cincinnati) considering how badly she ad libs. VP? What an entertaining four years it would be, but devastating for not only the GOP but this country's reputation aboard. But our loss would be Letterman/Leno's gain. Sarah quit now before you do any more damage to yourself and your family.

Posted by: Genefox1 | October 1, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

One searches the comments here and on other web sites in vain, looking for a reasoned argument about how Gov. Palin's response to this question supports the belief that she would make a good president.

Instead, the only way they respond is to attack the other side. Which of course makes perfect sense, because they got nothin': Gov. Palin's response is indefensible. I could find a dozen teenagers and probably a few pre-teens within a 1/2 mile radius of where I live who could give a better and coherent response to this question than Gov. Palin gave...

Posted by: jetchs | October 1, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

From Audacity of Hope:
'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'

Why so much chatter about #2 ?
It's #1 we should be examining.

Posted by: citizonic | October 1, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Waaaahh, waaaahhh, waaahh!!!
Those mean female news anchors are not being nice to me.
Waaah, waaaah, waaaahh!!!

Posted by: pecos45 | October 1, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

At some point you all will realize that Palin is simply a generalist. This isn't about being stumped or not knowing. The Alaska case was so recent she can't possibly have forgotten. She just doesn't get into that. She wouldn't divulge which newspapers she reads for goodness sakes! You seriously think she drew a blank on that too? Ask her what kind of food she likes and I bet you get a two minute spiel on how great all the restaurants are in Alaska.

She keeps things general and always has resisted diving into specifics. It's who she is.

Finally, it is totally logical to support a right of privacy and oppose Roe. Griswold is the right of privacy case, involving access to contraceptives, which she supports. Roe also added the grand edict from on high that all people must now believe that life begins only at birth or at least not at conception.

If you believe in both privacy and life from conception, you would be for Griswold and against Roe. This is a quite common position.

Posted by: vimrich | October 1, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

There is no god but Obama, and CBS/WaPost is his messenger.

Posted by: jfnatuzzi | October 1, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

But Biden too, was asked to name a Supreme Court decision he didn't agree with:
http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/10/01/the-final-blow-palin-on-roe-v-wade/

Posted by: goodboy1 | October 1, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

If McCain thinks that any cute, perky Sunday School teacher is qualified to be VP, America has had it. Pulling her into the national spotlight unprepared is abusive. it shows you that McCain thinks of McCain first, not America first. She's the Governor of a State involved in a Supreme court case and she can't remember it?? Aw Shucks! I'll find one and get it to you!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 1, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Information Overload! McCain picks the most knowledge deprived person to his VP pick. Palin fell silent about a Supreme Court case that she disagreed with. Either Palin is acting like she's DOORKNOB DUMB in order to lull Joe Biden into a false sense of security, or she ACTUALLY IS Doorknob Dumb.

Palin did more than hold her own in the Alaskan debate for the governorship. But she's scaring the bejesus out of the Republican Base, and offering a scare to liberals and undecideds as well.

How is it that McCain picked a person who would be a heartbeat away from the Presidency, who doesn't know Jack about Squat when it comes to domestic, national, and international policy?

Some Maverick!

Posted by: jrev7620042000 | October 1, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Re "Ah, the socialist obama worshipers are out in force tonight."

Indeed we are. We congregate under the moon with Cheney and Palin voodoo dolls. Smoke dope. Partake of secret rituals. Sing old Eugene Debs tunes. Watch Jane Fonda movies. You should join us.

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 1, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

For someone who was undecided -- I have now decided to root for the underdog -- Palin. This is ridiculous. Who would ever want to run for any political office with the crap that goes on in the media? I happen to like Biden but he makes mistakes too! What is up with the let's make the woman look like an idiot? They did this with Hilary and it is just simply ridiculous. All it is doing is making smart educated women re-think who they are voting for.

Posted by: all4smiling | October 1, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

After seeing Palin and her supporters in action, I would go with Oregon v. Mitchell, 400 U.S. 112 (1970), which held literacy tests for voting unconstitutional.

Posted by: merganser | October 1, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like another piece of slanted journalism to me. Must be part of the VAST LEFT WING CONSPIRACY. Stalin would be proud.

Posted by: DL13 | October 1, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Here's one: Ledbetter v. Goodyear. How about Alaska v. Exxon? How about Brown v. Board of Ed, Topeka, KS? How about anything dealing with the Patriot Act? Gitmo? Shhheeessshhh!

Posted by: meldupree | October 1, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse


They can find her one to talk about if that's really necessary. What would be a good one that everyone would be interested in? There are so few decisions these days.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 1, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

mgd1 wrote, "It is obvious from all the Obama advertising that the Post is answering to the Boss Obama.

THe writers continue to stoop to lower and lower levels of tabloid and You Tube style reporting.

In this low level reporting style they degrade both themselves and their profession.

But at least it is very clear that the Post is owned and operated by Obama."
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All I can say to you is, "cry more."

Posted by: iiell | October 1, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm. I can think of one. . .Bush v. Gore.

Posted by: aps1 | October 1, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Continuing to air this interview is overkill. We get it, we get it!! She's not the brightest bulb in the pack, the sharpest knife in the drawer, the quickest turtle in the race, etc. But don't underestimate her; Palin enjoys wide support and appeal among the Repubs. The last time we underestimated someone of marginal intelligence, we ended up in 2 wars, faced with financial ruin and the U.S. Constitution increasingly becoming an afterthought when fashioning foreign and domestic policy.

Posted by: jytype616 | October 1, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"I'm not saying that Obama or Biden couldn't give a much, much better answer, but I just can't ever remember them ever being asked this type of question."

If you actually watched the CBS News broadcast you will see that it was part of a forum where the candidates were both asked the same question.

The same question was given to Biden. He immediately came up with an answer.

Posted by: HillMan | October 1, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin makes Bush look like a genius. She is the stupidest candidate I have ever seen. I am surprised she was elected Mayor!

Posted by: rcc_2000 | October 1, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I think watching the rest of the interviews is useful. Couric asks both Biden and Palin their thoughts on Roe v. Wade, followed by asking what other decisions (yes, decisions plural to each one) they are against. Biden gives an example, Palin repeats that she is against Roe v. Wade. She never answers the question. Palin only spoke to the one she was asked about.

Posted by: mrmcross | October 1, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm reminded of some old stoner comedy album where the announcer asks the contestant "What is your name?.... C'mon now.... Five seconds, Bob..." And he still doesnt get it.

Only this isnt a stoner comedy album. It's the Republican candidate for VP. God this country has gone to hell.

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 1, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

"HillMan, Palin DID have an answer - Roe vs Wade. Biden also came up with a single Supreme Court decision he did not agree with.

Only Palin was asked to name more than one Supreme Court decision she did not agree with. Palin alone. Sorry, that is media bias."

You're kidding, right? Biden agrees with Roe v Wade, so of course he wasn't asked what decisions IN ADDITION TO ROE he disagreed with. That would be, well, stupid.

Palin had just finished an answer about disagreeing with Roe v Wade, and she clearly couldn't name a single other decision.

You are grasping at straws here. There's simply no way to defend Palin not being able to think of a single Supreme Court decision she disagreed with besides Roe v Wade.

Posted by: HillMan | October 1, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the socialist obama worshipers are out in force tonight.

Posted by: jfnatuzzi | October 1, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

It's time to call a spade a spade. The far right verges on being treasonous, in the sense of risking, even to the point of seeming to seek, substantial destruction of our nation. Whatever their real motives might be, they are, in effect, destroying our great country. They launched us into an unnecessary trillion dollar war. They bailed out on punishing the people who did attack us on 9/11. They have clearly sold out our country to the ultra-rich through massive tax breaks and deregulation (can imagine a $50 million year-end bonus?) I do appreciate that some on the far right are indeed well intentioned; but at some point they must be willing to look at, and to comprehend, what their philosophy has done. The selection of Ms. Palin is just icing on the cake. It really does verge on treasonous -- in the sense of risking the substantial destruction of our nation -- to think that a man or woman as evidently ignorant as Ms. Palin should be placed at the helm of our great nation. What have we come to? Pray to God for a restoration of some degree of sanity and good sense: true American values that have served us so well for so long but which have abandoned us since 1980, and most certainly for the last God-awful two terms.

Posted by: kevinsullivan | October 1, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying that Obama or Biden couldn't give a much, much better answer, but I just can't ever remember them ever being asked this type of question. I actually think it is a good question and I wish we could get this type of meaningful question asked of Obama instead of questions about how he manages his popularity or how much he loves his wife.

I don't object to asking of good questions, which in the case of Palin, are actually giving me some serious insight into her qualifications (or lack thereof) for the job. What I do object to is that the Obama camp gets nothing but softballs, so we still don't know the answers to some important questions about him.

Katie Couric is doing her job with Palin. Maybe someday she will do it with Obama. Likewise with Charlie Gibson.


Posted by: bobmoses | October 1, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

"how about "what newspapers do you read?" is that gotcha journalism?"

Jake, gotcha questions a trick questions trying to force an embarrassing or incorrect reply. What is tricky about "what newspapers do you read"?

Palin's problem is she has developed a natural response to not give specific answers to anything (ie to waffle). So under pressure she waffles. She can't naturally give a direct answer.

Posted by: pdgnz | October 1, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Could she name a U.S. Supreme Court case beyond Roe v. Wade?

Posted by: SarahBB | October 1, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

That's the only thing left:
The 'pity' factor.
Poor thing, she's way out of her depth.
Let's help her.

On the other hand, she'll stick a harpoon in you if you get in the way of her next moose kill.

Tell you what:
Let's NOT help her.

Posted by: wardropper | October 1, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

UNBELIEVABLE.

Did this woman even finish the seventh grade? That's when I learned about Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson. She doesn't even have to know the case names; I'd give her a pass by just saying "you know, the ones about slavery or separate but equal".

If this woman is elected, it is tantamount to national suicide.

Posted by: Oomingmak | October 1, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

It is no less worrisome that she told Newsmax she isnt one of those people who think global warming is caused by human activity. In 2008, that belief means you are unqualified to hold any high office, let alone the vice-presidency.

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 1, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious from all the Obama advertising that the Post is answering to the Boss Obama.

THe writers continue to stoop to lower and lower levels of tabloid and You Tube style reporting.

In this low level reporting style they degrade both themselves and their profession.

But at least it is very clear that the Post is owned and operated by Obama.

Posted by: mgd1 | October 1, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Ouch, she can't even hit a ball off a tee.

Bush v Gore, Plessey v Ferguson, Brown v Board of Education

But she's PURTY and shoots animals. If she was this irretrievably stupid and looked like Barbara Mikulski she's have been left by the side of the road with her ever expanding family two weeks ago.

Posted by: buttgoblin | October 1, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Quick! We need a platoon of wingnuts to attack Katie Couric for asking an "unfair" question that exposes Palin's lack of qualifications for the job of VP.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 1, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Boob.

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 1, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain thinks she's great. And as he confidently remarked, "I'll let the American people decide." McCain sang bigtime to the Vietnamese. Just like he sings bigtime to Karl Rove.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | October 1, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

If every time this woman is asked a question, these folks yell "gotcha journalism," I would love to hear what they think reporters should ask in an interview. What do they want, questions like those that Hannity asked her? You might as well have her questioned by her staff. I learned nothing from that interview. Now I see where they are complaining about Ifill. It's the same old working the refs. Demonize Ifill so that when Palin comes off poorly, they have set up the scapegoat. If memory serves me correctly, both sides agreed to her. I think objecting now if to try to go esat on Gov Palin. I hope Ms Ifill has more integrity that that. I was pleased at how Jim Lehrer tried to keep the candidates on track and how Cambell Brown also kept on them until they answered the questions. I hope Gwen Ifill takes her cues from them and does not allow EITHER candidate to just mouth talking points. I want an intelligent president who can think on his or her feet. Make them show this. Then let the chips fall where they may.

Posted by: TomfromNJ1 | October 1, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse


Josephine Six-Pack TRIES to speak again....

Posted by: tperry1 | October 1, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Republican Philosophy 101:

1. When you say something that back fires, blame the other guy.
2. Tell many lies as often as possible and eventually it becomes the truth.
3. Keep doing the same thing over and over and over ~ - expecting different results.
4. If it's not broken, break it.
5. Forcefully push your beliefs onto others.
6. If the facts don't agree with you, deny them.
7. Say whatever is popular.
8. When asked a question you don't have a logical answer for, ramble on until everyone forget you was answering a question.
9. Claim to be a Christian, but ignore Christ's teachings which do not fit your life style.

Posted by: iiell | October 1, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

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This has got to be the greatest ruse of all time, because what people don't know is that Sarah Palin was secretly second in line to be director of the Council on Foreign Relations 1994, and has subscribed to Foreign Affairs magazine since she was 5 years-old.

She almost clerked for Rehnquist but there was an unusually large salmon run in Bristol Bay that year.

Sure she acts stupid, but that just belies how much of a genius she is. Joe Biden has something coming that's for sure.

...or at least that's what republicans want to believe.


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Posted by: el_barto | October 1, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

What an idiot. This is even more damaging once you hear that she was involved in a recent case with which she disagreed. The right is now crying "let Palin be Palin" ... well, it's up to her to do that. Whatever happened to the GOP cry of personal accountability? Let Palin be Palin? The onus is on her. She needs to prove herself. And so far she's just garbage.

Posted by: Mitch22 | October 1, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Poor Bible Spice. She is astonishingly unprepared for the job of Vice President of the United States.

What's scary is the people that still support this ticket even knowing this.

Why do they hate America?

Posted by: 8-man | October 1, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

how about "what newspapers do you read?" is that gotcha journalism?

Posted by: JakeD | October 1, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Yes! I expect a candidate running for VP of the U.S. to know at least a supreme court ruling (or two). It's something that is taught in high school (if not junior high school level).

I don't feel as though my neighbor down the street is qualified for VP and I don't believe Palin is qualified, either.

She needs to stop giving the people of this country those 'BS' answers. She sounds like a bad used car salesperson.

Posted by: ssanford00 | October 1, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Yawn. Where is the scrutiny of (and smug righteous indignation about) Biden's obvious lack of fitness to be VP? Serial plagiarist, autobiographical liar, outright buffoon when it comes to foreign policy (oh, that's right, he's an "expert" (just ask him...or the press!)), inarticulate campaigner (other than when he displayed refreshing candor while conceding the blindingly obvious: Obama "isn't qualified to be President"), Biden is a fraud, just like his running mate. We could wait eons for the mainstream press to own up to this fact....

Posted by: pcbrig | October 1, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

i love the diehards to defend the indefensible in this case. she is in way out of her depth. almost cruel of mccain to select her. but she could have declined......

Posted by: funkey | October 1, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

What a piece of crap Palin is. How many deaths is our cowboy warfighting stud responsible for? 100's of thousands. A women has the gift of life. I don't condone abortion as a form of birth control, but whatever the circumstances, it's hers to take. And when she meets her maker, her responsibility. Not the Pope's, not Palin's, not Bush, and certainly not some Orwellian Government. Time would be better spent rehabing Catholic priests that sodomized little boys.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | October 1, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

OOOOHHHHH, You mean That Supreme Court?!?!

Thats not Gotcha Journalism, thats a person who speaks volumes of her "Experience and Ability" but shows time and again she cant think on her feet.
Im not bashing her, I think, as far as charisma,maybe even Karma, she has a ton of good energy, great ideas for her corner of America, and really is All American.
But stand her up next to McCain, who really does'nt have much different a take on Foreign Policy than G. Bush, and Imagine McCain droppin dead, or ill enough to be incapable of holding the office of President, and you're left with Gidget, the sometimes on sometimes not Guvna.
Would You really want the possibility of another War, based on " OOOHHH, you meant THIS button"?? Im sure, with good coaching and a less tense atmosphere of the VP debate (less tense, Like stuck in a corner with a Pit Bull starin you down)she might pull it together for the debate.If she can stay on stump speech answers, like John, and not try so hard to come up with answers she does'nt really know are correct or even close,she might get through without to many scratches.
She'll be ripping at Obama all night, will most likely stray from questions asked, and ironically, she does have the ability to attack Biden on age and past issues (the irony is, Joe usally airs his own laundry,in his Gaffe machine)

Posted by: mullett | October 1, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Gosh...that is tough to watch. And I am a democrat.

You really hate to see someone look so bad in public like that.

Posted by: keithrjackson | October 1, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

How is this "gotcha" journalism? This is a very valid question that the other candidate was able to answer.

Posted by: DavidLi | October 1, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Bad day or not, Gov. Palin has shown nothing which would indicate that she has a reflective mind. She clearly has little interest in issues of law, philosophy, economy, international policy, etc. - the big issues. People who aren't interested in such issues (most people likely fall into this category) don't spend time thinking about them. When you don't spend time thinking about them, you simply cannot intelligently answer questions about these big ideas.

Sarah Palin clearly does not have her own thoughts on these matters. It's not that she is unintelligent; she is just incurious. Yet another incurious mind has no business in the White House.

Posted by: jyhume | October 1, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

"The intent of gotcha journalism is always premeditated and used to defame or discredit the interviewee by portraying them as self contradictory, malevolent, unqualified"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotcha_journalism

Palin manages to discredit herself with what she's "not gotta".

Posted by: pdgnz | October 1, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

haha

Posted by: JudgeAlan | October 1, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse


HillMan, Palin DID have an answer - Roe vs Wade. Biden also came up with a single Supreme Court decision he did not agree with.

Only Palin was asked to name more than one Supreme Court decision she did not agree with. Palin alone. Sorry, that is media bias.

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"Gotcha journalism" is when you try to quiz a candidate on some obscure foreign leader.

Asking about Supreme Court decisions is as far from 'gotcha journalism' as you can get.

And Couric asked Biden the exact same question.

Turns out he had an answer.

Posted by: HillMan | October 1, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: washpost33 | October 1, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Look, folks, just because YOU can't answer it doesn't mean that she gets a pass.

Think of it this way.

At YOUR job, you have responsibilties and knowledge.

If you are a business professional, you know the ins and outs of your business.

If you are a chef, you know specifics of cooking, or might know of certain spices.

If you are a painter, you might know of different types of brushes, or oils vs acrylics, etc...

As a member of government, you need to know about your job and about things surrounding your job, even if you don't directly do those things. As a governor, you probably would know about various legal decisions throughout history.

Palin isn't a lawyer, or a judge, or directly involved in the legal branch of our government, but she should have at least a PASSING knowledge.

As someone with no interest in supreme court cases, I probably would have blurted out the words "Dred Scott" or "Separate but Equal" or ANYTHING... and then probably admitted that I didn't know the actual names for these court cases.

Posted by: wunderwood | October 1, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

How come you big city folks think she should no about a court thing that did not concern her - she minds her own business. .........
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/01/rednecks-for-palin-wasilla-aa/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 1, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Jaked et al,

Katie Couric did NOT ask a trick question.

Asking a vice presidential candidate about Supreme Court rulings is no different than asking an airline pilot where the rudder is.

If either candidate or pilot can't answer the question, they need to be removed -- QUICKLY.

It's not your fault that Sarah's an airhead bimbo right out of the 1970s sitcom "Laverne and Shirley." But in trying to defend her, you show the intellectual depth of that ridiculous and uproariously funny character Squiggy.

Underneath everything, however, it's not the stupidity of people like you that's so astounding.

It's your thinly-disguised racism.

Posted by: loulor | October 1, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin looks like a deer in headlights when she is asked a direct question in an interview, like her mind goes blank. In the Alaska debates, she twinkled her way through, and simply repeated the original question in more general terms while batting her eyelashes. When she is stressed, she drops the 'g' from 'ing' and tries to go folksy. You have to understand, Alaska gets the rednecks that even Dixie no longer wants, and they elected her.

Posted by: AKwatchman | October 1, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Hm. She could have picked Plessy vs Ferguson (163 US 537) as a good one to perhaps disagree with. Everyone knows that case, it was very interesting.

Or perhaps Dred Scott v. Sandford (60 US 393). There's an interesting case that a modern person might find qualms with...

CZ

Posted by: cz_man | October 1, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

"That was most definitely a "gotcha journalism" question. Imagine that."

"More gotcha journalism."

Imagine that. When it doesn't look good and it can't be defended just blame something else, journalism, MSM, trick question, bias, sexism, hate, blah, blah.

Posted by: pdgnz | October 1, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

If asking questions that the American people will find to be important is "gotcha journalism" as the asanine GOP Yoda presidential candidate put it, then continue the "gotcha's". That sounds so damn childish, gotcha? my goodness, the GOP has really become the party of wet shivering puppies.

One thing about a question, if you have the answer there is no "gotcha" to be had.

The GOP is an embarrassment to America, the sensible conservatives need to abandon that pig traugh and found a new party in which education is considered an asset and not a liability.

I thought ellie mae clampit was in her 70's, looks like she has popped up on the GOP ticket. Or is she Dasie Duke?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 1, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"Gotcha journalism" is when you try to quiz a candidate on some obscure foreign leader.

Asking about Supreme Court decisions is as far from 'gotcha journalism' as you can get.

And Couric asked Biden the exact same question.

Turns out he had an answer.

Posted by: HillMan | October 1, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

She can't just say she doesn't know and keep her mouth shut. She insists on rambling and rambling and after all that rambling she says absolutely nothing but jibber jabber. I am sure Palin is a very nice lady but Vice President of the United States?? PuuuuuLeeeeeze. She would be great for Dan Quayle type jokes though.

Posted by: matrox | October 1, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

You see kids that is what happen when you go to 5 schools in 6 years.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Proof of Sarah Palin's hyperintellectual acuity can be found on her secret blog at

http://missalaska.wordpress.com/

Posted by: RaccoonDog | October 1, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

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A couple of extremely important cases were recently ruled on by the US Supreme Court: Boumediene v. Bush/Al Odah v. United States and District of Columbia v. Heller.

As an ultra conservative, I am sure Palin does NOT agree with the Supreme Court's rulings on the rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay (Boumediene v. Bush/Al Odah v. United States). She could have simply said, “I disagree with the Guantanamo Bay detainee ruling, that as enemies of the state, they are not entitled to the same liberties as Americas and fall under the jurisdiction of the military” and scored big points.

However, as the NRA poster queen and hunter, I am sure she supports their ruling striking down D.C. gun control law (District of Columbia v. Heller). She could have said, “I can’t think of a case I disagree with off the top of my head, but I certainly agree with their decision in striking down the D.C. control law. I am a strong advocate of the second amendment.”

I am quite positive these Supreme Court rulings made front page news in every major newspaper in America. If Palin reads all of the newspapers, how come these did not immediate come to mind?

Posted by: jandcgall1 | October 1, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Nominating her for VP is not putting our country first.

Posted by: DPoniatowski | October 1, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

That was most definitely a "gotcha journalism" question. Imagine that.

Posted by: amphigorist | October 1, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

More gotcha journalism.

Posted by: JakeD | October 1, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

"One puzzling aspect of Palin's non-response is that she was heavily involved in one of the court's biggest cases, a decision three months ago to slash the punitive damages awarded to those whose livelihoods were affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound. The court ended nearly two decades of legal battles by cutting the award from $2.5 billion to $500 million."


Howard, is it so odd? She obviously had a very bad interview that day, nervous, brain freeze, what have you. Don't we all have bad days?

Of course when a Dem has a bad day, you guys just gloss over it. I think I heard Biden's remark about FDR on TV maybe once, and it died right there.

Posted by: washpost33 | October 1, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

This women is an absolute MASTER of the technique of Rambling. Now if you were to go back and actually read a transcript of what she just said it would be total senselessness.

Posted by: matrox | October 1, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

She also said she supported a right to privacy. Very ironic, given that Roe v. Wade was decided based on the right to privacy, which the strict constructionists opposed.

Posted by: flarrfan | October 1, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

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