From Popular to Pitiable: Palin’s pathetic Couric interview

Popular: widely liked or appreciated.

Pitiable: arousing or deserving of compassion, lamentable.

Pathetic: pertaining to, expressing or arousing pity; distressing and inadequate.

Palin’s ratings are plummeting as the public gets to see more of her. Well, we’re not seeing a lot more, since she’s only granted interviews to Charlie Gibson and now Katie Couric (four weeks since her nomination announcement!).

What I’ve seen of the Couric interview(s?) is a disaster. Palin is inarticulate, weasely, and seems incapable of actually answering a question.  My personal response to her vacillates from horror, to amusement, to disbelief, to WTF?, and now even to pity.

WHAT was the McCain campaign thinking (drinking?) when they chose her for VP?  Were they so cynical about the smarts of the American people to think we wouldn’t notice her critical failings?  Did the Republicans just make her a pawn in their political game? If this is the case, I feel sorry for her.

However, Palin has had presidential aspirations since she was elected mayor of Wasilla (wish I could find that cite), so to be offered a crack at the VP slot by an old duffer (with a 30% chance of dying in office) played right into her ambitions. Even so,  if she had even an ounce of self-knowledge, she would have recognized that she was not yet ready and said, “Thanks but no thanks…. ask me again in four years after I’ve done a lot more traveling, reading, governing, learning, thinking.”

But she jumped at the chance, “Didn’t even blink!”  Sarah the Unready.  So I say, “Honey, you chose this bed. Now sleep in it.

Here are a couple of transcript tidbits from the Couric interview. Tell me if you understood what she was saying:

Proximity to Alaska:

COURIC: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land– boundary that we have with– Canada. It– it’s funny that a comment like that was– kind of made to– cari– I don’t know, you know? Reporters–


PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that’s the word, yeah.

COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.

PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our– our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They’re in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia–

COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We– we do– it’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is– from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to– to our state.

Bailout and Health Care

COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? … Instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: Ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy– Oh, it’s got to be about job creation too. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions.

4 responses to “From Popular to Pitiable: Palin’s pathetic Couric interview

  1. It has been posited that the reason McCain wants to postpone his appearance with Obama tomorrow night is so that the Palin-Biden discussion would have to be forfiefted to make room for the above postponement. That would leave so few days left between now and the election that the Biden-Palin forum would never take place and the Republicans would be spared the embarrasment of having Palin make the same kind of gaffes she made with Couric. Makes sense, doesn’t it. The GOP doesn’t want her out there where folks can see how ill prepared she is to be elected to the office of Vice-Pres. Who wants to put money on that ‘hockey Mom’ should McCain drop dead in office (Should, god forbid, he be elected.) Ah, yes! Beauty and the Beast. But which one is which?

  2. My boss is usually a rather sensible person. And we agree on many things, as long as the conversation is kept to general terms, not specifically political in nature. But if I mention McCain or Palin, he goes insane. I just cannot fathom how he can listen to PalinSpeak and still consider her qualified for the job of VP. But he does. I’ve asked him to decipher some of her off the cuff responses for me, and he changes the subject. Talks about what a great speech she gave at convention. A speech someone wrote for her, I remind him. And then I try to bring subject back to her own statements: and he reverts to calling anyone who doesn’t like her a ‘latte sipping, tree hugging liberal”. (He even offered to buy a latte maker for the office, just for me. I told him I prefer First Flush Darjeeling, from an organic tea estate. He said that sounded suspiciously LIBERAL also).

  3. Yup. yup. yup.

    Cognitive linguist George Lakoff (“Don’t Think of an Elephant”) says that we build frames for our reality and anything that falls outside that frame bounces off.

    Evidently this debate is not the first McCain dropped out of – he did the same thing in California in 2000 when it looked like Bush would kill him.

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