The Sarah Palin trainwreck is the story that just keeps on giving.
Today, in what has to be a new low in presidential politics, Senator John McCain actually sat in on Katie Couric’s latest interview with Governor Palin to help her answer those hardballs Ms. Couric keeps throwing. You know, tough questions like, “Are you sorry you said it?”
Senator McCain, acting every bit like a lawyer with a loose-lipped client at a deposition, jumps in at the least provocation and in the process only highlights how nervous he is about letting his running mate talk. Governor Palin, who looks way, way, way happier sitting across from Ms. Couric with her protector at her side, actually manages to produce sentences that are more than fragments and that actually contain a subject and a verb (or a couple of each). The subjects and verbs don’t always agree, but hey, it’s an improvement.
A lot has been written about the sexist treatment of Governor Palin since her announcement, but the most egregious examples – including this – have come from Team McCain.
And, for those of you who – in the words of Kathleen Parker – have exhausted your “cringe refex,” here’s a warning so you can start avoiding the television: according to the Guardian newspaper’s political blogger, “Meanwhile, CBS is reportedly sitting on footage of Palin proving herself unable to name any Supreme Court decision except Roe versus Wade.”
Let’s go to the tape machine.
PPS – As with her interview with Charles Gibson, the scariest part of yesterday’s interview was Governor Palin’s enduring absolute certainty that she’s up to this job:
Couric: Gov. Palin, since our last interview, you’ve gotten a lot of flak. Some Republicans have said you’re not prepared; you’re not ready for prime-time. People have questioned your readiness since that interview. And I’m curious …
Couric: … to hear your reaction.
Palin: Well, not only am I ready, but willing and able to serve as vice-president with Sen. McCain if Americans so bless us and privilege us with the opportunity of serving them, ready with my executive experience as a city mayor and manager, as a governor, as a commissioner, a regulator of oil and gas.