Karl Rove decides on the person to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency... and she doesn't have a frickin' clue... She was a choice made based on polls and demographics, not qualifications.
Peering down at Palin through reading glasses set at the tip of his nose, foot circling over knee ever more impatiently, Gibson, 65, wouldn't let her coast. Yes, she had mastered the pronunciation of Georgia president Mikhail Saakashvili's name, not to mention that of Iran's Mahmud Ahmadinejad. And maybe that would have been good enough on ``Good Morning America.''
But no-one had coached her in something called the Bush Doctrine. Doctrine? What doctrine would that be, Charlie?
Palin, 44, apparently never heard of the Bush Doctrine until yesterday. She flashed a smile nearly as frozen as her running- mate's and did that tenth-grader thing of tap-dancing around the question, skittishly ad libbing her way with gibberish about Bush's ``global vision.''
Gibson was having none of it, pressing her for specifics she didn't have at her command and finally -- his glare set to iceberg blue, foot circling like a lasso -- he impatiently explained what the doctrine is, when it was introduced, and gave her another chance to answer.
No wonder they kept her under lock and key, away from the press for all this time. She's a great little teleprompter reader, but the thought of this woman running this nation is so frightening as to be unimaginable. You can see it in her eyes - she hasn't a clue what Gibson is talking about when he asks her about the Bush Doctrine.
Sarah Palin has obviously not paid an ounce of attention on what's been going on in Washington for the eight years under George W. Bush. Senators Obama, Biden and McCain all understand - but differ in their conclusions and approaches as t how to go forward...
But Sarah Palin doesn't have a clue, and is the wrong answer for the White House - the absolute wrong answer, and she proved that in the ABC Gibson interview, and she'll prove it again and again as the real Palin emerges from behind the facade of coiffed one-liners and "I'm such a victim" press releases.
Palin is not ready for the White House.
Watching Palin I felt an uneasiness about her that at first I attributed to her evasiveness and political posturing... she was obviously uncomfortable an that made me uncomfortable.
An expert saw this in Palin's performance:
On The Early Show Friday, body language expert Jo-Ellan Dimitrius said Palin rated about a five on a scale of ten during the interview. As Dimitirius put it, "There were some aspects that could have been better and some that could have been worse."
Dimitrius, who with Wendy Patrick Mazzarella co-wrote the new book, "Reading People: How to Understand People and Predict Their Behavior -- Anytime, Anyplace," told co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez Palin was slouching a bit in the chair. "She's not erect. Most people look at body posture as being a sign of credibility, or professionalism. The way she's hunched over, it also shows a bit of insecurity and a lack of confidence."
Palin didn't come off as being as confident sitting there as she seemed during her speech to the Republican convention, Dimitrius added.
Also, accoridng to Dimitrius, Palin isn't a good listener -- she hurried the conversation.
And she had clenched hands at many points. That, says Dimitrius, is a fighting, defensive stance, also revealing a lack of confidence. It's one of insecurity. She was being protective.
What's more, at times, when Plain was saying "no," she was shaking her head "yes." That, says Dimitirus, indicates she wanted Gibson's approval.
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