Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin defended her remark that the close proximity of Russia to her home state of Alaska gives her foreign policy experience, explaining in a CBS interview airing Thursday that "we have trade missions back and forth."
Palin has never visited Russia and until last year the 44-year-old Alaska governor had never traveled outside North America. She also had never met a foreign leader until her trip this week to New York. In the CBS interview, she did not offer any examples of having been involved in any negotiations with the Russians.
Oh -- my -- god! This is getting scarier by the minute.
If anyone in the audience speaks "gibberish" I'd appreciate a translation in the comment thread.
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.
Maybe it's not gibberish - maybe it's "Chipmunkese" - but whatever language Sarah Palin is speaking it isn't "Presidential."
When you see the thought process that's going on behind those eyes as she struggles to answer, and then remember Palin's past history as a runner-up in a beauty pageant -- only one answer comes to mind.
Thank you very much, Ms. Alaska Runner-Up.
Now scroll up and watch Sarah again --
AHHHH! She's scaring me!
I used to think that Sarah Palin was the perfect neocon puppet. If Maverick McCain got elected and then (mysteriously or otherwise) passed away, I thought Sarah Palin would the perfect person to fulfill the neocon agenda - just prop her up, have her smile, and feed her the talking points. Just like George the Chimp.
But this demonstrates that Sarah Palin is not even up to that simple task. She may be a great hockey mom...
...and I betcha she was a great Wasilla Mayor dontchaknowit...
but come on, Vice President? A heartbeat away from the Oval Office? You're kidding....
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