How embarrassing it must be for the Republicans who for the last several weeks have tried to defend Sarah Palin as being a qualified candidate, and now having to watch this and see just how wholly unprepared Sarah Palin is for the job. Repubbies - I feel badly for you. Watching this clip is likely to give you nightmares...
Palin: My understanding is that Rick Davis recused himself from the dealings of the firm. I don't know how long ago, a year or two ago that he's not benefiting from that. And you know, I was - I would hope that's not the case.
Katie Couric: But he still has a stake in the company so isn't that a conflict of interest?
Palin: Again, my understanding is that he recused himself from the dealings with Freddie and Fannie, any lobbying efforts on his part there. And I would hope that's the case because, as John McCain has been saying, and as I've on a much more local level been also rallying against is the undue influence of lobbyists in public policy decisions being made.
Nice dodge there, Sarah. Way to go -- you avoided answering the question completely. Just repeat the same, rehearsed talking point fed to you by your handlers, and smile.
And you can hear the stress in her voice, especially when Couric presses and asks the question again, not accepting Palin's bullshit as an actual answer to the question. There's a looooong pause, and Palin, unable to think on her feet, repeats the same talking point again... word for word.
Yes, Davis still owns the company. Yes, he still has an equity interest in the firm, and yes, he still "profits" from the arrangement with Fannie Mae. Nether Palin nor McCain nor anyone in the McCain campaign have denied that. They just spew bullshit, as Palin does in the clip above..
After Palin pretends to be against lobbyist's influence (lol!) Couric then asks about the $700 billion bailout.
Palin: I'm all about the position that America is in and that we have to look at a $700 billion bailout. At the same time we know inaction is not an option. And as Sen. McCain has said unless this nearly trillion dollar bailout is what it may end up to be, unless there are amendments in Paulson's proposal, really I don't believe that Americans are going to support this and we will not support this.
The interesting thing in the last couple of days that I have seen is that Americans are waiting to see what John McCain will do on this proposal. They're not waiting to see what Barack Obama is going to do. Is he going to do this and see what way the political wind's blowing? They're waiting to see if John McCain will be able to see these amendments implemented in Paulson's proposal.
Couric: Why do you say that? Why are they waiting for John McCain and not Barack Obama?
Palin: He's got the track record of the leadership qualities and the pragmatism that's needed at a crisis time like this.
Gufaw! When asked a simple question, Palin spouts another talking point. The fact is that Democrats are on board with the administration on the changes to be made for the passage of the initiative, and the Republicans have been dragging their feet and reticent.
McCain has not taken a leadership position and is only now making the attempt to - in typical high-drama "look at me!" John McCain fashion - and "Showboat McCain" is off to Washington, riding on his horse to save the day.
Just don't ask him to debate the same week he's saving America - he can't do two things at once.
Palin then proceeds to shake the "Great Depression" voodoo doll at the American public. As if Palin has a friggn' clue on the economy.
I'm coming to the conclusion that Sarah Palin is a simpleton. Watch the balance of the interview and you'll see what I mean. What absolute gibberish!
And finally - Palin is totally unable to come up with any examples of McCain's oversight and prior calls for increased regulation during his 26 years in Congress. She falls back on talking points about "McCain the Maverick".
"Ill try to find you some and I'll bring 'em to ya'
How folksy.... how pathetic... how totally unprepared for the job.
Update: But wait... there's more. Listen to this
airhead Republican nominee answer another question about the bailout.
In case you didn't know - it is all about Health Care, or jobs, or something... uhm well, (smile).
Wow - That's really sad. No wonder they keep her under lock and key.
And I wonder what excuse they'll come up with in an attempt to cancel Palin's debate with Joe Biden. That's going to be one fun debate -- if the Republicans don't chicken out.
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