More of Sarah Palin's missteps, once again revealing Palin's inner-Barbie and the fact that she is wholly unqualified to lead this nation, are revealed in this clip from the CBS/Katie Couric interview:
Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska drew a blank in an interview broadcast on Wednesday when asked by Katie Couric to name any decisions by the United States Supreme Court that she disagreed with, beyond Roe v. Wade.
"Hmmm," Ms. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, said after a brief silence. "Well, let's see. There's -- of course in the great history of America there have been rulings that there's never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but -- -- ."
It was the latest in a series of interviews of Ms. Palin by Ms. Couric that have raised questions about her grasp of the issues. This one was broadcast on the eve of the first and only vice-presidential debate, in which Ms. Palin will face Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware.
The election of the McCain/Palin ticket would place Sarah Palin one 72-year old heartbeat away from the Presidency. Her continued inability respond to simple questions while under a moderate amount of pressures demonstrates some sort of cognitive difficulty. Her ability to respond under pressure is severely lacking.
Howard Kurtz (WaPo) points out an alarming fact which raises grave concerns about the psychological block revealed by Palin's inability to respond when under pressure.
One puzzling aspect of Palin's non-response is that she was heavily involved in one of the court's biggest cases, a decision three months ago to slash the punitive damages awarded to those whose livelihoods were affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound. The court ended nearly two decades of legal battles by cutting the award from $2.5 billion to $500 million.
Palin sided with the nearly 33,000 fishermen, native Alaskans and others who sued because of the accident -- although she and her husband dropped out because of his commercial fishing business -- and she denounced the court ruling afterward. But she made no mention of the case in the interview.
Must be time for the McCain-Palin campaign to play the victim card. It's been weeks since we've last saw them whining that the elite media isn't being fair to Sarah -- complaining that the media is playing "gotcha" journalism when they *gasp* ask a simple question then not let her off the hook when she refuses to answer.
The party of the rich and... richer... expect the media to behave like they do over at Fox News. Ask a question then applaud whatever talking point Sarah spews out as a gift of wisdom. Shame on Couric for asking twice and pressing for a real answer!
"We didn't expect anyone to treat her as a cream puff because she's a girl," [senior McCain adviser Nicolle] Wallace said. But, she added, "I'm shocked personally at how brutal many of the women in the media have been."
Was Couric brutal by asking the tap-dancing Palin "Can you think of any?"
I don't think so, and I don't believe CNN's Campbell Brown was out of line either when she "urged the campaign to arrange more interviews for Palin and stop treating her like a delicate flower who will wilt at any moment," but Wallace cites those exact words from Campbell as an example of the brutal treatment dished out by female journalists.
Meanwhile, the most recent Pew Research poll results show that America is catching on to the charade that is the Sarah Palin candidacy.
Opinions about Sarah Palin have become increasingly negative, with a majority of the public (51%) now saying that the Alaska governor is not qualified to become president if necessary; just 37% say she is qualified to serve as president. That represents a reversal of opinion since early September, shortly after the GOP convention. At that time, 52% said Palin was qualified to step in as president, if necessary.
A drop of 15 points from 52% to 37% is significant, and it took place at a time that the McCain campaign has severely restricted press access to Palin, effectively keeping her hidden from the American people and keeping Palin "on script" only except for two interviews.
The drop is understandable -- unscripted and live, Palin fails to demonstrate the ability to lead this nation.
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