POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Hendrik Hertzberg (New Yorker) on the Katie Couric interview of Sarah Palin

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 27, 2008

Hendrick Hertzberg writes at newyorker.com …

  • Couric is both pleasanter and tougher than Charlie Gibson had been during the only other non-Fox interview the lady has condescended to give.
  • For Palin, the interview excerpt begins badly … 
    • Couric asks about the campaign manager and the Fannie Mae payroll.
    • Palin gives her answer, something about how her “understanding” is that the campaign manager had “recused himself.”
    • Couric rephrases the question.
    • Palin gives her answer again. It is nearly word for word the same as the first time.
    • Chilling.
  • The interview excerpt ends badly, too … 
    • Couric asks what, besides suggesting two years ago that there ought to be more oversight of the mortgage giants, McCain has ever done in his twenty-six years in Congress to change the way Wall Street does business.
    • Palin points to McCain’s call for more oversight of the mortgage giants.
    • Couric asks again.
    • Palin says fondly that McCain is a maverick.
    • Politely, a third time, Couric asks for specific examples.
    • Pertly, Palin says, “I’ll try to find some and I’ll bring ‘em to ya.”

LMW COMMENT: These answers should embarrass a high school student. The more Palin is exposed in the media, the faster downhill the McCain-Palin ticket will slide

Read the entire Hertzberg post at … http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/hendrikhertzberg/2008/09/an-eventful-day.html

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