Video: SNL on Palin, Clinton, and the debate

posted at 10:24 am on September 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

Three good ones but the last is the killer so watch that if you’re strapped for time. In the interest of strict factual accuracy, I’m obliged to note that The One would not, of course, play the race card on Kim Jong-Il. He’d have a surrogate do it for him. As for Palin, if you think Fey’s grossly exaggerating the incoherence of her answer about the bailout, compare this clip to the transcript from the CBS interview. It’s nearly verbatim, with one or two extra absurd details tossed in for spice. Lowry’s right: If she comes off like this during the debate and late-night comics end up in a feeding frenzy, she’s going to carry that image with her not just for the rest of this campaign but into 2012.

Kind of sad that they have to rely on alumni (mostly) to play these roles.


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Dave Rywall on September 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

We get it Dave…Palin does not have the spastic, unhinged Canadian vote.

She’ll probably do alright without it.

BigWyo on September 28, 2008 at 12:15 PM

By the way, does anyone know if and how much the Couric interview was edited? I haven’t heard much about it. Unlike the Gibson interview which was butchered to make Palin look bad.

4shoes on September 28, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Let’s add this up: SNL runs 90 minutes a week and spends less than a third of that time mocking and insulting Palin, McCain and Obama (let’s assume Biden’s too easy a target for now).

Meanwhile, Limbaugh, Hannity, and Levin spend 8 hours a day of radio time, along with second tier assistance on the weekend plus a conservative 5-10 hours a week on Fox from H&C, Ingraham and incidental programs mocking and insulting Obama and Biden.

Yup, that dang SNL is just so unfair and biased ain’t it?

sanguine4 on September 28, 2008 at 12:17 PM

LOL @ sanguine4. But not for the reason you might think.

In other words, i’m laughing at you. Did you listen to the Rachael Maddow show, Keith Olbermann’s Countdown and Stephanie Miller sow as well as others?

wise_man on September 28, 2008 at 12:20 PM

First of, when it comes to political humor, the best humor is usually that that’s not made up of whole cloth – because that’s the humor that resonates, and sticks with people.

Hats of to SNL – they probably did more in a minute and a half to pin Obama to his Chicago Machine political background in voter’s minds than we’ve seen out of the traditional “news” in …when did he announce his candidacy?

I’m not at all surprised to see polls reflecting more people thinking Obama ‘won’ Friday’s debate – the same pool of people providing the responses for those polls is the same population base that has fed the American Idol phenomena. Flash and presentation – which is something Obama actually did rather well Friday night – content is irrelevant – only how it is delivered. And if it sounds smooth and creamy, then it must be delicious.

Love it or hate it, SNL is a major player in this equation. A 5 second scorching lampoon from them is worth months of output from AP, Ed, Reynolds, Hansen, Will, Kristol, or any number of ‘serious’ political observers and commenters.

And looking at it from that angle, they did Obama no favor whatsoever – in either the debate skit or the Billy Jeff segment. And while it may have been extremely irritating for humor challenged folks on the right to watch, their jabs at McCain were so obviously over the top and nonsensical, that people likely gave the lines a chuckle, but they didn’t ‘stick’, because they were so obviously fabrications.

It is a double edged sword, a factor noted by several here. Palin got taken to the woodshed because Palin supplied them with the material to take her to the woodshed over. It may be the outcome the McCain camp has been afraid of from Sarah talking to the media – but there it is.

But trying to paint someone as a ditz is a far cry from opening Barry’s Chicago Pandora’s box of sleaze. That was a square in the chest body blow. Which should, and now, finally, may knock Barry out of any chance of winning in November.

So, for that at least, kudos to SNL.

Wind Rider on September 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

sanquine4: You forgot NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, CNN, CNBC, CSPAN 1, MTV, US Ragazine, People, Time Ragazine etc, etc, etc, etc……..

Vince on September 28, 2008 at 12:30 PM

The United states is a sick nation.
From over-commercialization to over-liberalization
the country of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson is dead.

Calm Before the Storm on September 28, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Let’s add this up: SNL runs 90 minutes a week and spends less than a third of that time mocking and insulting Palin, McCain and Obama (let’s assume Biden’s too easy a target for now).

Meanwhile, Limbaugh, Hannity, and Levin spend 8 hours a day

of radio time, along with second tier assistance on the weekend plus a conservative 5-10 hours a week on Fox from H&C, Ingraham and incidental programs mocking and insulting Obama and Biden.

Yup, that dang SNL is just so unfair and biased ain’t it?

sanguine4 on September 28, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Damn san, That was so stupid I almost hated to repeat it here.

Hannity, Limbaugh are political commentators and make no bones about it. SNL is a comedy show that claims to be fair in their barbs they put out. It wasn’t and has never been even close.

Moreover, there is no comedy show on TV that has the berries to do anything even close to “the one” that they do to Conservatives.

They are in the tank.

hawkdriver on September 28, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Calm Before the Storm,

Don’t give up the ship yet, There is no where else to go.

Egfrow on September 28, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Calm Before the Storm,

Don’t give up the ship yet, There is no where else to go.

Egfrow on September 28, 2008 at 12:38 PM

That, and remember. The country is still about 50/50 split. Just because the media doesn’t acknowledge us, it doesn’t mean we’re not here or that we’re going anywhere.

hawkdriver on September 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

SNL skits don’t bother me at all. Although, the incest joke last week was out of line. SNL had a lot of fun during Bill Clinton’s sexcapades years so political humor has always been a staple on SNL.

Conservative_SAHM on September 28, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Look, It’s not like the old days where people of America actually watch SNL anymore. The debates had the lowest ratings ever. The fact the McCain at least holding the (Biased) Polls more or less. Many are also onto the the Media Bias now. The Silent Majority has yet to speak out. They are now bitter and not because of Religion and Guns.

Egfrow on September 28, 2008 at 12:48 PM

I thought all three skits were great. Kudos to SNL. Not only are they funny, but they are helping the process by ridiculing those aspects of each campaign that are truly ridiculous.

Also, one of the nice things about being conservative is the objectivity to laugh at our own. A brief tour through left blogs (especially during the primaries) showed that their idea of ‘funny’ is directly correlated to ‘ridicules the other side’. They have no objective sense of humor.

Gaunilon on September 28, 2008 at 12:49 PM

You know how talk radio stations do a top of the hour 5 or 6 minute newscast?
I just heard one …. I think it was ABC news….. that spoke about last night’s Saturday Night Live skit, of Tina Fey doing Sarah Palin again, and they mentioned how the character had to request using a life line for the interview.

Excuse me, buy when is a Saturday Night Live skit something that is newsworthy?!?!?!?!?! I thought the bit of Darrell Hammond doing Clinton was a hell of a lot funnier, but did ABC news talk about that?!?!?!?! Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

I swear, if anyone ever says there’s no leftwing bias in the media to me, I am going to stomp them a new one.

ToddonCapeCod on September 28, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Also, one of the nice things about
Gaunilon on September 28, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Sure. I’d laugh at a joke about how Sarah Palin sounds like she’s the cop from Fargo. Once.

But I won’t laugh at the SNL skit that claims that she doesn’t know what the Bush doctrine is, when she was asking for clarification from Gibson as to what his ill defined question was.

and – I won’t laugh at the SNL skit that uses Palin’s answer “verbatim” but changes the question to make it seem that she was just pulling out things at random.

Just so we understand eachother here.

wise_man on September 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Don’t everybody pop an aneurysm over SNL. They stultified Bubba and it never hurt him. They ragged on Hillary – same result. Dollars to round pastries, few people make voting decisions based on SNL skits. Anyway, at that time of day, most SNL viewers are either (A) half asleep; (B) hoping SNL will put them to sleep; (C) drunk; (D) stoned; or (E) getting it on.
Not to worry.

whitetop on September 28, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Treacher wrote the race card joke over a week ago on his blog. Apparently the hacks at SNL figured nobody would know if they changed it from Iran to North Korea.

Find a shark and sue, Jimmy! Sue like the wind!

ScottMcC on September 28, 2008 at 12:59 PM

SNL is a comedy show that claims to be fair in their barbs they put out.

hawkdriver on September 28, 2008 at 12:37 PM

SNL isn’t required to play it down the middle. They are mostly going for laughs using authority figures as comic fodder. They’ll look to exploit the characteristic of someone that is most recognizable to the audience and can be played for a goof–so Bill Clinton is an irresponsible skirt chaser, Hillary is a shrew, and Palin is a sexy ditz.

Best for McCain’s team to give Sarah a chance to play against the caricature. Perhaps a forum where she can narrowly address energy policy, with industry figures vouching that she knows her stuff.

dedalus on September 28, 2008 at 1:00 PM

“… few people make voting decisions based on SNL skits.”

That’s one poll I’d pay to see.

Don’t kid yourself, there’s an entire voting block in this country that gets their news from MTV and Comedy Central. You can bet the same airheads tune in religiously to SNL as well.

fogw on September 28, 2008 at 1:09 PM

When Sarah performs as poorly as she did with Katie it’s pretty hard to yell and scream about media bias, or complain about liberals making fun of her.

At least Charlie helped us out by acting like a jerk.

Here’s hoping Sarah was just having an off day…

Dorvillian on September 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM

When Sarah performs as poorly as she did with Katie it’s pretty hard to yell and scream about media bias, or complain about liberals making fun of her.

At least Charlie helped us out by acting like a jerk.

Here’s hoping Sarah was just having an off day…

Dorvillian on September 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM
———
I would suggest that Couric had a snat*hy condescending look on her face throughout the whole interview. For some of Palin’s answer’s, it appeared to take all of Couric’s strength to not roll her eyes into her head.

Dave Rywall on September 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Wind Rider on September 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Props, best comment. I agree completely.

javamartini on September 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM

I don’t think palin is intimidated by the questions, I think she is intimidated by the questioners.
(“Wow! Katie Couric, herself!”)
As proof of this, do a web search on palin “Stump the candidate” to see her WANTING to get asked tough questions.

Also, see her handle a three-way debate for Gov. She has got to get over being star-struck and realize that these people are a bunch of over-priced hacks and she is far in every way a better person than any one of them.

Obama doesn’t have this problem because he suffers from a God Complex.

kurtzz3 on September 28, 2008 at 1:31 PM

top of the hour 5 or6 minute newscast…

ToddonCapeCod on Sept 28,2008 at 12:51PM.

ToddonCapeCod:I listen to talk radio quite a bit,Rush,
Hannity,CoastoCoast,on am radio,the news
break part is on the hour, at the top of the
hour!

I heard the news at 12:00PM,I didn’t hear
the SNL part,I was on a different station,
but I do know the one I heard wasn’t ABC!

However,I heard “that Palins latest interviews
were not winning over any undecided voters”!

Every top of the news hour,there is always
something negative with Republicans,its
sickening!!

canopfor on September 28, 2008 at 1:31 PM

We get it Dave…Palin does not have the spastic,unhinged
Canadian vote.

BigWyo on Sept 28,2008 at 12:15PM.

BigWyo:We get it Dave…Palin does not have the spastic,
unhinged idiot Liberal Canadian vote.

As a Canadian Conservative,fixed that for ya,eh!!
haha:)

canopfor on September 28, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Lowry’s right: If she comes off like this during the debate and late-night comics end up in a feeding frenzy, she’s going to carry that image with her not just for the rest of this campaign but into 2012.

Let Sarah be Sarah. I knew McCain would ruin her.

Valiant on September 28, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Is it me are is SNL being too easy on McPalin and too hard on Obama? How long before someone from NBC leans on the writing staff? Just before the election maybe?

RobCon on September 28, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Thanks javamartini

Wind Rider on September 28, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Shouldn’t the media be out looking for elected government officials who allowed their corporate piggy banks to fleece the nation for $700 billion? No, because the American public needs to know that the media and the elites don’t think Gov Palin is smart. Is Alaska going belly up?

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Dave Rywall on September 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Right. Because in the eyes of a Canuck, Katie Couric is smart! Well, I guess she is compared to a country of dolts who support a health care system designed to kill them when they get too old. Doesn’t it feel awesome to trust the government more than you trust yourself? Not being able to even trust yourself to make your own laws, or your own decisions about health care, to have the government act like your mommy and daddy when someone says something that may hurt someone’s feelings, (well that actually just makes you all gutless wimps.) I mean you all believed that the British Royal family of inbreds was better than you; and that they should even rule over you up until, when? So, I’m going to listen to some silly Canuck about who is smart or who should be in charge?

foxforce91 on September 28, 2008 at 2:19 PM

All three were the best SNL I have seen in years. They skewered everything that was screaming out for it.

McCain is growing desperate and it shows. “Nude Town Halls”…hilarious.
Obama’s indecisiveness “Well, maybe the blueberry.” Right on.
Palin’s verbatim “WTF!”… lot less painful to watch in the skit.

Listen, folks, the Republican ticket is in it’s own meltdown crisis, and blaming the MSM, or Katie Couric’s bias, or Satan himself, is BullShiite. Those factors may amplify the problem, but they aren’t the cause.

Palin the Unready is showing that she is indeed, unready. A month ago I was attacked as a ‘troll’ because I didn’t buy the Palin hype and questioned McCain’s invite to run with him. I wish it were otherwise, but those initial misgivings are being ratified in spades. I still don’t see any reasons to jump on board.

trailboss on September 28, 2008 at 2:36 PM

That, and remember. The country is still about 50/50 split. – hawkdriver on September 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Correction: more like 40/40, with the Idjit vote (you know, the folks who get their news from Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert) being the deciding factor.

ManlyRash on September 28, 2008 at 2:37 PM

trailboss on September 28, 2008 at 2:36 PM

If so, then Obama will be your next prez. Enjoy!

ManlyRash on September 28, 2008 at 2:39 PM

Dave Rywall on September 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

I would suggest that Couric had a snat*hy condescending look on her face throughout the whole interview. For some of Palin’s answer’s, it appeared to take all of Couric’s strength to not roll her eyes into her head.

I am a McCain/Palin supporter, and it took all of MY strength to no roll my eyes into my head at some of Palin’s answer.

DaveS on September 28, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Dave Rywall on September 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Drywall? You’re Canadian? Hilarious and ironic. When my child asks why that man is wearing a dress, I tell him the “man” is Canadian. Now I understand the whole wimpy-PMS thing you try to project.

AubieJon on September 28, 2008 at 2:58 PM

You know as our economy melts, it’s gonna take a lot of Canada with it. Canadians can hope their energy exports can keep them propped up for a while.

To Canada: Enjoy an Obama administration with Pelosi/Reid.

Sapwolf on September 28, 2008 at 3:01 PM

No surprise that SNL does a caricature of Sarah Palin. And yes, it is a caricature. The SNL Palin is a goofy airhead; the real interview was nothing worse than stumbling over an answer to a very vague question, and being caught flatfooted when Couric repeatedly demanded specific examples of McCain regulating businesses in his 26-year career.

The problem for the left is that they construct a caricature, and then believe it. And so we have President Bush being portrayed as a moron, but somehow outmaneuvering all the one patting themselves on the back for being so much smarter.

The left believes all conservatives are either stupid or evil. In Bush’s, case, they believe he is both stupid and evil. So far, it appears they’ve decided to go with “stupid” for Sarah Palin. If they’re unable to destroy her, they’ll probably add “evil” as well.

The debate clip was much better, although strangely all the humor was at McCain’s expense. They obviously thought him “suspending his campaign” to deal with the bailout bill was a gimmick, but they really overplayed it. Big surprise.

It is still amazing how they ignored the comedy gold of Obama’s “Me too! I have a bracelet too!” moment. I guess these comedians consider some things more important than comedy.

theregoestheneighborhood on September 28, 2008 at 3:18 PM

I am a proud in-the-tank Paliniac and I couldn’t stop laughing at Tina Fey’s impression which is actually more of a dead-on impersonation.

She’s great at doing Sarah and the script was excellent.

FREE SARAH!!! (Let Sarah do Tina)

platypus on September 28, 2008 at 3:29 PM

When Sarah performs as poorly as she did with Katie it’s pretty hard to yell and scream about media bias, or complain about liberals making fun of her.

At least Charlie helped us out by acting like a jerk.

Here’s hoping Sarah was just having an off day…

Dorvillian on September 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but I think Biden’s FDR gaffe with Couric was worse than Palin not being able to rattle off McCain’s years of senate accomplishments – but the narrative is, of course, that Palin is a moron and the country would be in great hands with the experienced Joe Biden.

Couric didn’t call Biden on his mistake, either because she was too stupid to realize it was a mistake, or she figured no one in the MSM would give it any play…and guess what.

Yes, I’m still going to complain about media bias. If Palin had said FDR got on TV when the stockmarket crashed, we would never hear the end of it. Never. It would have been a “potato” moment for her, which is what Couric and Gibson both wanted. For Biden, it’s “just Joe being Joe – ain’t he great“??

Do I wish she knew how to BS answer questions like Obama? Yes. But there is nothing approaching a level playing field out there. Not even close.

capitalist piglet on September 28, 2008 at 3:37 PM

AP writes: Lowry’s right: If she comes off like this during the debate and late-night comics end up in a feeding frenzy, she’s going to carry that image with her not just for the rest of this campaign but into 2012.

IF this is true and the fate of Palin is in the hands of Letterman and SNL then we should throw in the towel now. They are going to try to brand her as a mental lightweight no matter what. She is rural and “unknown.” That’s all they need to keep up this attack. WAY too much credit is being given to late-night comics.

twoarmman on September 28, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Is it me are is SNL being too easy on McPalin and too hard on Obama? How long before someone from NBC leans on the writing staff? Just before the election maybe?

RobCon on September 28, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Good insight, RobCon!

[Sarasm-humn=on]SNL, and the PaleoMedia, (Liberal-Leftist-Democrat leaning, biased Main Stream Media Elitists) are too soft on McCain and Palin, and they are MUCH to HARD on Barrack Obama and Joseph Biden!

I really HATED watching the media tying to set up “gottcha” moments when “interviewing” Barrack Obama and Joseph Biden.

I particularly hated how they SKEWERED Obama for his “Insightful” answer to the Pastor Rick Warren Question, “When does a baby ‘s rights begin, in your view ? … ” with the answer, “… that’s beyond my pay grade … ”

Of course it is, senator. As president you will, possibly, be asked to approve and sign, or veto bills related to abortion and the rights of new human beings, or you might have the task of putting forth candidates to serve on the Federal Court, including the Supreme Court, so your point of view on abortion and when a human being, when a baby has rights, is of no concern to you and the US voting public.

I also HATE how the mainstream news media berate Obama on his stance on international diplomacy, and his wonderful beliefs on taxes, class envy, and so forth.

Joe Biden’s wonderful statements about Indians (from India), blacks, and others, and his wealth of information regarding Franklin Delano Roosevelt getting on television in 1929 to calm the public regarding the stock market crash were also distorted by the media. I hate how the media skewered Biden for his “gaffes”!

Truly, Obama and Biden are ALWAYS treated unfairly and grilled, falsely accused, and so forth, as they are targets of fabrications, hatred, and “gottcha’” set ups by the media, while McCain and Palin are always treated with love, respect, kid gloves, and cover-ups by the mainstream (Liberal) media.

Yes, the media is TOO HARD on the wonderful, extremely experienced Barrack Obama, and Joseph Biden, both perfect in any way, with no negativity in their history, their actions, or their words, and much too easy on those idiots, those two mean, nasty, stupid people with no experience, John McCain and Sarah Palin.

[/sarcasm-humor off]

William2006 on September 28, 2008 at 3:45 PM

SNL is not obligated to be fair or give equal time to mock each side. They have their liberal agenda and they have always pushed it; big surprise. Most comedy on television (hell most television period) is liberal. Did no one notice this?

Just like talk radio has more successful conservative voices on it, television comedy seems to be dominated by liberals. Most recent attempts by libs to do talk radio gets AT BEST low ratings. And when conservatives try to do television comedy, man, do we stink.

I’m not saying we should quit trying, I’m just stating the current situation.

Do not be shocked when Letterman, SNL, 30Rock and all the rest spout the Liberal line. At best, just take what little funny there is to find and shrug off the rest. We look whiney when we holler about unfairness.

Texan on September 28, 2008 at 3:51 PM

William2006 on September 28, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Nailed it.

capitalist piglet on September 28, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Do not be shocked when Letterman, SNL, 30Rock and all the rest spout the Liberal line. At best, just take what little funny there is to find and shrug off the rest. We look whiney when we holler about unfairness.

Texan on September 28, 2008 at 3:51 PM

When it comes to SNL, I agree with you – in fact, I think it would be great for Palin to come out and stand behind Tina Fey while this is going on. It would diffuse it considerably, in my opinion – I’m one who thinks it would be fine for her to appear on the show, even beneficial.

As for the serious media, I’d welcome anyone’s suggestion on how we should deal with that. “Go around them” is great, but HOW?

capitalist piglet on September 28, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Here is a good article on the job of the Alaskan Governor just in case you have your doubts about Palin’s ability.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/04/us/politics/04alaska.html?_r=1&em&oref=slogin

Jamson64 on September 28, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Sure. I’d laugh at a joke about how Sarah Palin sounds like she’s the cop from Fargo. Once.

But I won’t laugh at the SNL skit that claims that she doesn’t know what the Bush doctrine is, when she was asking for clarification from Gibson as to what his ill defined question was.

and – I won’t laugh at the SNL skit that uses Palin’s answer “verbatim” but changes the question to make it seem that she was just pulling out things at random.

Just so we understand eachother here.

wise_man on September 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM

I take it you’re not exactly the “life of the party” type.

crr6 on September 28, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Yes, I’m still going to complain about media bias. If Palin had said FDR got on TV when the stockmarket crashed, we would never hear the end of it. Never. It would have been a “potato” moment for her, which is what Couric and Gibson both wanted. For Biden, it’s “just Joe being Joe – ain’t he great“??

+1

Biden gets a pass, pure and simple. He would be such an easy caricature on SNL with his history of hairplugs, his style of speaking and his ability to have multiple gaffes within the same sentence.

SAZMD on September 28, 2008 at 4:02 PM

The only thing more surprising than the “bribes and extortion” joke was the light smattering of applause. Racists!!

And yes, ScottMcC, I’m surprised to learn I have a reader on the SNL writing staff…

Jim Treacher on September 28, 2008 at 4:24 PM

I take it you’re not exactly the “life of the party” type.

You sure are, shug.

Jim Treacher on September 28, 2008 at 4:25 PM

Is it just me or is the resemblance of Fey and Palin greatly exaggerated? I don’t see it.

I used to think Fey was attractive. But when she’s made up as Palin, she falls so far short that I’m embarrassed for her. That and the way Fey’s gone back on her “Bitch is the new black” rant from earlier this year.

Jim Treacher on September 28, 2008 at 4:31 PM

Is it just me or is the resemblance of Fey and Palin greatly exaggerated? I don’t see it.

I used to think Fey was attractive. But when she’s made up as Palin, she falls so far short that I’m embarrassed for her. That and the way she’s gone back on her “B**** is the new black” rant from earlier this year.

Jim Treacher on September 28, 2008 at 4:31 PM

Well, I guess she is compared to a country of dolts who support a health care system designed to kill them when they get too old.

I strongly approve of less Canadians. Who doesn’t?

jaleach on September 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

I like Fey, but not when she’s presuming to be worthy of telling me what I should think about political issues. Be funny, or be quiet.

DaveS on September 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Palin falls far short of BIDEN

http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NTdmZjg1ZmQzZTFlNWIyZWE2OTJlZjllMmJmMGFmMWI=

Jamson64 on September 28, 2008 at 4:55 PM

I think in some ways Palin is in a favorable position for the next debate due to the expectation game. Right now, the bar is set so low that if she comes across as coherent and somewhat folksy she could win. Plus there’s always a chance that the gafemaster could do something tremendously stupid.

Ric on September 28, 2008 at 5:16 PM

They give Joe a lot of breaks because he is of little or no consequence to the campaign.

miron on September 28, 2008 at 5:34 PM

CNBC had an exclusive interview, and without the invective of Katie Couric and Chuckie Gibson, she did very well (three-four posts for entire transcript):

CNBC Exclusive Interview: CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo Speaks One-on-One with Vice Presidential Candidate and Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin (Transcript Included)
Topics:Closing Bell

WHEN: Friday, August 29th at 4:30PM ET
WHERE: CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo”

Following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC EXCLUSIVE interview with Vice Presidential Candidate and Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin on CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo.” During the interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, Palin discusses ANWR, drilling, oil and jobs and energy independence, among other topics.

The full interview will air this weekend on CNBC’s “The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo.” Video of the interview is also available at CNBC.com.

All references must be sourced to CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo.”

BARTIROMO: WELCOME BACK TO A SPECIAL EDITION OF “THE CLOSING BELL.” SARAH PALIN KEPT A LOW PROFILE WHILE GOVERNOR OF ALASKA, AND FEW IF ANY PLACED HER AT THE TOPOF THE LIST OF POTENTIAL RUNNINGMATES FOR SENATOR JOHN McCAIN. ALL THAT CHANGED TODAY.

THIS WEEK I TRAVELED TO ALASKA AND I INTERVIEWED SARAH PALIN IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW FOR CNBC. NOT ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE ONLY BUT HER STATE’S ROLE IN THE COUNTRY’S ENERGY DEBATE. AND I ASKED HER IF JOHN McCAIN CONTACTED HER.

PALIN: ECONOMICALLY SPEAKING, THOUGH, IT’S ABOUT 20% OF THE U.S. DOMESTIC SUPPLY IS — OF ENERGY IS PRODUCED UP ON THE NORTH SLOPE. SO VERY, VERY SIGNIFICANT ECONOMICALLY.PHYSICALLY, THANKFULLY, TINY LITTLE FOOTPRINT.

BARTIROMO: SO YOU’RE SAYING IT’S A TINY LITTLE FOOTPRINT, ACTUALLY THE OPERATIONS IN PRUDO BAY, BUT PEOPLE THINK OF IT AS SO EXPANSIVE AND SO MASSIVE THAT IT’S GOING TO HAVE A MATERIAL EFFECT IF IN FACT WE WERE TO SEEDRILLING THERE ON THE WILDLIFE AND ON THE COMMUNITY.

PALIN: WELL, ANWR AT THAT POINT IT’S ABOUT 2,000 ACRES THAT IS BEING ASKED TO BE LOOKED AT AND TO BE EXPLORED AND TO BE PRODUCED. 2,000 ACRES OUT OF 20 MILLION ACRES. THAT FOOTPRINT, IT’S ABOUT THE SIZE OF L.A.X. OR ONE OF THE LARGER AIRPORTS ACROSS THE NATION. AND THAT SHOULD ALLOW SOME PERSPECTIVE THERE ALSO. BUT YOU KNOW, NO ONE, I THINK, BUT ALASKANS CARE MORE ABOUT OUR WILDLIFE, ABOUT OUR CLEAN WATER, OUR CLEAN AIR, THE PRISTINE ENVIRONMENT THAT WE ARE BLESSED TO LIVE IN AND GET TO BREATHE IN EVERY SINGLE DAY. NO ONE BUT ALASKANS WILL CARE MORE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE PRESERVING THAT PRISTINE ENVIRONMENT THAT IS ANWR, THE COASTAL PLAIN, PRUTO BAY, ALASKA AS A WHOLE. AND WHEN YOU ASK ALASKANS DO YOU AGREE TO ALLOW DRILLING TO TAKE PLACE ON THE NORTH SLOPE, SPECIFICALLY HERE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ANWR, DO YOU WANT TO SEE THAT HAPPEN? AND WITH ALASKANS’ LOVE AND CARE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR LANDS AND OUR WILDLIFE, ALASKANSARE SAYING YES BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT IT CAN BE DONE SAFELY, PRUDENTLY, AND IT HAD BETTER BE DONE ETHICALLY ALSO.YES, WE WANT TO SEE THAT DRILLING. SO HOPEFULLY THE REST OF AMERICA CAN UNDERSTAND THAT ALSO. YOU GO DOOR TO DOOR AND ASK ALASKANS IF WE ARE READY AND WILLING TO PRODUCE MORE AND CONTRIBUTE MORE TO THE U.S. AND THEY’RE GOING TO TELL YOU YES

eaglewingz08 on September 28, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Second part of transcript:

BARTIROMO: PRESIDENT BUSH TRIED THIS A NUMBER OF TIMES UNDER HIS WATCH. WHY IS IT WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TOGET THIS DONE?

PALIN: I THINK THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF MISCONCEPTIONS AND MISPERCEPTIONS ABOUT WHAT ANWR IS ALL ABOUT AND UP ON THE NORTH SLOPE WHAT THE ENVIRONMENT ACTUALLY IS UP THERE. YOU SEE PICTURES, YOU SEE VISUALS FROM THE NAYSAYERS, THE CRITICS OF THE IDEA OF OPENING ANWR, AND THE PICTURES THAT THEY’RE SHOWING ARE MOUNTAINS AND — POLAR BEARS.

BARTIROMO: POLAR BEARS.

PALIN: LOTS OF DIFFERENT WILDLIFE. THEY’LL SHOW MOOSE IN A STREAM WITH MOUNTAINS IN THE BACKGROUND.THAT’S NOT ANWR. AND AS YOUR PEOPLE GO UP THERE ALSO AND ACTUALLY GET TO SEE FORTHEMSELVES — AND WE’VE HAD A LOT OF CONGRESSMEN AND CONGRESSWOMEN COME UP HERE THIS SUMMER EVEN TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES WHAT ACTUALLY IS ANWR, WHAT WOULD BE TOUCHED HERE IN TERMS OF LANDS AND WILDLIFE, THEN THEY SEE THAT THOSE VISUALSTHAT HAVE BEEN SHOWED AMERICA FOR ALL THESE YEARS ARE INACCURATE.THOSE ARE NOT THE PICTURES OF ANWR. THERE AREN’T MOUNTAINS UP THERE,FOR INSTANCE.SO I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF MISPERCEPTION OUT THERE ABOUT WHAT THE PLAIN ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE.AND THE VISUALS ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO AMERICANS. I DO THINK, THOUGH, THAT AMERICANS ARE RECOGNIZING MORE AND MORE IT’S EVIDENCED IN THE PRESSURE THEY’RE PUTTING ON CONGRESS AT THIS POINT, THE CONSTITUENTS PUTTING ON CONGRESS, MORE AND MORE AMERICANS ARE RECOGNIZING IT IS TIME TO RAMP UP AMERICAN SUPPLY OF ENERGY, ESPECIALLY WE’RE A NATION AT WAR, A LOT OF THE ISSUES THAT ARE SO ADVERSELY AFFECTING AMERICA ARE BASED ON ENERGY SUPPLIES AS WE’RE RELYINGON FOREIGN SOURCES OF ENERGY TO FEED OUR HUNGRY MARKETS, MORE AND MORE AMERICANS ARE RECOGNIZING YOUR SISTER STATE UP IN THE ARCTIC, ALASKA HAS THESE SUPPLIES. WE HAVE TRILLIONS OF CUBIC FEET OF CLEAN NATURAL GAS. WE HAVE BILLIONS OF BARRELS OF OIL STILL SITTING UNDERGROUND, IN A SENSE BEING WAREHOUSED.IT’S TIME TO UNLOCK THESE RESERVES AND ALLOW COMPETITORS TO COME IN AND COMPETE FOR THE RIGHT TO TAP THOSE RESOURCES AND START FLOWING THAT ENERGY INTO THE DOMESTIC MARKETS THAT ARE SOHUNGRY SO THAT WE CAN BECOME LESS RELIANT ON FOREIGN SOURCES OF ENERGY. AS MORE AMERICANS RECOGNIZE THAT, MORE AMERICANS, IBELIEVE,ARE CHOOSING TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES ON WHAT ANWAR IS REALLY ALL ABOUT.

BARIROMO: FOR SURE.AND I GUESS THIS YEAR THERE WAS A PRICE AND ONCE THERE WAS A PRICE THAT WAS ACTUALLY REACHED IT WAS — PEOPLE GOT IT.

PALIN: YEAH. I BELIEVE SO TOO.

BARTIROMO: LET ME GET YOUR THOUGHTS ON REALLY THE CONSEQUENCES.WHAT THEN ARE THE MAJOR CONSEQUENCES OF DRILLING IN ANWR? I WAS READING A PIECE EARLIER THAT SAID, LOOK, IT WILL IMPACT THE BREEDING OF CARIBOU, THE BREEDING OF POLAR BEARS.GIVE ME YOUR SENSE.WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES?

PALIN: WELL, LET’S LOOK AT LESSONS LEARNED OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS WHEN THE TRANSALASKA OIL PIPELINE WAS FINALLY ALLOWED TO BE BUILT AND THERE WERE THE THREATS THEN AND THE FEARS THAT THE CARIBOU HERDS WOULD DIMINISHAND DIE OFF. NO, THE CARIBOU HERDS ARE ACTUALLY THRIVING. THEY’RE FLOURISHING. THERE HAVE NOT BEEN THE ADVERSE IMPACTS ON THE CARIBOU HERDS.SO WE ANTICIPATE THE SAME THING AS WE TAP MORE ENERGY SUPPLIES UP ON THE NORTH SLOPE IN ANWR AND AS WE BUILD A NATURAL GAS PIPELINE ALSO THAT’S UNDER WAY AT THIS POINT. WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE NAYSAYERS, THE FEAR MONGERS, 30 YEARS AGO BEFORE THE TRANSALASKA OIL PIPELINE WAS BUILT — AND REMEMBER, THAT PIPELINE HAS SUPPLIED 15 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL INTO OUR DOMESTIC SUPPLIES HERE IN AMERICA. AND BY THE WAY, BIDEN, JOE BIDEN WAS ONE WHO VOTED AGAINST THAT TRANSALASKA OIL PIPELINE 30 YEARS AGO. HE WAS FEARFUL OF ALLOWING RAMPED UP DOMESTIC SUPPLIES OF FOREIGN ENERGY EVEN THEN. SO OF COURSE I FEAR THAT IF HE’S OF THE SAME MIND TODAY WE’RE IN A WORLD OF HURT THERE. NO. THE ENVIRONMENT WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROTECTED. OUR WILDLIFE WILL CONTINUE TO THRIVE AND TO PROSPER UP THERE. AND WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE STRINGENT AND SAFE OVERSIGHT THAT IS NECESSARY AND THAT WILL ALLOW THE POPULATION OF THIS WILDLIFE AND THE PRISTINENESS OF THE AREA TO CONTINUE.

eaglewingz08 on September 28, 2008 at 5:51 PM

The Clinton one was somewhat funny. Honestly,, not much to laugh at here. If it wasn’t for the applause sign or laugh track thye might be projecting into it,, all you would hear would be crickets. And I say that not because they are mocking Palin and McCain. I did think the original Palin/Hillary SNL clip was really funny. But like most of SNL stuff anymore,, there is nothing there at all.
I grew up with SNL. Certainly younger then,, but it sure seemed like real comedy back in those days. With the coneheads, Mr Rogers Neighborhood,,John Belushi and Dan A,, all those real comedians,,, I think they put comedy at the top. I can remember them making fun of President Carter all the time, for example. Today,, they’re just another arm of the Dems.

JellyToast on September 28, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Palin CNBC interview Part 3:

(Sorry it’s all caps in the transcript):

PALIN: HERE IN ALASKA OIL PRODUCTION IS SO SIGNIFICANT. ABOUT 85% TO 90% OF OUR ENTIRE STATE BUDGET IS BASED ON THAT BARREL OF OIL AND THE PRICE THAT IT DRIVES, AND OUR STATE REVENUE IS, AGAIN, SO RELIANT ON THE PRICE OF A BARREL OF OIL.FOR SUCH A GREAT PART ALSO ALASKAN JOBS ARE CONTINGENT UPON VERY AGGRESSIVE PRODUCTION OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS UP HERE IN ALASKA.SO —

BARTIROMO: AND PROBABLY THE LOWER 48 STATES.IT’S A RIPPLE EFFECT.

PALIN: ABSOLUTELY.AND ALSO THE RIPPLE EFFECT, MAY AS WELL TALK ABOUT THIS ALSO, ISOUR BELIEF TOO THAT AS MORE DOMESTIC SUPPLIES OF ALASKAN ENERGY FLOW INTO THE HUNGRY MARKETS, NATURALLY WE BELIEVE THE PRICE OF ENERGY WILL DIMINISH ALSO.IT WILL DECREASE, AND THAT WILL BE GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE.BUT VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO THE ENTIRE U.S. ECONOMY.SPECIFICALLY HERE IN ALASKA, THOUGH.MY GOODNESS.IT IS WHAT DRIVES OUR ECONOMY.

BARTIROMO: SO HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRIES?BUSINESSES TO ALASKANS.

PALIN: VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.CONOCO PHILLIPS, EXXON, BP, YOU KNOW, WE BUTT HEADS QUITE A BIT WHEN IT COMES TO THE SOVEREIGNTY HERE OF OUR STATE.ALASKA IS SET UP UNLIKE ANY OTHER STATE IN THE NATION WHERE OUR STATEHOOD COMPACT ACT AND OUR STATE CONSTANT TOOUGS LAYS OUT FOR US WHO OWNS THE RESOURCES AND UNLIKE OTHER STATES IT’S ALASKANS, THE RESIDENCE WHO LIVE HERE WHO OWN THE RESOURCES UNDERGROUND.SO AS THEY’RE TAPPED, AS THEY’REPRODUCED, ALASKANS SHARE IN THE WEALTH THAT’S DERIVED FROM THE PRODUCTION OF THESE RESOURCES. SO THE OIL INDUSTRY, THEY’RE OURPARTNERS HERE. THEY HAVE THE LEASE IS THE RIGHT TO DEVELOP THE RESOURCES BUT ALASKANS OWN THE RESOURCES. SO THAT NATURALLY CREATES SOME TENSION IN WHO OWNS WHAT AND WHO CAN CONTROL WHAT. BUT OUR POSITION OF STRENGTH IN MY ADMINISTRATION WE KNOW IS OUR STATE CONSTITUTION THAT, AGAIN, LAYS OUT FOR US WHO ACTUALLY OWNS THE RESOURCES.THAT’S THE ALASKAN RESIDENTS. AND I WILL DO ALL THAT I CAN TO PROTECT THE ALASKAN RESIDENTS AS WE DEVELOP. BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE RECOGNIZE THAT THE BIG OIL INDUSTRY THAT IS HERE, THEY DO HAVE THE RIGHTS AND HAVE HAD THE RIGHT FOR MANY YEARS NOW TO DEVELOP THOSE RESOURCES FOR US AND WITH US.

BARTIROMO: HOW WILL YOU DO THAT? HOW WILL YOU PROTECT ALASKANS’ HOMES, THEIR ENVIRONMENT? WHAT ARE YOU THINKING AS WE APPROACH THIS DEBATE WHERE ON THE ONE SIDE PEOPLE SAY DRILL, DRILL, DRILL, ON THE OTHER SIDE PEOPLE ARE SAYING LOOK, WE NEED TO KEEP THIS AREA PRISTINE?

PALIN: We need to drill, drill, drill.Otherwise I cannot believe a domestic solution is any part of a national energy policy if they’re not going to let Alaskans drill on our own lands and on Federal lands within our own state.

AND IF A DOMESTIC SOLUTION ISN’T PART OF A NATIONAL ENERGY PLAN, THEN OUR NATION IS IN A WORLD OF HURT, WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE RELIANT ON FOREIGN DANGEROUS REGIMES TO FEED OUR HUNGRY MARKETS. I FIND IT IRONIC AND I FIND IT NONSENSICAL THAT HERE WE SENT SECRETARY BODMAN, WE EVEN SEND OUR OWN PRESIDENT OVERSEAS TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE SAUDIS TO ASK THE SAUDIS RAMP UP OIL PRODUCTION FOR US IN AMERICA WHEN, AGAIN, ABSOLUTE NONSENSE BECAUSE ALASKA HAS THOSE RESOURCES ALREADY AND WE SHOULD BE TAPPING THESE AMERICAN SUPPLIES BEFORE WE GO TO THE SAUDIS AND ASK THEM TO DO SO. SO VERY SIGNIFICANT HERE WHAT IS GOING ON. AND I THINK OUR NATION IS AT A CROSS-ROADS ALSO. WE’D EITHER BETTER BE MAKING DECISIONS TO ALLOW THIS AMERICAN SUPPLY OF ENERGY TO BE TAPPED ORWE’RE GOING TO BECOME MORE AND MORE BEHOLDEN TO THESE FOREIGN REGIMES.

AND AGAIN, OUR NATION’S GOING TO BE IN A WORLD OF HURT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT EVER REACHING POTENTIAL TOWARD ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, IF WE CANNOT IMPLEMENT A DOMESTIC SOLUTION FOR THIS NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY.AND WE HAVE LACKED A NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY ALSO.WE HAVE NOT HAD A PLAN. ALASKA SHOULD BE A LEADER IN THIS PLAN BECAUSE WE HAVE THE CONVENTIONAL, THE NON-RENEWABLE SUPPLIES, THE PETROLEUM. WE HAVE THEM UP HERE. AGAIN, THE HUNDREDS OF TRILLIONS OF CUBIC FEET OF CLEAN NATURAL GAS, THE BUILDINGS OF BARRELS OF OIL.

WE ALSO HAVE THE RENEWABLES ALSO.WE HAVE THE LARGEST TIDES ON THE CONTINENT, WE HAVE THE GEOTHERMAL, WE HAVE THE WINDS.WE HAVE ALL THESE ALTERNATIVE RENEWABLE SOURCE THAT’S ALSO CAN BE TAPPED INTO AS WE WORK COLLECTIVELY AND COMPREHENSIVELYON AN ENERGY PLAN.

eaglewingz08 on September 28, 2008 at 5:56 PM

Allah Pundit is a putz.

Calm Before the Storm on September 28, 2008 at 6:02 PM

More evidence of the “tolerance” of free speech from the “intellectual left” in NYC.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on September 28, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Good video. I hope a few Indies watched it and understand they are only slightly less repulsive to liberals than we Conservatives and are “next” of course.

Liberals only want “one” thing their way. And that of course is “everything” their way.

hawkdriver on September 28, 2008 at 6:21 PM

Right. Because in the eyes of a Canuck, Katie Couric is smart! Well, I guess she is compared to a country of dolts who support a health care system designed to kill them when they get too old. Doesn’t it feel awesome to trust the government more than you trust yourself? Not being able to even trust yourself to make your own laws, or your own decisions about health care, to have the government act like your mommy and daddy when someone says something that may hurt someone’s feelings, (well that actually just makes you all gutless wimps.) I mean you all believed that the British Royal family of inbreds was better than you; and that they should even rule over you up until, when? So, I’m going to listen to some silly Canuck about who is smart or who should be in charge?

foxforce91 on September 28, 2008 at 2:19 PM
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Dear Captain Idiot:

I know you’re really proud of your little rant, but I was complaining about Couric’s behaviour in the interview, not praising it.

Why don’t you come back when you can read.

Bye bye now.

Dave Rywall on September 28, 2008 at 6:24 PM

Dear Captain Idiot:

I know you’re really proud of your little rant, but I was complaining about Couric’s behaviour in the interview, not praising it.

Why don’t you come back when you can read.

Bye bye now.

Dave Rywall on September 28, 2008 at 6:24 PM

One would assume you’re proud of all of your little rants too. You normally are pretty easy to read as liberal-minded. Your comment about Couric would leave one to wonder whether you thought you were praising her for not rolling her eye. Certainly not worth you calling someone Captain Idiot. Maybe you should learn to write.

hawkdriver on September 28, 2008 at 6:40 PM

There was none. I actually met him in person when he visited El Salvador as the VP. He was and is an intelligent and articulate man. We let the media make us embarrassed over the potato gaff and the Chritian beliefs of his family. He became a caricature and we helped by our inability to support our own. The problem with Quayle will be the same problem with Palin if we don’t collectively get our conservative heads out of our butts and support her.

Every person put in front of the media will have a bad day. And as absurd as some of the gaffs Obama made in the debate and Biden makes in general (every freaking day), I defy you to find a blogroll where anyone of their supporters are voicing any concern. They beat us hands down by standing behind their candidates regardless.

Tickturds compared to losing!

hawkdriver on September 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Finally somebody who realizes that we help these idiots on the left when we turn on our own. Before they were just bashing Palin, but now thanks to Kathleen Parker and the like they can now say . . . “see, see, conservatives agree with us Palin is dumb.” So all you Palin haters on the right, do us all a favor and SHUT UP, unless you want to be celebrating an Obama presidency come Nov. 5th.

Govgirl on September 28, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Govgirl on September 28, 2008 at 7:05 PM

The minute I finished reading Kathleen Parker’s article I emailed her. I have been tearing into anyone and everyone who says she is out of her league. Why would she want to be included in this league? All of these so called elitists that Ms. Parker is so enamored with are the ones that got is to this fine financial mess. So what have their Ivy League colleges and years of “experience” done for us lately. ZERO!

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Here, here. I did not even read all of Parker’s article, skimmed the first paragraph and quit, it was not worth my time. Palin has seemed weak because they are not letting her be herself. If I were Palin I would go in to the debate on Thursday and say handlers be hanged, I am doing this MY WAY! And see what happens. I am betting on a grand slam!

Govgirl on September 28, 2008 at 7:25 PM

I agree, she is the kind of smart that everyone can relate to. Well unless you’re a N.Y. RINO. They are too dumb to realize that the fact that she isn’t them is her appeal.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2008 at 7:28 PM

Govgirl on September 28, 2008 at 7:25 PM

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2008 at 7:28 PM

Dittos

McCain/Palin 08

hawkdriver on September 28, 2008 at 7:54 PM

I actually hope My GOV. does go on SNL. Cause I want her to smack the shiite out of Fey! Oh I could think of other things…. but right now that would be the best.

upinak on September 28, 2008 at 8:29 PM

upinak on September 28, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Although hardly even handed, the way I see the skits is that they were Hillary Clinton supports. Not quite mad enough to vote for John McCain but still a little miffed at the treatment of their candidate. I thought the Clinton skit was spot on. He has been practicing more diplomacy “supporting” Sen. Obama then he did the entire 8 years of his presidency.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2008 at 8:46 PM

All of these so called elitists that Ms. Parker is so enamored with are the ones that got is to this fine financial mess. So what have their Ivy League colleges and years of “experience” done for us lately. ZERO!

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Is the idea that someone without experience would be better able to communicate a strategy for regulating financial markets or for setting priorities when the Pentagon and military leaders aren’t on the same page?

dedalus on September 28, 2008 at 9:10 PM

dedalus on September 28, 2008 at 9:10 PM

No, it means that very few go to Washington with experience in those things but they learn. Just like she learned to be a mayor and she learned to be a governor. Experience doesn’t equal stupid and a fresh view from an outside source wouldn’t hurt that hell hole either. And I don’t know about you but character, integrity, hard work and a love of country trump experience every time.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2008 at 9:52 PM

You know what always surprises me? If Obama was judged to any degree the way Palin is being judged and she’s our number two…he would be toast! Have none of the naysayers and hysterical people on this site seen his videos???…he can’t speak…have you not read how he got to be president of the Harvard Law Review? Who he lived with at Columbia? Who he defended for the hot minute he was practicing law? Instead of producing his birth certificate and ending the debate of whether he was or wasn’t born here in the USA… he tried to get it dismissed yet again with a technicality…even if he was born here this tactic make him look suspect so it’s dumb…

How do you think he would have done with Gibson or Couric had they done real interviews pushing him on his assocaitions with Rezko, Ayers, Wright, the Saudi guys who paid his tuition at Harvard and the Syrian guy who facilitated that for him? ACORN is smack in the middle of this bailout and he’s their guy! Have any MSM interviewers asked him why he travelled to Pakistan and with an Indonesian passport? And there is so much more!

I bet you anything his people wish that all they had to keep hiding from the voters was an exhausted candidate who has been treated like crap since the day she was announced. One who is probably worried about what she has wrought on her family…one who probably wishes she had said “no thanks” but has too much decency and strenght of character to back out and hurt McCain… I will absolutely stay strong in my defence and support of her because I want to have that same decency and strenght of character! Do you see it in many other politicians?

Don’t forget she has actually accomplished some things unlike Obambi…People know! I predict that Obama loses…Americans for the most part are not idiots!

CCRWM on September 28, 2008 at 9:53 PM

The disparity in the standards for the two parties is maddening. I will keep my argument equal that experience is not the be all to end all but Gov. Palin surely has more. And he has none of the other traits that I require in a candidate. NONE!

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2008 at 10:08 PM

And Biden is a gaffe or two a day! Sarah Palin hasn’t f’d up to any degree close to what he has…she hasn’t plagarized anything, doesn’t charge the tapayer $300 a day to commute to and from work…isn’t arrogant or so insecure she has ever told someone she has a higher IQ…an on and on and on…

So the MSM knowing who and what she is starts it meme that she was a mistake …the MSM who is us conservative’s enemy..and some of you make it easy for them to manipullate you bu having doubts about her? C’mon grow a pair already!

For 8 years the MSM and Liberal Hollywood have told us Bush is an idiot…God help them if for the next 16 years they start with the Palin is an idiot… air head… whatever else that Fey and her leftist ilk are starting up with!

Like McCain said stand up and fight…fight for what is good and right for this country….fight!

CCRWM on September 28, 2008 at 10:13 PM

because they were so obviously fabrications.

Well, I’ve read plenty of comments RE: McCain that were in line with the ‘fabrications’ during my time here, ‘party traitor’, ‘self-centered’ and ‘RINO’ being obvious examples

All that being said I actually thought they did a good job in all 3 videos; perhaps I didn’t mind the Palin one so much since there are so many acting so damn precious about her. It’s kinda sad; but here’s hoping she does well in the debate. I think most of us knew she was a gamble, and we should know very soon whether that gamble really did pay off… or not.

Reaps on September 28, 2008 at 10:40 PM

And to be fair (and balanced!), Couric’s character didn’t come off nearly as smarmy or ‘I-used-to-be-a-morning-show-host-who-now-wants-to-be-a-journalist’ enough

Reaps on September 28, 2008 at 10:41 PM

Reaps on September 28, 2008 at 10:40 PM

It’s only a gamble if you decided it was. Again, why even wait for the MSM to beat us up when we do such a good job of it ourselves.

hawkdriver on September 28, 2008 at 10:48 PM

One other thing I noticed,, wondering if anyone else has,, When Jim L. asked the candidates how they are going to “rule” over everyone,, or something like that.
McCain should have corrected him and said, in free societies, we don’t have dictators. Presidenst serve. Dictators rule.

JellyToast on September 28, 2008 at 10:56 PM

Experience doesn’t equal stupid and a fresh view from an outside source wouldn’t hurt that hell hole either. And I don’t know about you but character, integrity, hard work and a love of country trump experience every time.

Cindy Munford on September 28, 2008 at 9:52 PM

Maybe they will, though with a military leader, lawyer, doctor or CEO experience and knowledge are helpful before assuming a top job. Being from outside the beltway can be a plus but she needs to communicate better how her experience translates into effective decision making as Commander in Chief.

dedalus on September 28, 2008 at 10:56 PM

Palin just needs to be herself. She’s a wonderful human being and Biden is a jerk. I hope this comes out in the “debate.”

Mojave Mark on September 29, 2008 at 1:07 AM

I know nobody will read this given the late hour, but once again, this stupid f’ing moronic double standard makes me sick.

Obama f’ing gets away with having no new f’ing ideas what so freaking ever, and saying “uhh” every two seconds. And Biden thinks that FDR was in the White House in 1929 and went on television. And thinks he has the ability to make handicapped people walk.

And THESE are the guys who are beating us?

No question, Palin needs to do better, but I really, really, REALLY hate this double standard.

Hawkins1701 on September 29, 2008 at 4:05 AM

Hawkins1701 on September 29, 2008 at 4:05 AM

I know, it is maddening. To have the entire media complicate makes everything seem like an up hill battle.

Cindy Munford on September 29, 2008 at 5:38 AM

I get it. SNL hates McCain and Palin and Obama is their boy. I really don’t need to watch it to understand their brand of ideology. They shoot BB’s at Obama and 88mm shells at McCain and Palin. Fair treatment…from their perspective.

SKYFOX on September 29, 2008 at 6:03 AM

Just once I’d like to see a news bunny ask Yobama to get more specific and then follow it up 2 or 3 times after he gives them the political spin answer. That would be racist I guess,… or at least against their agenda.

Alden Pyle on September 29, 2008 at 9:20 AM

… and Obama is their boy.

SKYFOX on September 29, 2008 at 6:03 AM

Careful, you’re looking at a visit from the Obama Truth Squad for that remark SKY

Alden Pyle on September 29, 2008 at 9:22 AM

Clip #1: McCain’s camp is over-coaching Palin I think. She is coming off less genuine and its going to make her look bad if she looks like she is fishing around in her memory for the billions of answers she’s been fed. Experience in the federal political matters makes a difference in this arena, but that is why you have expert advisors. The main point is, our Executive should govern by a set of ethics and principles, and have a clear understanding of the free market and conservative ideals. I think Gov. Palin would fail in understanding all of the intricacies of this financial crisis, but the truth is, there are few in DC that understood (understand?) it in the first place. She gets a pass from me on that. SNL is playing on the popularity of Palin and Fey’s previous characterization being popular. They probably did no more damage than Palin did to herself with the Couric interview. Little harm, little foul.

Clip #2: I think this was fair, to a degree. Although several of the Obama points were made legitimately (Iraq war) and none of McCain’s stances were accurately portrayed, SNL still gave two significant dings to Obama on playing the race card and his connections to Chicago corruption. I imagine that the SNL staff were probably Hillary supporters and this was bleed-over from their primary battles.

Clip #3: It could have been funnier, but it was still pretty spot-on about Bill Clinton’s apparent support of McCain and lack of support for Obama.

All in all, it was much better than the bias you get from the MSM on a daily basis. I don’t think there was anything that conservatives should really be upset about, it was pretty fair treatment.

Geministorm on September 29, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Is this an actual quote? Not a parody? The heck?!

” . . . where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh — it’s got to be all about job creation too. Shoring up our economy, and putting it back on the right track. So healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade, we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, um, scary thing, but 1 in 5 jobs being created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All of those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.”

Count to 10 on September 29, 2008 at 11:15 AM

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