Helen Thomas on Katie Couric's Palin interviews: "She saved the country"

This was one of her lines at last night’s roast of Couric, but I don’t think she’s joking. Leave it to Aunt Bethany to miss the point of the evening, just like she’s been missing the point of asking useful, probative questions at the daily White House presser for decades. There’s an interesting admission buried here: Is she implying that McCain/Palin would have won but for the Couric trainwreck? I’ve never heard anyone on either side seriously suggest that. I guess it takes years of taking up space in the briefing room, muttering questions about Israel, to develop that sort of political acuity.

Axelrod joined in on the fun with Palin too, of course:

Most punch lines included ratings, Sarah Palin and colonoscopies– or an odd combination of the three…

“People were surprised by the intensity of that interview with Sarah Palin, but I wasn’t. To me, it made perfect sense. After all, Katie has made it her civic responsibility to conduct public colonoscopies. But I’m sure that will be the butt of a lot of jokes tonight.” -Axelrod

I wonder how Katie feels knowing that her long career in TV news will likely be most remembered for (a) having her colon examined on camera and (b) asking the question, “So, what do you like to read?” Oh — you’ll be pleased to know that Huckabee was there too, laughing along. Which, given his perspective on the Couric/Palin interview, isn’t a surprise.