Friday, September 26, 2008

The Palin implosion continues

The Katie Couric interview was a disaster. Couric was fierce, Palin was terrible.
Katie for Vicepresident!
Judith Warner says she now feels sorry for Palin, because she is obviously unprepared and egregiously manipulated by the McCain campaign. But as someone said, she could have said "thanks, but no thanks." She could have said, "thank you for the honor but I could not possibly fill in those shoes. I may be ready four years from now, after a lot more cramming, but I can't wing it like this. It would be irresponsible and a disservice to my country". But she didn't. So I don't feel sorry for her either.
However, it is clear that she is being handled, like an unruly pet or a difficult and embarrassing relative. It is painful to watch.
Here is an interesting point of view on Palin from Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic. While you are on that page, you can enjoy Chris Rock on Larry King. The link is at the top of the page.
Tonight, we are missing the debate to go to opening night of the New York Film Festival. One knows things are loopy when one goes to the movies searching for a better sense of reality. But we are hoping that McCain will remind us of the infamous Nixon TV appearance when he lost to Kennedy.
As for Obama, he would really have to royally fuck it up, but he should not come to the debate feeling like his winning the debate is a fait accompli. I understand the honorable Jim Lehrer is the moderator (praise the Lord for that. We desperately need some dignity). Obama needs to connect to that elusive, infuriating, unfathomable construct also known as the American people.
Go Obama!

Can't wait for the Biden/Palin debate.

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