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So, when I was looking at the schedule for the so-called "Big Three" Sunday shows, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Face the Nation, and Meet the Press, I noticed there were a lot of ticket members on. Joe Biden was gonna be on MTP; Barack Obama on This Week, and John McCain on Face the Nation. There was one ticketmate, however, that was curiously absent: Sarah Palin.


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While I was getting dressed this morning, I had Morning Joe rambling on in the background. I usually don't pay much attention to what they're saying--Joe's a little too Republican for me--but this blew me the hell AWAY. NOT going to appear on any of the Sunday talk shows? NOT going to have ANY interview with anyone--not Brian Williams, not Charlie Gibson, not Katie Couric, not Diane Sawyer, not Tom Brokaw, not Barbara Walters, not ANYONE? Don't you kind of HAVE to go on Meet the Press as this point?

But that's not all. According to THIS article, she's not going to even CAMPAIGN with McCain much. So she's avoiding the famous McCain town hall meetings as well? Praise be to Jesus, what the hell? Does Sarah Palin REALLY expect us to elect her to the second most powerful office in the country if she can't even give us a goddam interview?

I shudder to think what she's going to do with the VP debate. Turn it down? I mean, she's gonna have to answer some real goddam questions, won't she? Or will she pull a Saddleback and see them beforehand like an 8th grader cheating on the midterm? This is ridiculous. Just how stupid does John McCain think we are?

More than that, I honestly don't understand, from the McCain campaign's viewpoint, how this helps. I mean, for one, since both Obama and Biden are campaigning at the same time, they can be in two places at once (as they were today) and talk to far more voters than one candidate can (especially since Biden alone can get 2,000 people when McCain musters 1,000 on a good day. Second, Palin is really the only excitement the ticket has. McCain got 600 people at his events when it was just him. When Sarah Palin was there as well, they got 15,000. I mean, why would you pick an exciting VP that revs up your base and then just kick her out to go hang out up in Ah-las-kur for the next two months? Doesn't that really shoot your whole campaign in its collective foot?

Well, they've done dumber things. See: John McCain RNC acceptance speech. Green background much? LOL.

Oh, and good news: Even with polls factoring in Palin's speech, McCain's gotten only a three-point or so bounce (Obama got an about 8% bounce by comparison) and though the polls don't factor in McCain's speech, pretty much everyone agrees that if a speech is gonna win over voters, it's gonna be Palins. They've even said McCain's speech could be a sort of wet blanket on the "Palin sizzle." Oh well. Better for us.

But getting back to my point: WHY WILL THIS LADY NOT DO A GODDAM INTERVIEW? Shit.

Originally posted to InvisibleElephant on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 03:30 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Low expectations (1+ / 0-)
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    They are keeping her under raps.  She has her stock speech and spends the rest of the time prepping for that one debate.

    I'm actually nervous: she could be smarter than she is allowed to hear.

    Sadly, if they get soft pitch manipulation a la stephanopolous, it may be rigged.

    The people mag. article is such a whitewash and gives them more pages than they've given Senator Obama or Joe Biden.

  •  This Rove's plan. Get her to crank up the base (3+ / 0-)
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    sagesource, BillieJohn, llamaRCA

    go on fund raising and coast to the election. He can always throw her on Fox if necessary. But why bother.The MSM is buying it .

  •  because she's not running for Vice President. (3+ / 0-)
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    sagesource, oscarsmom, llamaRCA

    She's running for John McCain's trained monkey.

    the only explaination I have for it.

    You are entitled to express your opinion. But you are NOT entitled to agreement.

    by DawnG on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 03:39:53 PM PDT

    •  You're Right (0+ / 0-)

      She's not running for vice president. She's running to be McCain's unvetted successor.

      Thanks but no thanks...

      by Indieman on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 04:17:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  nah, I don't think so. (1+ / 0-)
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        it's in the back of EVERYONE's mind that McCain will croke in office and his veep may be called up on to take his place, but they aren't trotting Palin out as a potential president.

        They're trotting her out as a cheerleader and not much more.   If people actually sat down and THOUGHT about her as POTUS, they wouldn't be nearly as enamored by her I don't care what they're staying now. (except the religious right of course, they love her.  But they think all you need to be president is to be right on THEIR issues).

        You are entitled to express your opinion. But you are NOT entitled to agreement.

        by DawnG on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 04:34:15 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Couldn't Agree More (0+ / 0-)

          Especially with the idea that

          If people actually sat down and THOUGHT about her as POTUS, they wouldn't be nearly as enamored by her

          That's precisely why I believe we need to prod voters into considering her as a possible president before pulling the lever.

          Thanks but no thanks...

          by Indieman on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 08:42:50 PM PDT

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  •  They want money (3+ / 0-)
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    ZappoDave, llamaRCA, Vita Brevis

    Donations to the Republican Party stay high as long as she's a mystery. As soon as she gets out and trimmed down by interviews, it will fall off. They're milking the Palinalooza for all its worth.

    There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. - Sun Tzu

    by OHeyeO on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 03:40:15 PM PDT

  •  Keep asking the question (6+ / 0-)

    When Biden, Hillary and Obama go on the news shows, they need to ask this question. Obama went on O'Reilly.

  •  She won't be answering any questions (2+ / 0-)
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    oscarsmom, llamaRCA

    because she CAN'T answer any questions.

    And they know that.

    Not the church. Not the state. Women will decide their fate.

    by JaciCee on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 03:41:54 PM PDT

  •  I personally think what they're doing is (1+ / 0-)
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    The Republican base that needs firing up knows she's a fascist on abortion and global warming and abstinence so they don't need reminding of that. But the independent voters don't know: they just see a "hockey mom" (whatever that is) with a nice rack and they don't know she's to the right of Cheney and Rumsfeld. As long as they don't know that, the better.

    "I have been to the mountaintop, and I have seen the other side."

    by InvisibleElephant on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 03:42:37 PM PDT

  •  The Press is the public's proxy.... (3+ / 0-)
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    sagesource, oscarsmom, llamaRCA

    All Sarah wants is to be elected to be first in line to have executive power over the government of this democracy.  Yes, this woman would be the "decider" on issues that effect our personal lives and the existence of our country.

    She expects to be given this awesome authority based on her delivery of a speech written by an anonymous writer, representing thoughts that are the writers, or her party's, but not necessarily her's.

    She must subject herself to what anyone who wants a position, from clerk to executive, accepts, a probing interview by her employers.  In this case, that's us, the people of America.

  •  Has anyone seen Biden's speech from PA (2+ / 0-)
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    oscarsmom, Vita Brevis

    earlier today?

    Holy shit!  Sorry to sort of change the subject, but he tore the joint up. Palin isn't doing media because she has to be prepared to go against Joe Biden -- no easy task even for the most seasoned and eloquent of politicians.

    You can check it out at (I was there a few minutes ago and it was at the top of the page.)

  •  questions, you have questions (1+ / 0-)
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    here you have a VP pick out of nowhere, deep deep right field. no one knows anything about her. and you have the Presidential candidate that is 72 years old. the oldest candidate ever.
    so instead of rushing her through the intro drills so people can know her at least a little you keep her in a bubble. from which she has a cat fight with herself. if this makes any sense then I would believe McCain would give the most important speech of his life in front of the green grass of a LA High School.
    people do not vote for uncertainty, they don't vote for a pig in the poke. this is not American Idol.
    how does this play in Ohio, FL and IN? in a recession.

    Henry Dribble "if all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail." Phish/Wittgenstein

    by henry dribble on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 03:48:38 PM PDT

  •  I hear they've got Rove and Lieberman "training" (0+ / 0-)

    her. Nice. Just the guys we need running the country AMIRITE?

    "I have been to the mountaintop, and I have seen the other side."

    by InvisibleElephant on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 03:50:55 PM PDT

  •  Because she's a rolling fiasco on two legs. (2+ / 0-)
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    auditor, oscarsmom

    McSame's team is horrified by what he's done picking Palin; they're suffering a world-class case of buyer's remorse after seeing all the skeletons oozing out of her closet, and seeing her in person.

    I suspect that Palin is absolutely God-awful in a fluid debate situation— petulant, snarling, wrong on the facts and all resentment-in-high-heels. I believe that after seeing her in the flesh and experiencing her 'talents' in person, McSame's team is scrambling to keep her buried in Dick Cheney's bat-cave 'till after the election. She's that bad.

    •  She's a good debater. (0+ / 0-)

      See my post higher up in the thread.
      Do not underestimate her. She has lots of other issues, but setting up low expectations for her vs. Joe Biden in a debate would be a big mistake for us.

      Another Democrat against McCain

      by NWSteve on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 04:03:58 PM PDT

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  •  This is such bullshit (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to rant.  Dems should NAIL them both to the wall for this.  They want her to be possibly the f*cking POTUS, and the American people do not have the opportunity to ask her one single question???

    If you can't handle the press, you can't handle being POTUS.  It's obvious to everyone that they know she will say something campaign-ending, so they can't trust her out there.  So why in the HELL did they nominate her then??

    Get this joke off the ticket!

    Never give up! Never surrender!

    by oscarsmom on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 03:56:54 PM PDT

  •  Smoke. Mirrors. (0+ / 0-)

    Rinse. Repeat.

    And if you own the media. That helps.

    This thing ain't over yet.

    I'm starting to feel like Germany about 70 years back.

    Change the media ownership laws and reinstate the Fairness Doctrine

    by moosely2006 on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 04:05:51 PM PDT

  •  I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK! (0+ / 0-)

    Apologies for shouting.

    You kids behave or I'm turning this universe around RIGHT NOW! - god

    by Clem Yeobright on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 04:08:04 PM PDT

  •  This is what needs to be put on bumper stickers (0+ / 0-)

    and t-shirts.  Why won't Sarah Palin sit down for an interview?

  •  I saw her Alaska Gov debates also (1+ / 0-)
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    As someone mentioned, she was good. But they know she's not up to snuff on national issues, so they are preparing her now. She's not stupid - she's quite clever, and we should not assume she's going to make a fool of herself.

  •  Scouting..... (1+ / 0-)
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    Remembering Jello

    Not to put everything in sports terms, but what I think they are trying to do is limit the depth of the "scouting" report that Biden's team can put together on her for his debate prep.  Palin's team has lots to develop strategy on, but if they keep her a mystery, it limits his ability to develop an effect game plan for the debate.  While we feel he's nimble enough, without having a full briefing book of oppo research and understanding deeply her style of I've heard say, Biden will be playing checkers while she's playing chess.

    It's all gamesmanship and I just hope to high heaven our boys are prepared as possible for every contingency....

  •  four letter words are so rude. Like. . (0+ / 0-)


    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 04:17:52 PM PDT

  •  But American voters don't care (1+ / 0-)
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    about these kinds of "process story" issues, so says former McCain spokesman Todd Harris. So voters don't care about her ability to answer questions that demonstrate she's worthy of considering being a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

    "I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me, what is it exactly that the V.P. does every day?" GOP VP Candidate Sarah Palin

    by Vita Brevis on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 04:18:49 PM PDT

  •  Talk about an insult to women (0+ / 0-)

    It's an insult to women that the female candidate for vice-president is being shielded like a southern belle from what every other candidate takes for granted.

    It says something about her that she's willing to accept this charade.  Can you imagine Hillary Clinton hiding behind anybody for any reason?

    The Republicans have taken a corrupt, lying, despotic politician and are busy creating the illusion that she is ready to be president of the United States.

    I'm sorry but this is about sex, and I don't mean gender.  Sex sells.  Can you imagine the reaction to her background if she were ugly?  I've had a number of men tell me they are voting for her because "she's hot!"

    This is what America has come to?  American Idol is in fact America itself?

  •  Because she's been on the ticket a week. (0+ / 0-)

    She had to get ready for 'the speech of her life', deal with announcing her daughter's pregnancy (probably a week earlier than planned) and has been kind of busy.

    She has to be brought up to speed on the McCain programs before going on television representing them.  That would be true of anyone.  Biden's been on the ticket a bit longer and had already run against Obama so would presumably know some of his positions to start with.

    Since there is so much 'gotcha' going on, you need to be on the same page before you go on.

    I expect her to do stump speaches in 'small town' areas, do light interviews such as 'personality' tv shows and work her way up to it.  Shis now only a month away from the debate and that will take time, too.

    I doubt the Republican's want to plan her schedule in a way optimized to encourage blunders.

  •  Quite Simple The Answer (0+ / 0-)

    You ask "Why will this lady not do a goddam interview?"

    Really simple.

    Right now they are afraid she will screw it up.

    Not ready with pat answers to all the "gotcha" moments she would face from reporters asking pointed questions. Pointed questions that would bring out not just her lack of knowledge on national and international affairs.
    Worse, those questions could actually seek answers to her lies, her evasions, her gloss of past actions.

    Right now she is afraid she will screw it up - because she knows she isn't ready.

    The press should (along with sites like dKos) keep up a steady drum beat on her reluctance to answer the questions so many want answered. "If she can't answer to the Press, how do we know if she will answer to the People?"
    Make it point that is a cause for effective and presumptive disqualification of her candidacy.

    For it is our right to know the answers as to how she reconciles her statements and actions. It is our right to know where she stands on issues, and how she thinks on her feet, extemporaneously.

    Lastly, I think this is a sham evasion, one that will last until they can get her in front of friendly reporters, in a comfortable and controlled setting. Then, any further requests for face-to-face questioning will be met with a flat refusal - delivered with an assurance that the now "well prepped" elephant Veep candidate has done all she needs to do.

    Think of it as getting a Veep degree from Phoenix University, online.

  •  Baby to care for and wedding to plan (0+ / 0-)

    Don't forget this is a family that seems to thrive on drama. Her son is about to leave for (probably) Iraq; her daughter may (or may not?) be getting married; and the baby is probably still nursing. Oh, and she has a big executive position to carry out. So there are plenty of reasons why she can't just go flying around the country for the next six months, right?

    And face it, the gender thing is real. Barack can leave his girls with Michelle and grandma, and no one faults him for it. (Michelle as I understand it limits her trips so she's only away one overnight a week.) A mom with very young children, especially one who's campaigning as a mom to appeal to other moms who hold fairly traditional views, is walking a very fine line.

  •  GOP logic? (0+ / 0-)

    Hey, if she was good enough for McCain to select her as his running mate after meeting her only once, she must be good enough for the American electorate to vote for her after one speech.

  •  In "The Greatest Man in the World" by James (0+ / 0-)

    Thurber, Jack (Pal) Smurch, after flying a rickety monoplane nonstop around the world in 1935, was spirited away after landing without speaking a word to the press. The papers had followed his heroic flight in great detail, but omitted his life story, which was simply too awful to print.

    What does this have to do with hiding "the greatest woman in the world," Governor Sarah Palin?  



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