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Written by my good friend (and ex-wife) who will soon begin posting under who own nom de blog. Darylita:

Thank God for the early callers to Washington Journal on C-SPAN listening to the woman in the chair talking to Charlie Gibson from ABC News.
They saw and heard what we know to be true: she is not ready and she is not right.  She is absolutely not the correct person to be Vice-President and, more importantly, President.

She came across as egocentric, cocky, and ridiculously over-assured about herself.  She didn’t stop to reflect when she was asked if she was ready for this important job.  Only a simpleton would answer a heady question with such speed, and without hesitating.

She was very confused about many of Mr. Gibson’s questions.  When he asked about George Bush’s doctrine regarding preemptive war, she was clueless.  She didn’t know there was one.  When she talked about the proper response to saber rattling by Russia, she was ready to declare war at the drop of a hat, particularly once Georgia and Ukraine become members of NATO.  

Much like her stump speeches, she had canned answers and phrases that she repeated as her political trainers had coached.  And as she clung to her memorized responses, the nervousness of a novice thrust into a challenge over her head became apparent.

During an exchange about travel outside of Alaska and meeting heads of state in foreign countries, she lashed out against Mr. Gibson’s question, claiming nobody running for Vice-President would satisfy that prerequisite.  That’s false Sarah: George Bush Sr, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, and even Dan Quayle had become familiar with numerous leaders from other countries while serving in Congress and previous administrations before deciding to run for Vice-President.

Although the McCain-Palin "truth squad" and campaign designers will claim that her shaky interview is actually rock solid, the extended conversation with Charlie Gibson is our first opportunity to see the candidate

While the Obama campaign is adjusting their mess age to re-focus on the deficiencies in McCain’s readiness for the presidency, it seems increasingly apparent that Sarah Palin will sit on the interview hot seat and reveal her lack of preparation for one of the toughest jobs anyone could be handed, Vice President of the most dominant country on the globe, the backup person and understudy for POTUS.

Originally posted to I Hate Republicans on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 05:20 PM PDT.

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