Thursday, September 25, 2008

Car Crash TV.

The claim that the nation is waiting to see what McCain is going to do about the current economic situation is simply laughable, and -when it's pointed out to her that the public trust Obama rather than McCain on the economy - she rather blithely dismisses public opinion and insists that "track record" is what counts here. And, apparently, The Maverick has one, even though when asked for specifics, she can't say what it is.

When asked to name a specific example of where McCain in 26 years has called for more regulation she, astonishingly, responds, "I'll try to find ya some and I'll bring them to ya".

Car crash TV would be too polite a description for what's on offer here. It's no wonder they are at such pains to keep her away from the press.


Glenn Greenwald, who initially thought everyone was being too hard on Palin, changed his mind today:

But Sarah Palin's performance in the tiny vignettes of unscripted dialogue in which we've been allowed to see her has been nothing short of frightening -- really, as I said, pity-inducing. And I say that as someone who has thought from the start that the criticisms of her abilities -- as opposed to her ideology -- were much too extreme. One of two things is absolutely clear at this point: she is either (a) completely ignorant about the most basic political issues -- a vacant, ill-informed, incurious know-nothing, or (b) aggressively concealing her actual beliefs about these matters because she's petrified of deviating from the simple-minded campaign talking points she's been fed and/or because her actual beliefs are so politically unpalatable, even when taking into account the right-wing extremism that is permitted, even rewarded, in our mainstream. I'm not really sure which is worse, but it doesn't really matter, because with 40 days left before the election, both options are heinous.
And he now believes that the McCain camp really do intend to ask the electorate to vote for this ticket after elaborately working to keep the views and the readiness of one half of the ticket completely - and deliberately - concealed.

Between that bizarre episode at the U.N. yesterday where they basically physically blocked her from answering even innocuous questions to their desire to "postpone" the Vice Presidential debate, it's now conclusively, disturbingly clear that the McCain campaign really does intend essentially to shield her from any and all media scrutiny until the election. I no longer think this is careful media strategizing by the McCain campaign but instead is motivated by what Greg Sargent said last night:

The lengths the McCain campaign is going to in order to shield Sarah Palin from questioning are reaching truly comic dimensions . . . What's really sobering is that the McCain campaign continues to block Palin from answering questions even though it's now resulting in reams and reams of bad press for the McCain-Palin ticket. That suggests McCain advisers know that letting her answer even the most elementary questions in an uncontrolled environment is so dangerous that it's worth weathering the current media drubbing they're taking in order to prevent it from happening at all costs.
What is it that they are so frightened that we will discover? That's she's not very bright on the issues? That she holds some extremist views? What?

I know there are some good friends of this site who think that we are all talking about Palin too much, but the levels they are going to in order to prevent her from being vetted are truly bizarre.

And I agree with Greenwald that it's got to a point where it makes "Sarah Palin's candidacy a very real hazard, something that, by the day, I'm convinced is as important as any other issue in the campaign."

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