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What's Sarah Palin Afraid Of?

The current meme going around is that Sarah Palin is "afraid" to go on the Sunday talk shows, that she's somehow intimidated by regular reporters.

I'm finding myself wondering what she's so nervous about. Sunday talk show hosts? They're pussycats.

Why, here, just today Barack Obama went on with George Stephanopoulos (whom, I recall, was a key player in Bill Clinton's campaign and administration -- them's some hard-hitting journalistic credentials right there!). Obama was crippled by the lack of his customary teleprompters, but ABC -- apparently in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act provisions regarding politicians -- made sure he was just fine.

For example, when Obama started talking about his faith, he referred to "my Muslim faith." Fortunately, Mr. Stephanopolous quickly corrected Mr. Obama on a matter that is so essential and critical and vital to his very core.

In the same interview, Obama revealed some never-before facts about his early life. For example, he briefly considered joining the military. After graduating from high school, he looked at the Selective Service registration form he was presented upon graduation and actually thought about signing up.

That was a remarkable slip of paper, that registration form. Obama graduated in the summer of 1979. He would not have had to register for the draft until late July or early August of 1980, when he was between his first and second years at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

This time, Stephanopoulos chose not to question Obama on this odd little discrepancy.

I'm starting to notice a pattern. Barack Obama ALMOST enlisted in the miltary. Hillary Clinton ALMOST enlisted in the Marine Corps, and later ALMOST came under sniper fire in Bosnia (along with Chelsea and Sinbad). Tom Harkin ALMOST flew fighters over Vietnam, John Kerry ALMOST served a complete tour there, Al Gore ALMOST saw combat... but I digress.

So, what is Sarah Palin so afraid of? The Sunday morning hosts are pussycats. They'll toss her nice, softball questions, and cover for her should she stumble. It's a cakewalk.

Hmm... maybe that's it. Perhaps she sees those shows as wastes of time, and figures she has better things to do with her time.

Nah. What could a sitting governor/mother of five/vice-presidential nominee have to do that's more important from sitting down and chatting with Stephanopoulos (a key figure in Bill Clinton's electoral victories in 1992 and 1996)?

Good grief, where are her PRIORITIES?!?!?!


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So she's not going on the t... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

So she's not going on the talkshows right now? So let's see, it couldn't possibly be because she's busy doing that whole "campaigning" thing.

Nope, it's cause she's a scared little girl.

Keep it up, MSM. She looks better and better to John and Jane Q. Public with every new smear you try.

"John Kerry ALMOST served a... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"John Kerry ALMOST served a complete tour there"

Make that almost served a half a tour there and you would be closer to the truth.

I fully expect (though it will never be proven) that Obama will get copies of the debate questions ahead of time to help with his "cant talk without a teleprompter" disability.


Actually, Mrs Palin may be ... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Actually, Mrs Palin may be interviewed by Charles Gibson:

http://thepage.time.com/2008/09/07/abc-snags-palin-interview/

Of course, it's in Time, so it may not be true.

retired military: "Make tha... (Below threshold)
Drago:

retired military: "Make that almost served a half a tour there and you would be closer to the truth."

Uh, make that "served 1/3 of a tour" and you'd be even more correct.

Great post Jay.It'... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Great post Jay.

It's very clear that there is a race on amongst the Democrat/MSM to force the McCain/Palin ticket off their stride for this very short final campaign period.

After this last week (if not after the previous 30 years), why would any Republican allow any Democrat/MSM rep to dictate our schedule?

"why would any Republican a... (Below threshold)

"why would any Republican allow any Democrat/MSM rep to dictate our schedule?"

They shouldn't. Wait for the leftist media to embarrass itself to the point where the public's recognition of their bias will force them to make a semblance of objectivity. Wait for the McCain campaign's & right-blogosphere rebuttal's to the left's made-up attacks against Palin to become firmly established in the public's mind.

Chris Wallace on Fox Sunday was REALLY pressing for Palin to start granting interviews and quite argumentative as well. Since no liberal is going to believe that Fox is fair & balanced what's the point of taking an adversarial approach?

It might be best to wait till just before the debate, then do an interview on Fox, viewership will be high and when she does well in the debate it will create a larger rise in the polls.

THEN do a few interviews with ABC and CNN. They're biased toward Hillary and will not be as adversarial as NBC or MSNBC. Plus her victory in the debate (she is going to win) will place the liberal media interviewers at a disadvantage.

Besides, if the McCain/Pali... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Besides, if the McCain/Palin ticket is going to campaign in all 58 states (per Obama), then they really don't have alot of extra time.

BTW, the ever helpful, completely non-partisan, thoroughly objective lifelong Dem and former Clinton campaign aide and Clinton Presidential advisor George Stephanopolous very "helpfully" assisted B. Hussein Obama today on the "This Week" when B. Hussein Obama stated that "McCain had not discussed my (Obama's) Muslim Faith."

Good old George was johnny-on-the-spot when it was clear that the super-brilliant Obama did not catch this error. George "helpfully" offered "you mean your Christian faith".

The look in Obama's eyes was priceless. It was a "oh yeah, right, I'm a Christian alright, by golly, you betcha!"

I can't imagine why Sarah Palin is simply dying to speak directly to such a wonderfully helpful, softball tossing, lifelong Dem activist like Stephy.

rope-a-dope. See Rumble i... (Below threshold)
melvintoast:

rope-a-dope. See Rumble in the Jungle October 30, 1974.

Palin has BEEN on talk shows already. Just not as a VP candidate. By creating a media flap about her being afraid, she's setting them up for a "surprise" at how sharp she is.

Silly rabbit! Trix are for kids!

Ignore all of the Sunday sh... (Below threshold)

Ignore all of the Sunday shows...they are begging for attention and don't deserve it, particularly NBC/MSNBC and CNN.

Palin's time is better spent speaking directly to voters on the campaign trail. She handed the MSM their rears last week; let them get used to it for a while.

"B. Hussein Obama stated th... (Below threshold)

"B. Hussein Obama stated that "McCain had not discussed my (Obama's) Muslim Faith."

Good old George was johnny-on-the-spot when it was clear that the super-brilliant Obama did not catch this error. George "helpfully" offered "you mean your Christian faith".

The look in Obama's eyes was priceless. It was a "oh yeah, right, I'm a Christian alright, by golly, you betcha!"

A Freudian slip? Priceless.

Maybe a 527 could look up ALL of Obama's gaffes and put them together, it might make for an 'interesting' ad...

Kudos Jay!----------... (Below threshold)
MF:

Kudos Jay!
----------------------------
Ms Palin is getting in person time with the voters
and
as important she most likely is preparing for the upcoming debates
and
addressing the home stretch of campaigning.

IF she decides to start hit... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

IF she decides to start hitting the lefty talkshow circuit, there should be a written agreement that there's no funny business with editing out anything... I would LOVE for Palin to eviscerate Olberdouche without him being able to omit the juicy parts. Especially when he cries.

Obama announced about 600 d... (Below threshold)
PC14:

Obama announced about 600 days ago that he's running for POTUS. And just the other day was the first time that he subjected himself to a real, adversarial-type interview. He spoke to O'Reilly.

Since the media is in the tank for Obama, one can only assume the other interviews were softball events.

So, it's taken O over 1 1/2 years to face a seriously tough interview and the press is already whining about Palin...cause it's been over a week already.

While they're waiting for her, they could always take some time and have a look at those Annenberg papers that only Stanley Kurtz seems interested in.

McCain campaign manager Ric... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis"

"When we think it's time and when she feels comfortable doing it," Davis said . . ."

Not granting interviews is their prerogative. There's nothing that says Palin has to do any interviews or appearances before the election. She can give speeches or put out videos or perform an interpretative dance or do nothing. It's McCain and his campaign's choice.

Governor Palin should bypas... (Below threshold)

Governor Palin should bypass the MSM's one-on-one interviewers and go straight to C-SPAN's Brian Lamb. He's the most objective interviewer around.

Take a look at any of his Q&A interviews as proof.

"B. Hussein Obama ... (Below threshold)
Stan25:
"B. Hussein Obama stated that "McCain had not discussed my (Obama's) Muslim Faith."

Good old George was johnny-on-the-spot when it was clear that the super-brilliant Obama did not catch this error. George "helpfully" offered "you mean your Christian faith".

The look in Obama's eyes was priceless. It was a "oh yeah, right, I'm a Christian alright, by golly, you betcha!"

A Freudian slip? Priceless.

Maybe a 527 could look up ALL of Obama's gaffes and put them together, it might make for an 'interesting' ad...

Who needs a 527 group when Rush Limbaugh Sean Hannity Mark Levin Michael Reagan and the rest of the radio hosts use that for a main sound bite tomorrow.

Sarah Palin has much more i... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Sarah Palin has much more important things to do that appear on the Lame Stream Media dog and pony shows. Painting her toenails, cleaning her glasses or giving one of her children a 'spit' shine is much more important in anyone's real world.
Hussein O didn't admit he's a follower of Islam, he would have but a democrat 'news' host stopped him. The elitest snob has to have someone hold his hand or god forbid the American people will catch him in another of his hundreds of lies.

Obama has run out of lies a... (Below threshold)

Obama has run out of lies and tall tales and has resorted to steeling Hillary's.

Sarah = MOM (the adult here... (Below threshold)
sjhnstn:

Sarah = MOM (the adult here)
MSM = angry teenager

When they stop stomping around and throwing things, she will have a reasonable conversation with them. Classic and time tested behavior modification. Ignore the behavior you don't like (smears on her family), and reward those behaviors you want to encourage (reasoned and responsible conversation.) McCain has already noted that the campaign will be working on their own timeline, not that of the MSM.
Good.

How far in the tank is the ... (Below threshold)
marc:

How far in the tank is the U.S. MSM?

I've taken to saying they are so far in the tank they need a snorkel to breath properly.

However, the best proof, or should I say support for that theory comes by way of the U.K.'s Guardian fish wrap whose editorial board has been over-the-top anti-Bush/anti-America for as long as I can recall.

A small sample:

My colleagues in the American liberal press had little to fear at the start of the week. Their charismatic candidate was ahead in virtually every poll. George W Bush was so unpopular that conservatives were scrambling around for reasons not to invite the Republican President to the Republican convention. Democrats had only to maintain their composure and the White House would be theirs. During the 1997 British general election, the late Lord Jenkins said that Tony Blair was like a man walking down a shiny corridor carrying a precious vase. He was the favourite and held his fate in his hands. If he could just reach the end of the hall without a slip, a Labour victory was assured. The same could have been said of the American Democrats last week. But instead of protecting their precious advantage, they succumbed to a spasm of hatred and threw the vase, the crockery, the cutlery and the kitchen sink at an obscure politician from Alaska.

Sarah Palin has more cojone... (Below threshold)

Sarah Palin has more cojones than Scheiffer, Brokaw, Matthews, Olbermann, Blizter, Carville, Begala, Gibbs, Axelrod, Barry, Brown, etc. put together!!!

"And I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.

"But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this great country."

That's our Sarah, our Thatcher, our next Vice President!!!

Let me rephrase the questio... (Below threshold)
marc:

Let me rephrase the question posed:

Q. "What is ObamaMessiah NOT afraid of?"

A. Of being labeled a hypocrite after saying this type of behavior was unacceptable, yet he now hosts it at his own webpage.

Remind me again who was pulling what race card?

#3 I also saw something... (Below threshold)
MF:
Good job Jay; that Sarah Pa... (Below threshold)

Good job Jay; that Sarah Palin is somehow "afraid" or intimidated by regular reporters is just plain malarkey. I do wonder that Sarah's detractors go after women, children, and the unborn. Common sense dictates that this isn't ALMOST an untenable position, it's rather complete and utter nonsense. I'd feel better about Global Warming too, had the only evidence to support it not come from scurrilous politicians who make or stand to make hundreds of millions of dollars. Palin is spot-on. She's a winner through and through. Here's a clip from Jan & Dean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX7X4FovYRA&NR=1 How 'bout them Dems; restorative justice: http://theseedsof9-11.com

MF - Note how they couch th... (Below threshold)
marc:

MF - Note how they couch the story you link to, "Under pressure for being shielded for questioning..."

Whatever, it couldn't possibly be due to hitting the campaign trail for a few days. It just COULDN'T be!!!

"That was a remarkable slip... (Below threshold)
Just John:

"That was a remarkable slip of paper, that registration form. Obama graduated in the summer of 1979. He would not have had to register for the draft until late July or early August of 1980, when he was between his first and second years at Occidental College in Los Angeles."

"Under current law, all male U.S. citizens are required to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday."

Obama had until 9/4/1979 to register.

What were you thinking?

Well, Just John, I was thin... (Below threshold)

Well, Just John, I was thinking that the Selective Service registration was abolished in 1973, and didn't start back up until June of 1980 -- so there was no draft registration for Obama to weigh until he was 19 and had finished his first year of college.

As Jammie Wearing Fool pointed out quite clearly.

I don't post those links just because I like the looks of blue, underlined words, John.

J.

Jay, I don't think Palin se... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Jay, I don't think Palin sees those shows as a waste of time. I doubt very much that she makes those kinds of decisions of her own, at least at this point in time. McCain's campaign manager said she won't give any interviews till she's "comfortable" giving one. What does that mean?

I actually think there's a lot to admire about her. Part of what impressed me was her toughness. So I think it's pretty weak to say we have to wait till she's "comfortable." Theoretically she could have her hand on the nuclear trigger some time in the next 4 years.

I think the obvious reason is that the campaign is afraid she'll say something embarrassing or appear to be less knowledgeable than she should be.

Blaming the "leftist" or "liberal" media doesn't get it either. Surely she could go on Fox and be fed lollipop and softball leading questions by the likes of Sean Hannity. She's not going to attacked by anyone on Fox News. The easiest interview would be with those 3 lightweights on the morning show on Fox.

I think it's sad that the potential leader of the free world some day has to be hidden from the public. They deserve to hear her and judge based on questions she's asked rather than just listening to a canned speech. I hope they change this and get her out there for everyone to see and hear.


I just saw that she's going... (Below threshold)
JFO:

I just saw that she's going to give an interview to ABC. That's a good start - glad to hear that.

"...Stephanopolous quicky c... (Below threshold)
daniel rotter:

"...Stephanopolous quicky corrected Mr. Obama..."

Stephanopolous didn't "correct" Obama since the latter didn't misspeak. In context, it is clear that if Obama was writing down what he was saying to Stephanopolous, the words "Muslim faith" would be surrounded by quotations. Obama made the mistake here, since he was speaking and not writing, of not adding "supposed" before the words "Muslim faith".

Could be a game of 'lowered... (Below threshold)
bluecollarbytes:

Could be a game of 'lowered expectations'. The press continues to play into it because they're so eager to reveal Sarah Palin as an unworthy candidate. If Sarah was a younger true-blue conservative man with an identical record we wouldn't be witnessing the current frenzied pop-media's campaign against him. Of course a man wouldn't have electrified the contest and nation either like Sarah has.

'hidden from the public'... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

'hidden from the public'

Heh. Now that's funny. She's been the candidate for what, a week and a half? And lefties are whining that she hasn't given interviews yet?

I think PC14 had it about right:
Obama announced about 600 days ago that he's running for POTUS. And just the other day was the first time that he subjected himself to a real, adversarial-type interview.

Come back in about 600 days whiners, then she'll give you an interview. It'll be called a 'press conference from the VP's office'. /sarc

Chill out, before the election she'll give interviews. (Of course, then the whine will be 'but she was inteviewed by FOX, that doesn't count!!!') This woman has really got under the Dems skin. The pants-shitting hysteria that she evokes from the Lefties/MSM is hilarious, yet sad.

marc - that Guardian clip w... (Below threshold)

marc - that Guardian clip was almost poetic.

"I doubt very much that she makes those kinds of decisions of her own, at least at this point in time. McCain's campaign manager said she won't give any interviews till she's "comfortable" giving one. What does that mean?"

Not to be snotty, but...I guess that means she's making "those kinds of decisions" on her own.

"She's been the candidate f... (Below threshold)
daniel rotter:

"She's been the candidate for what, a week and a half? And lefties are whining that she hasn't given interviews yet?"

Both Bentsen and Quayle gave interviews one day after it was announced they were the VP picks for Dukakis and Bush, respectively. Ferraro gave hers four days after the announcement that she would be Mondale's running mate.

But again, why should Governor Palin have to do interviews at all? It's not like she is running for Vice President of the United States or anything?

"B. Hussein Obama stated... (Below threshold)
Brian:

"B. Hussein Obama stated that "McCain had not discussed my (Obama's) Muslim Faith."

Good old George was johnny-on-the-spot when it was clear that the super-brilliant Obama did not catch this error. George "helpfully" offered "you mean your Christian faith".

The look in Obama's eyes was priceless. It was a "oh yeah, right, I'm a Christian alright, by golly, you betcha!"

A Freudian slip? Priceless.

This was not an error, nor a slip. That look in his eye was your imagination. Obama said, "McCain has not talked about my Mulsim faith". Stephanopolous misunderstood him, and Obama then clarified, "What I'm talking about is, he hasn't suggested that I'm a Muslim."

In other words, he's saying that McCain has not stooped as low as the fearmongers who regularly do such things as refer to Obama as "B. Hussein".

OysterI would say ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Oyster

I would say "comfortable" is code for can hold her own on issues she has had no experience with.

Very few here actually watc... (Below threshold)
Wow.:

Very few here actually watched the entire interview apparently, where George S. pointed out inconsistencies with his comments and actual policies. (Say, the whole tax break for 95% of Americans is actually only 81%, how his 97% voting record doesn't exactly support his claims of reaching across the aisle.)

Here's another question: Why is it outrageous that Obama didn't go on FoxNews for so long and perfectly OK that Palin isn't talking to... erm, *anyone*? Oh yeah, that's right. Because you like Palin.

Lipstick on a pig, my Musli... (Below threshold)
TreeHuggin Liberal Commie:

Lipstick on a pig, my Muslim faith, won't wear a flag pin, Barack "Hussein" Obama, Obama/Osama, terrorist fist jab, etc. I realize this is all so entertaining, but will the public discussion ever rise to a respectable level? Infantile.




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