I would like to see what Governor Sarah Palin's preparation entails. It doesn't seem that she actually prepares for anything. Tonight, she was on Katie Couric's CBS evening news.
She's asked about Rick Davis, the campaign manager, whose lobbying firm has lobbied for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She really does not have a coherent answer. Now, this is a softball question. She should have had the answer memorized. There was no way that Kate Couric wasn't going to ask a question about Rick Davis. How can she fumble the ball so badly? It is my understanding? What? Give a strong statement like, "I have spoken with Rick Davis personally. He has assured me that he hasn't received any money from Freddie or Frannie in over 18 months." In my opinion, this is a much better answer. It is positive and forceful. It stops you from looking like a moron and puts the responsibility on Rick Davis where it belongs.
One of her talking points is that Americans are waiting to see what John McCain is going to do. Interestingly, Katie Couric asked her why she believes that. Her answer is fascinating and naïve. She said that she does not look at poll numbers (remember Bush says this years ago) which suggests that Americans trust Barack Obama more than they trust John McCain with the economy but instead, Palin says that she believes that Americans at the end of the day we'll look at John McCain's track record. Track record equals experience. Something she doesn't have.
Maybe the problem is that she is overprepared. She has learned to many talking points and cannot put together a coherent sentence without throwing in a talking point. Maybe that's the problem. I know, I'm grasping at straws.
Katie Couric asked are we looking at another Great Depression. The answer that any intelligent politician who could be one heartbeat away from the presidency should give would be "we are not to let that happen. We're going to roll up our sleeves and do the interventions necessary to prevent another Great Depression." (My wife doesn't like this answer. She thinks that it sounds too canned. Maybe she is right. I know that I don't like a major politician saying that we maybe headed into a Great Depression.) How hard is that? Obviously, it is incredibly hard because that is not what she said. "Unfortunately, that is the road that America may find itself on. Not necessarily this, as it's been proposed, has to pass or we're going to find ourselves in another Great Depression." What? Can someone help this lady, please?
Would you support a moratorium on foreclosures? She can't answer the question. So, Katie Couric tries to get Sarah Palin to explain the pros and cons of a moratorium on foreclosures. Governor Palin can't do that either. She throws out some gobbledygook about predatory lenders and then drifted back to her talking point on a comprehensive long-term solution. She never mentions what that solution is. Or how she and John McCain will get us to this mystery solution.
Sarah Palin has become painful to watch. This is worse that watching a train wreck. This is like that scene in the movie Misery where James Caan gets his ankles broken, it is that painful.