February 6, 2010
Written by Sue · Filed Under U.S.
6 Responses to “Is Fox News-Roger Ailes Grooming Sarah Palin for President?”
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I agree and disagree with the penultimate sentence in the first paragraph. Palin was ill-prepared to be thrown in to the height of the presidential campaign intensity. As Obama said when he was informed of McCain’s VP choice, (paraphrase) it takes at least four months to become adjusted to a national campaign. Obama, McCain, and Biden all had years of experience on the national campaign trail. Not having gone through the primaries, Palin was clearly not ready for prime time.
And part of that inexperience was not being able to handle the attack interview. Couric spent many hours over several days badgering Palin, twisting her in circles that she clearly wasn’t prepared for, and leading her into several unbelievably stupid sounding answers to seemingly innocuous questions. Politicians experienced on the national campaigning level are ready for this. Palin clearly wasn’t. And blew it sky high.
Where I disagree is the notion that Palin is incurious. The “all of them” answer was obviously a stupid response to the Couric question, but it was not stupid in the Beck interview. I would have to think for a while if hit with Beck’s question out of the blue. I think the FF were awesome, but I’m not sure I could name my favorite. Its like asking someone who’s your favorite ancient Greek.
It seems that way way too many of Palin’s critics always go back to the Couric interview to cement the legitimacy of their criticism. To them I would ask, say the Couric interview never happened. What else have you got?
I just wanted to say I respect the level-headed tone of Glen’s comments. I think it’s good to hope that Americans can rise above the petty name-calling that so often spins around every mention of Sarah Palin’s name. The same people who quickly call her “stupid,” “incurious,” and “incoherent” are – themselves – revealed as all of those things by the nature of their attacks on Sarah Palin!
She is, in fact, very intelligent, has done many successful things as an American elected official, has crafted some very pithy and adroit missives, clearly has character and integrity that many Americans admire, and there are many other qualities and truths about Sarah Palin that exist – whether people want to see past their blind hatred for her, or not!
When we can get to a place of being honest, having integrity, seeing clearly, listening to what people have to say, and not being afraid of ideas that challenge us… then, I think our country will be in a better place. Palin – like other public figures – deserves our intelligent attention, not mindless reactionary crap.
grooming sarah palin for national office. you must be kidding. she is only a step, no, make that a half-step, removed for low-grade moron.
total uneducated airhead. good for only one thing……a future anchor on the fair and balanced news network.
Glen and Michael,
Thank you for your even-handed and fair comments about Sarah. Whether or not one agrees with her politics, one should be willing to admit that she has many qualities that Americans admire. She has achieved great things without the benefit of either a rich, powerful family or a rich, powerful husband.
In many ways she is a living example of the American dream. That is why her defense of small business and the free market ring so true with so many people – she is living proof that the system works if you are willing to work for success.
To call her an “uneducated airhead, a half-step removed “for low grade moron” is patently false. She earned a college degree, slowly it’s true, because she had to work to earn enough money to pay for her state-school education since she was not fortunate enough to be born into a family that could write a check for an expensive ivy-league education. She plowed through and earned her degree, and to many Americans that is much more admirable than sitting through four years of classes that daddy paid for.
(By the way, Jim, you meant to say “from a low-grade moron”, not “for a low-grade moron”. An unkind person would point out that you, Jim, appear to be an uneducated moron yourself, or as Rahm Emmanuel might put it, an “F’g retard”, but since discerning, intelligent people don’t make judgments on such superficial things, I won’t say any such thing.)
The vitriol that has sprung forth against this woman, who has done nothing except disagree with the policies of the current administration has been absolutely appalling. The most disturbing thing is that she has been condemned by feminists for not being “feminist enough”!
To many of us, Sarah Palin is actually the living embodiment of the feminist dream. She has a satisfying career, a husband who supports her in that career, and who is in fact willing to leave his own job to enable her to pursue her career. She has 5 beautiful children. Frankly, Sarah has it all, and wasn’t that the goal of feminism — to enable women to have it all?
But apparently Sarah must be destroyed because she doesn’t follow the party line. Not only does she dare defy NOW by being pro-life, she actually has the audacity to walk the walk. It seems that having the bad taste to deliver a baby that she knew to have Down’s syndrome was the cherry on the ice cream sundae of her sins against feminism in the minds of many.. To the rest of us her decision is one more reason to respect and admire this woman. She has the courage of her convictions and a moral base.
Dark days indeed when people cannot disagree about politics without resorting to name calling and hate. People are allowed to disagree. Let’s keep it civil, please.
Shabat- Sounds like the name of a suicide bomber!
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