October 3, 2008

Hiding Sarah

I found this at dailykos, which is a site admittedly biased against McCain & Palin but this response by someone writing at the conservative zine National Review is still incredulous and mind-boggling! Like one of the comments at the thread said: "The spunky little governor with the big shiny gun has managed to turn a political debate into spank material for some very, very lonely men"
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National Review's Rich Lowry writes:

A very wise TV executive once told me that the key to TV is projecting through the screen. It's one of the keys to the success of, say, a Bill O'Reilly, who comes through the screen and grabs you by the throat. Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me." And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing.

It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.

Indeed! Like Arianna Huffington wrote elsewhere:

"After Thursday night, the only thing Palin proved herself good enough for is starring in her own reality show. Watching Biden and Palin on the same stage was like watching a tennis champion walk onto Centre Court at Wimbledon only to find himself facing an over-eager amateur from the local high school. The only subject on which Palin displayed superior knowledge was when she corrected Biden on the proper delivery of "Drill, baby, drill!" Christie Hefner thought Palin's sex-tinged twist on the chant should be appropriated for a commercial. Perhaps for Viagra."

In fact, I have always thought the debates were nothing more than made-for-tv entertainment!
Saw a headline in the Boston Herald today saying "Both still standing" ..as if it was a HBO special boxing match and they expected a KO or something! With 90 seconds given to given an answer, it is easy to not answer a question, let time run out and move on to the next question*. It was not Iffil's fault, it's just the fault of the format for the debates here in the US. Couric did a good job by comparison because she did not let Palin get away without answering a question.

And we all saw how Palin fared in that interview (and the one before that with Gibson). Expectedly, she was uncomfortable with the whole experience (and probably plans to hide from the media even more in days to come) and today she was on Faux News whining about Couric; like a little kid going to her mom and complaining about being harassed by a bully in the playground!

Palin On Fox News: Couric Annoyed Me
"The Sarah Palin in those interviews was a little bit annoyed," she said. "It's like, man, no matter what you say, you are going to get clobbered. If you choose to answer a question, you are going to get clobbered on the answer. If you choose to try to pivot and go to another subject that you believe that Americans want to hear about, you get clobbered for that too."

Can imagine the response from her Fair & Balanced buddies: "I tell you...that Couric is so sexist - doesn't understand women what it takes to be a woman! Oh what? Oh ok...in that case, she's a liberal elitist from the immoral coast!" Take it away... OReilly & co..... mouth off!

McCain's all touched and emotional :)

* Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart

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