I just saw two new snippets from CBS’s Katie Couric interviewing Sarah Palin. Needless to say, they’re disastrous.
First, in a clip that clearly is pulled straight from the image of Sarah Palin that America is getting to know and fear, she is unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she regularly reads.
I lived in Alaska and while getting a copy of the New York Times isn’t as easy in Anchorage as, say, 42nd and Broadway, it’s still doable. On top of that, the Alaskan press is robust for a small state. The Anchorage Daily News, Fairbanks News-Miner, and Juneau Empire are all substantial papers that pull heavily from wire services to fill out national and international news content. Naming these papers would not have signaled a lack of global awareness in my view — they contain much of the same news content that papers across the Lower 48 have. But Palin didn’t name them, or any other paper. It’s startling and it’s not the first time this week Couric has stumped Palin on a fundamentally simple question.
Second, Couric asks Palin if it really was her view that a 15 year old girl who was raped by her father should not be allowed to have an abortion.
Palin’s position represents about as radical a position as any mainstream American politician will hold on any issue. That said, a commenter on YouTube nails Palin for refusing to be clear about what she believes when challenged by Couric:
She says she’s pro-life and then grants that women make their own choice.
I am not convinced she knows what “pro-life” means, as a political position.
Heh, indeedy. Though I think it’s more likely that she is consciously choosing to mask her extremist views from voters who would find them unpalatable and repulsive.
It’s hard to understate how fundamentally qualified Palin is to be a vice presidential candidate.