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Friday, September 12, 2008


palin's first interview

james fallows of the atlantic says all that need be said. there is a huge flood of aggressive spin and desperate self-convincing overwashing american politics this morning as some (but not all) republicans try to manage the fallout from what was, to my eyes, an unmitigated disaster for the mccain-palin ticket.

palin came off much as an average american speaking on topics of international diplomacy would -- that is, generally ignorant, in spite of (or perhaps because of) being jammed full of wikipedia entries for the preceding two weeks by her new handlers.

but the truly damaging aspect was that this ignorance was compounded by a thought process summed up in these lines:

GIBSON: And you didn't say to yourself, "Am I experienced enough? Am I ready? Do I know enough about international affairs? Do I -- will I feel comfortable enough on the national stage to do this?"

PALIN: I didn't hesitate, no.

GIBSON: Didn't that take some hubris?

PALIN: I -- I answered him yes because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can't blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we're on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can't blink.

So I didn't blink then even when asked to run as his running mate.

as andrew sullivan called it:

Never blink, never think, just go with your gut. Pure ambition. Minimal thought.


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