Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Not Ready for Prime Time

How fitting that Saturday Night Live returns this weekend, with Senator Obama joining the most famous not-ready-for-prime-timers. And we have Sarah Palin, in her most (only) important interview to date doing (to keep the SNL theme going) her best Ashlee Simpson impression. The reviews are in, and they aren’t pretty:

At times visibly nervous, at others appearing to hew so closely to prepared answers that she used the exact same phrases repeatedly, Ms. Palin most visibly stumbled when she was asked by Mr. Gibson if she agreed with the Bush doctrine. Ms. Palin did not seem to know what he was talking about. Mr. Gibson, sounding like an impatient teacher, informed her that it meant the right of “anticipatory self-defense.”


John McCain running mate Sarah Palin sought Thursday to defend her qualifications but struggled with foreign policy, unable to describe President Bush’s doctrine of pre-emptive strikes against threatening nations and acknowledging she’s never met a foreign head of state.

The Republican vice presidential nominee told Charles Gibson of ABC News in her first televised interview since being named to the GOP ticket that “I’m ready” to be president if called upon. However, she sidestepped on whether she had the national security credentials needed to be commander in chief.


Just got through watching the first segment of the Palin interview, and I have to say, she did pretty awful. It wasn’t a matter of an obvious gaffe you could point to — though she did draw a complete blank when asked whether she supported the Bush Doctrine as she clearly had no idea what it was, and seemed to endorse strikes within Pakistan if there was actionable intellegence, which Obama was mocked for by conservatives last year. But overall, she looked so rehearsed and scripted, and just kept repeating catch phrases without displaying any depth of understanding about the complexity of the national security issues being discussed.

-Conservative American Spectator

She is clearly out of her depth. And no hard questions about her record have yet been asked – let alone the questions that have been asked at every water-cooler in the country. I reserve judgment on the whole interview until I’ve seen the whole thing.

-Andrew Sullivan (who is apparently just getting warmed up).

This may not end well.


September 12, 2008 - Posted by | foreign policy, Media Strategy, talking points | , , , ,

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