So you’re dying to see how Sarah Palin would handle an interview? You don’t have to wait. Simon at Stubborn Facts has some clips of past interviews. You’ll have to go to Simon’s post for the complete collection, but here’s one example — complete with a call from a Democratic fan of hers:
Of course, these interviews aren’t conducted by jackals trying to trip her up with pop quizzes about the identity of the leader of Podunkstan. It will indeed be interesting to see how she handles those sorts of questions, but I won’t be cringing for her — I’ll be looking forward to watching her take off the heads of the idiots who ask her the questions.
I have already watched much of the 2006 gubernatorial debate, which is also linked in Simon’s post. Paul Mirengoff, who has shown some overly hasty gloom over the pick, has now watched it as well, and he has some happy reactions:
If Republican operatives let Palin be Palin, Republicans could get some joy from the contrast with Joe Biden.
UPDATE: I’ve now seen the whole debate. . . . . Palin was quite impressive during the portion of the debate when the candidates ask each other questions. Her forceful, feisty style enabled her to get the better, I thought, of former governor Tony Knowles when they went head-to-head. . . .
Palin surely will need a good deal of preparation on substantive issues prior to debating Biden. But when it comes to style and demeanor, she looks like a natural.
I believe that this is a preview of how the country will feel once it gets to know her better.