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9/8/2008

Interviews of Sarah Palin — Watch Them Now!

Filed under: 2008 Election,General — Patterico @ 12:33 am

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.

26 Responses to “Interviews of Sarah Palin — Watch Them Now!”

  1. Say, if anyone has a youtube link for that debate, I would love to see it. I’ll keep searching for it.

    Palin is well spoken here. No ‘uh, uh, uh’ as Obama exhibits, but also, she had a very friendly bunch of callers. She will probably make a gaffe (it’s impossible not to), and that’s going to be blown out of proportion. But I think she’s confident and clearly very smart. I bet she will look like someone who can make decisions and knows what’s up in the world. What does it take for the average voter to think someone can be president? I think it’s just that basic impression of intelligence, virtue, and drive. Obama has sailed on his image, and Palin seems to have more to work with.

    Juan (4cdfb7)

  2. I glad to hear she handles herself well but I’m not surprised. She went up against the power elites in Alaska and beat them. People on the left are really stupid like Jamie Lee Curtis

    I couldn’t hold my own for one minute in a debate on any issue with someone like a Barack Obama or Joseph Biden and neither can Sarah Palin. When the call comes at 3AM I want a mind who was at the top of their class, who has gravitas and a real intellect. I want a leader who is a scholar who can hold the history of civilization in his head and will read and learn from the past as he charts the future.

    Obama can’t hold a lucid discussion on a policy issue without making major gaffes. So Curtis must really be stupid if she can’t keep up with him. All Sarah Palin needs to mention in the Biden debate is Biden’s plan for dividing Iraq into 3 regions that he was pushing as a solution about the time the surge began. Doesn’t that sound like an Imperalistic Superpower imposing its will? Can BidWinkle explain away his idea, that the iraqis didn’t want?

    liontooth (0edfdb)

  3. I couldn’t hold my own for one minute in a debate on any issue with someone like a Barack Obama or Joseph Biden and neither can Sarah Palin. When the call comes at 3AM I want a mind who was at the top of their class . . .

    Biden was at the top of his class?

    76th out of 85 is at the top of your class?

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  4. Apparently Mensa member Jamie Lee Curtis saw the video of Bidden from the 1988 campaign. She doesn’t know that Biden’s claims were already debunked 20 years ago in the link you posted in #2 Patterico. HEHE lets not tell her so she can repeat his lie and look stupid!

    liontooth (0edfdb)

  5. Scholar? Obama???

    First, he’s never released his grades from Columbia. How’d he get into Harvard Law after 3 years on the streets of Chicago?

    Second, in 10 years of being a lecturer on a narrow subject of constitutional law, he never published a single article on that or any other subject.

    Scholar my ass.

    WLS (969303)

  6. 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.

    If she’s as smart as she’s shown herself to be the last 10 days, her answer to stuff like that should be along the lines of: “You do realize presidents and vice presidents have staffs, don’t you? I think the American people want a leader, not a Jeopardy winner.”

    Jim Treacher (592cb4)

  7. And/or: “Did you ask John Edwards that question?”

    Jim Treacher (592cb4)

  8. You’re all so… smitten.

    It’s cute.

    Leviticus (41975c)

  9. Man does not live by bread alone, Leviticus.

    nk (21731d)

  10. Leviticus is so… worried.

    Jim Treacher (592cb4)

  11. Nope – Leviticus is right. I am smitten.

    David (f54ecf)

  12. Well, the two are not mutually exclusive.

    Jim Treacher (592cb4)

  13. Looking at the date of that interview, it’s also notable that she was 7 months pregnant at the time. That is, if you’re naive enough to believe the kid’s really hers…

    Jim Treacher (592cb4)

  14. The partition of Iraq is good. Was it confirmed that he called his staff together immediately after 9/11 and proposed a $200M “tribute” to Iran – no strings attached? Just think of all the other things she could hit him on, being the “Senator from Credit Card” and all (her State cancels out Delaware anyway). He’s bipartisan! Well, on Bankruptcy Reform anyway. THAT will depress leftist turnout… :-)

    rhodeymark (6797b5)

  15. I’m not smitten, L. I’m just glad I don’t have to hold my nose quite so tightly with Palin on the ticket. My vote was always secure however … my real candidate is ABO. May God forgive me, I believe I’d even vote for Carter against BO.

    quasimodo (edc74e)

  16. quasimodo – Even God would not forgive that.

    JD (75f5c3)

  17. Crucial Manhattan Project documents were declassified under Carter. Which is what led to the compact centrifuges and is the key piece of the A. Q. Khan do-it-yourself nuclear network.

    I have a tough time believing anyone could top that. But Obama is swearing he’d be a contender.

    Al (b624ac)

  18. 16 & 17 … perhaps you are right. allow me to claim, ex post facto, that I was speaking only for dramatic effect and went too far.

    quasimodo (e1b696)

  19. I’ll admit to being smitten. That doesn’t mean she’s not fabulous, though.

    Beldar (8a23eb)

  20. I hate to tell you this, but smitten can win elections. OTOH, scratching your head when your favored candidate makes another in a long list of flubs, well – not a good reaction, you could say.

    Dmac (e639cc)

  21. I don’t know that I’m smitten. ‘Tis not love that varies when it variation finds. But dangit if anybody can whup Obama’s “charisma”, she can.

    nk (21731d)

  22. Here’s an Excerpt from a recent interview with tennis player, Billie Jean King: “I think Palin’s great. I think she’s awesome. I think she’s honest, I think she’s real,” said Ms. King … But would the Governor of Alaska have been so quick to release public statements about her family if her daughter Bristol was revealed to be gay, instead of pregnant? “That was one question I had in my mind,” added Ms. King. Would the Governor of Alaska have been so quick to release public statements about her family if her daughter Bristol was revealed to be walking with a peg leg, a parrot on her shoulder, and making disparaging remarks about the British Navy, instead of pregnant? Well, blow me down; must be the new girl in school. Here’s a clip from Jan & Dean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX7X4FovYRA&NR=1 And, how ‘bout them Dems: http://theseedsof9-11.com

    Peggy McGilligan (e731ec)

  23. What the hell was the point of that? ^^^^^

    Icy Truth (a7ead4)

  24. Its link spam, Icy.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  25. THE TALENTS OF SARAH PALIN:

    Definitely worthy of reading:
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/washingtonpostinvestigations/2008/09/palin_per_diem_travel_expenses.html

    Joanna Ponsart (b349f9)

  26. Joanna Ponsart — may I call you “sweetie,” like your hero would? — this Post story is worthless and deceptive. Being a crap-id response Obamabot that needs to work quickly, you probably didn’t read the part that says…

    Palin has spent far less on travel than her predecessor, former Gov. Frank Murkowski, who spent $463,000 on travel in 2006. Palin spent $93,000 last year, records show.

    So, the scandalous thing that you and the Post would like to tell us is…Palin is saving Alaska a tanker full of cash. That’s a bad thing…how?

    This poor excuse for investigative journalism was debunked mere hours after it hit the web last night. Do try to keep up.

    Nice try, troll. Begone!

    L.N. Smithee (8dbd9a)


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