Sunday, September 07, 2008

the shame campaign

we've already had a president who avoided questions from the press, why do we need a vice president who is the same way? these people are supposed to be accountable to us. if a campaign won't let its vice presidential candidate take unfiltered questions, it's simply trying to prevent the public from making an informed choice.
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ADDING: as josh marshall says:
[McCain campaign manager Rick] Davis says Palin won't give any interviews until she feels "comfortable" giving one. And this morning he added that she wouldn't give any "until the point in time when she'll be treated with respect and deference."

Sarah Palin could be the President of the United States in four and a half months. We tend to think of this as an abstraction; but it's true. And yet today she's so unprepared and knows so little about the challenges and tasks facing the country that she can't even give a softball interview.

That's really all we need to know. Yes, she's off being prepped at some undisclosed location. And I've little doubt that by the time her debate rolls around she'll be sufficiently pumped full of slogans and bromides to make a show of it. But now, this moment, is the one that tells us all we need to know.

As is so often the case, Palin is the incarnation of the Republican slurs. The darling of the hard-right; she gives a stem-winding speeches. She pushes all their buttons. But she's such a lightweight, they can't risk letting her answer a few questions. Not even on Fox. They know she's not ready and probably never will be. But they think the politics might work for them.
i still find it bizarre that a campaign claiming that palin is ready to be president seems to be saying that she's not ready to give a press conference. giving a press conference is part of the job of president.