Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Motive

Anonymous Liberal, via Benen:
"I think the McCain campaign knew the Couric interview would be a disaster as soon as it was done taping and spent much of the day frantically trying to think of a way to push it out of the headlines," A.L. explained. "The clincher for me is the fact that McCain cancelled his Letterman appearance at the last second and instead sat down for an impromptu interview with, of all people, Katie Couric. The hope was to bump the Palin interview even on the CBS Evening News, which otherwise would have hyped and teased the Palin interview all afternoon and used it to lead the broadcast. Instead, CBS devoted most of its coverage to McCain and played segments of the Palin interview almost as an afterthought. Mission accomplished."

How bad was it? See for yourself...



From the comments at John Cole's place:
I’m still in shock over how terrible the Palin/Couric interview was. “Train wreck” is being charitable – it was more like a train derailing on a bridge, tumbling a thousand feet into a canyon and landing on a pile of old dynamite and gas drums. And then a jumbo jet crashed into the flaming wreckage. Followed by an earthquake that caused the whole mess to slide off a cliff into the sea, where the few miraculous survivors were eaten by sharks.


And let's not forget they had to bump the about-to-explode story of McCain's campaign manager being exposed as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Freddie Mac.

OF course those are the rational excuses for this behavior when it might just be McCain's insane need to be the knight in shit-covered armor. Or his gambling problem.

12 comments:

Bob said...

Ouch. I couldn't listen anymore.

Ever watch a sitcom and it's just so stupid, so lame, so poorly written, that you are embarrsed for the makers and actors of the show to the point where it is painfull to watch?

That is the Palin interview.

angie said...

What is so sad about this, is that it makes women look bad in general. See, when you put a woman on the ticket it hurts the ticket. No, when you put an incompetent, not very bright PERSON on the ticket it hurts the ticket.

Can you believe this whole suspension thing. What a jackass.

And we stayed up to watch Letterman. He based McCain a zillion times throughout the show. You don't lie to Dave in person and then get away with it.

Mr Furious said...

Palin is the double-whammy, Ang. A totally inept representative of women, and in constant need of shielding because of that.

No better way to demonstrate "it's a man's job."

She's not breaking the glass ceiling, she's adding storms to it.

Gigs said...

That was painful. "I'll try to find ya some and bring 'em to ya"? Seriously?

Red State Blues said...

So, I think in this post we have found the core reason why McCain wants to duck the Friday debate. Here's his idea:

Let's use the date for the Veep debate for the Pres debate we're about to postpone. We can do the Veep debate at another (as yet undetermined but preferably after Nove 4th) date.

Yeah, that'll fly. After seeing this interview, it strikes me that there are not enough days between now and the election to get her prepared adequately.

Wonder what McCain's next excuse will be now that the "deal" is done.

Bob said...

"What is so sad about this, is that it makes women look bad in general. See, when you put a woman on the ticket it hurts the ticket. No, when you put an incompetent, not very bright PERSON on the ticket it hurts the ticket."

I can see how you would feel this way, but as a white male who works under a woman, who works under another woman, who works under another woman, who runs my workplace, I think there are way too many smart women out there who provide positive examples of bright people who do great jobs in their positions of power.

Fortunately, my daughter has a lot of female role models to choose from. Palin, just isn't one of them.

Toast said...

I have to hand it to Couric: She was not settling for bullshit answers. I love that she called her out on that bit about "Americans aren't waiting to see what Barack Obama's going to do." "Really? What makes you say that?" And then citing the poll numbers. Awesome.

DED said...

What is so sad about this, is that it makes women look bad in general.

It made Couric look smart so it's a total loss.

But as for Palin's "performance" in the interview... the thought of her being a heartbeat away from the presidency... I can't do it. I can't even think of it. The concept alone is utterly terrifying. If it becomes reality, W's hold on the title of Worst President Ever will be in jeopardy.

DED said...

That should be "it's NOT a total loss."

Rickey Henderson said...

Rickey's got to give credit where it's due: Couric definitely stepped it up in the interview. Which of course was totally unreciprocated by Palin talking to her like she was an Special Olympics bronze medalist.

Smitty said...

Rickey's got to give credit where it's due: Couric definitely stepped it up in the interview.

And I think Couric was the right person for the interview. She didn't let Palin get away with a non-answer, but didn't come across as a badgering male dominant.

angie said...

Yes, Katie did a good job. So I agree that did help. Go Katie!

I hope Bob is right. There are many good examples of smart women. Bet I am still resentful McCain chose her rather than a smart woman. There are some smart Republican woman he could have chosen.