I wish I could study this hard: Sarah Palin says she reads everything:
There you go: Gov. Palin reads more newspapers and magazines than the entire South Dakota blogosphere combined (and South Dakota is quite the litte microcosm of America itself, you know).
This question (repeated twice like almost every question Couric poses to Palin) shouldn't even provoke a blog post. It's not a gotcha question. It's not even hard. This is puffball stuff. Ask me, "What newspapers and magazines do you read?" and I'll say, "Oh, Madison Daily Leader, New York Times, Harpers, a little Economist..." and we move on to more policy questions.
Instead, Palin says "Most of them"? "All of them"?! I only say that if I'm being a wiseguy.
Instead, Palin turns a simple question into another shining example of, at best, her brittle defensiveness, and at worst, her blithering idiotry... neither of which are characteristics America dares put in the room to negotiate with Putin. (Oh, but wait: not a problem, since the McCain Administration won't even meet with our allies, like Spain.)
Sarah, you have a degree in journalism, so you should know this: sometimes, a simple question is just a simple question. You don't have to twist every answer into a pre-emptive strike on some imagined slight. Using every question as an opportunity to vomit back a steaming mass of poorly digested talking points only makes things worse. Just answer the question. It's not that hard... is it?
"I think she has pretty thoroughly — and probably irretrievably — proven that she is not up to the job of being president of the United States."
—David Frum, conservative columnist, former G.W. Bush speechwriter, in Adam Nagourney, "Concerns About Palin's Readiness as Big Test Nears," New York Times, 2008.09.29.
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