Friday, September 12, 2008

Palin on Being Ready

Charles Gibson: "And you didn’t say to yourself, am I experienced enough? Am I ready?"

Sarah Palin: "I didn’t hesitate, no. "

Charles Gibson: "Doesn’t that take some hubris?"

Sarah Palin: "I answered him yes because I have the confidence in that readiness. And knowing that you can’t blink. You have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we’re on, reform of this country, and victory in the war. You can’t blink. So, I didn’t blink then even, when asked to run as his running mate."

While I am not really sure what “wired in a way of being so committed to the mission” actually means, I am sure that Sarah Palin should have expected a question like this. I find it sad that this is the best answer she could come up with.


  1. I agree that Palin's public relations answer was poor. Had she given her true answer: "I couldn't hesitate because this is my chance to grab the brass ring. It's my turn," she'd be back in Alaska bullying people again.

  2. Chaplain,

    I wish you were right, but I am beginning to believe that there is nothing she could say that her followers could not rationalize.

  3. I get this feeling she was prepped for this question, and one of the “catch phrases” discussed was for her to say, “You can’t blink.” Once in the spotlight, it was all she could remember, and so she said it over and over.

    It does not seem to be an idiom she used before (I haven’t seen it elsewhere) but here she used it three times in rapid machine-like fashion.

    And…er…shouldn’t we blink? I mean, being vice-president would be fun and all, but don’t we want someone who makes a careful consideration of her options rather than grab on to the brass ring? It was not like the Russians had just fired their ICBM’s and you have 30 seconds to decide whether to fire back. She was asked whether to be the Vice-presidential nominee. That can take 24 hours to consider.

    It is one thing if you are a handful of possible nominees. I would not care if Romney or Lieberman said “yes” right away—they were the types of individuals who would have expected such a call. But to call an unknown and toss out the question—shouldn’t she have thought a bit more about what it meant to her family? To the people of her state?

    Frankly, she tossed the people of her town, Wasilla under the bus as soon as she had a chance for higher office. Now she no longer has any interest in Alaska, except its proximity to Russia.

  4. Dagoods,

    That makes sense. Part of her problem was that she did not have any good reason for thinking herself ready other than the fact that John McCain thought she was ready so claiming that she gave it more thought would not have made her look any better.