Friday, October 03, 2008

There's No There There

New York Times columnist David Brooks seemed almost giddy with delight (particularly in comments on PBS) at the unexpectedly un-weak performance of Sarah Palin in the vice presidential debate.

"Where," he asked, "was this woman during her interview with Katie Couric?"

Same woman, different format.

Katie Couric gently but determinedly brushed aside the governor's non-answers, and brought her back to the question posed. Unable to summon a coherent response, Ms. Palin spouted nonsense.

In the debate, Ms. Palin cheerfully answered (and not all that well) not the questions that were asked, but instead the ones she had rehearsed.

It's obvious which woman is the real Sarah Palin.

Copyright (C) 2008 James Michael Brennan, All Rights Reserved


At Sun Oct 05, 08:05:00 PM, Anonymous Terry Brennan said...

Let me get this straight, Mike. So you are judging Sarah Palin based on an interview with gotcha questions and a debate where she took control and looked confident doing it in getting her message out. That’s pretty shallow for even you. It seems like you’ve been drinking a heavy dose of the kool aid again.

Maybe you should take a look at what she has done. But then you would have to compare her record to that of Joe Biden. Most Democrats don’t want to do that. Just in case NPR or the New York Times doesn’t give you this information, let me fill you in.

1. Executive experience. Let me remind you that the President of the United States is an executive position. That’s experience running a business or government. She has more of this then either Barak Obama or Biden. She was elected to two terms as Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska and served from 1996-2002. During her tenure, she reduced property tax levels while increasing services and made Wasilla a business friendly environment, drawing in new industry.

She was elected Governor of Alaska in 2006.

2. Fighting corruption including that of members of her own party. She served as Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 to 2004. She resigned in January 2004 in protest over unethical violations of another commissioner and also the Governor and the Attorney General. These people were all member of the GOP.

Since being elected Governor, Palin had championed ethics reform throughout her election campaign. Her first legislative action after taking office was to push for a bipartisan ethics reform bill. She signed the resulting legislation in July 2007, calling it a "first step" declaring that she remains determined to clean up Alaska politics. So far three legislators have been indicted including Sen Ted Stevens.

3. She has also drawn criticism from Republican legislators over her spending cuts. She is not afraid to use her veto pen having cut $237 million in 2007 and $286 million in 2008.

4. Her biggest major achievement just 2 months ago was the signing of the bill to
build and operate a pipeline to transport clean natural gas from the North Slope to the Continental United States.

Seems to me like there's a lot there!


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