Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Understatement of the year

Howard Kurtz in yesterday's WaPo, politely describing Sarah Palin's deficiencies as a VP candidate:

Although some journalists say privately they are censoring their comments about Palin to avoid looking like they're piling on, pundits on the right are jumping ship. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough says Palin "just seems out of her league." National Review Editor Rich Lowry called her performance "dreadful." Dallas Morning News columnist Rod Dreher described the interview as a "train wreck." Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker urged Palin to quit the race, saying: "If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself."

The interview is drawing extraordinary attention because of the McCain campaign's calculated decision to shield Palin from reporters. No vice presidential nominee in modern history has been this inaccessible to the media, reinforcing the perception that she can't hit major-league pitching.
Sorry Howard, you're pulling your punches here. When Tina Fey can get pant-wetting guffaws by quoting the first part of the Palin-Couric interview verbatim, it's reported that Palin can only name 1 Supreme Court decision (do Alaskan public schools not offer any courses in US history or civics?) and even you are expecting the rest of Palin's interview will provide more fuel for the fire, it's quite obvious that Palin isn't even in the minors - she's in the T-ball league (and she has a pretty crappy batting average there).


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