Where’s Sarah?

3 comments September 5th, 2008at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Gee, after her acceptance speech supposedly went over so well (and the McCain one was painfully godawful), you’d think the McCain campaign would want her appearing all over the place.  Eh, not so much…

Well this is interesting.  Chuck Todd dropped a little bombshell this afternoon.

CHUCK TODD:Well Ron, We’ve been able to see that there are a few folks who are saying [Palin is] actually going to hole up in Alaska for a little, she’s got to see her son off who’s going to be deployed to Iraq, so we may not see her on the campaign trail for a little while.

RON ALLEN: Yes she hasn’t been home for a long time, and she’s obviously got some business to deal with there.

Hole up in Alaska?  I was thinking to myself after her polished but snarky performance at the Republican National Convention, “I wonder who will get the first interview?”  Because obviously, questions need to happen. Nobody even knows who she is. She read one prepared statement twice in a row, and then gave a speech written by Bush’s speechwriter.  Unless you’re on the internet searching compulsively for YouTube videos of obscure Palin moments in churches and assembly meetings, or diving head first in to the blogosphere, you haven’t got a clue.

Don’t get me wrong.  I understand the desire to see your child off as he heads to Iraq.  So do thousands of other parents who are shipping children off to Iraq.  I mean, I hate to be rude, but don’t you have anything else you need to be doing?? You will potentially be one heartbeat away from being commander in chief of the armed forces.  Shouldn’t you be out there telling people why you think you can do that job, and earning the trust of the nation that is turning over their own sons and daughters to fight this war?  Can’t the hug good-bye happen now??

Very strange.  Is she laying low until all of her various scandals (which the McCain campaign totally vetted and knew about because it’s Very Competent) blow over, is she attempting to clean up the fallout from said scandals, or (this is my favorite), is the campaign stashing her out of sight because she makes McCain look so bad by comparison?  Or is it just possible that they realize that she’s kind of a turnoff to the normal people who don’t think meanness is cool?

Whatever the case, it doesn’t make any strategic sense to hide her light under a bushel now that she’s established herself as a Republican cult hero.  Something fishy and embarrassing is going on.  Then again, with Palin and McCain, I guess that’s kind of a given anyway…

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,McCain,Palin,Republicans

3 Comments

  • 1. bill  |  September 5th, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Just wanted to say congrats on the game. I didn’t get to see it at all really (maybe two plays, Randal El caught one across the middle.) so I can’t say I know anything about how awful it was.

  • 2. Spear and Magic  |  September 5th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Isn’t the most likely explanation that the campaign thinks she needs to go to school before she can handle an interview? That’s the rationale I’ve heard for it. Until she’s ready to answer those tough questions from Larry, Wolf, and Brit, she can’t very well just go out on the stump, read her prepared speech over and over again, and refuse to talk with the press. (Note that this attitude is compatible with McCain’s camp thinking that she’s bright, a quick study, etc. It’s presumably not compatible with thinking that she was ready to be President—or even to campaign for Vice President—on the day they chose her.)

  • 3. Eli  |  September 5th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Just wanted to say congrats on the game. I didn’t get to see it at all really (maybe two plays, Randal El caught one across the middle.) so I can’t say I know anything about how awful it was.

    The Giants started out *incredibly* sharp on both sides of the ball, but they were never quite the same after that long Rock Cartwright kickoff return and quick score at the end of the half. Burress and Jacobs were pretty consistently good, though.

    Isn’t the most likely explanation that the campaign thinks she needs to go to school before she can handle an interview?

    Yeah, that’s also a reasonable explanation. Still kind of weird that they seem to be secreting her out of sight, though. Maybe it’s Undisclosed Location practice or something.


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