Judging from what I have seen, so far there’s something for everyone in Charlie Gibson’s ABC interview. For Sarah supporters, there’s the determination that she’s ready and unwavering commitment to Georgia. For detractors, there’s her apparent puzzlement at the mention of the Bush Doctrine.
The anticipation over the interview and what would be asked was rivaled only by whether Tina Fey will make an “Saturday Night Live” cameo to play her this weekend.
It’s hard to make conclusions about Palin, and Gibson, for that matter, when so much of the interview is left unseen. It’s coming out in dribs and drabs. But save for a really major screw up or confrontation, I can only see how this is good for the McCain campaign, because it buys them even more days of Palin-fascination.
But as much as liberal bloggers are ready to pounce on Gibson for not being hard-hitting enough, as if this will be the only chance for the media to actually interview the vice presidential candidate (and perhaps it might), what is missing is why more hard hitting questions are not being asked of McCain, and not his advisers or surrogates, about his “Sex Ed” ad this week, which has been widely discredited. The latest is Jake Tapper, who calls its claims that Obama advocated teaching sex to Kindergartners “false.” Instead, McCain seems to be trying to distance himself from the harsher aspects of his own campaign, which has launched a barrage of attack ads against Obama this week.
At a forum on service today, he praised Obama’s work as a community organizer, and tried to dismiss the snarky way that Palin and Rudy Giuliani characterized the work last week at the RNC.
McCain said, “Look, Gov. Palin was responding to the criticism of her inexperience and her job as a mayor in a small town. That’s what she was responding to. Of course I respect community organizers. Of course I respect people who serve their community. And Sen. Obama’s record there is outstanding.”
Update: McCain is called out on the ads in an appearance on “The View.”
One comment: Some people have mocked Sarah Palin’s voice — what I would call the twang of the Yukon. I would say this is one of the most endearing aspects of Palin: it’s motherly, it’s authentic and it’s just the same type of accent that I once had when I grew up in Minnesota. (The suburbs of Minneapolis, however, and not a small town).
Some more stories from the day:
Speaking of “SNL,” Barack Obama will appear on the show’s season premiere.
Roger Ebert dismisses Palin as the “American Idol” candidate.
And Ebert writes on the candidates’ favorite movies.