Archive for September, 2008

Fareed Zakaria: Palin Is Ready? Please.

Fareed Zakaria has a powerful piece in Newsweek on why Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president. He quotes from her interview with Katie Couric:

COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That’s why I say I, like every American I’m speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it’s got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it

Posted at 10pm on Sep 27, 2008 | no comments
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Random number

First spotted on, followed up in Forbes:

…some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy.

It’s not based on any particular data point,” a Treasury spokeswoman told Tuesday. “We just wanted to choose a really large number.”

Yup, that’s the way to govern. Just pick a very large sum of money at random and throw it at the problem.

Posted at 7am on Sep 26, 2008 | no comments
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Twitter Updates for 2008-09-25

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Posted at 11pm on Sep 25, 2008 | no comments
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Palin’s incoherence

Frankly this is less than I would hope from in a Vice Presidential candidate. I’d expect a modicum of what I call “joined up thinking,” which is my term for a coherent sequence of thoughts expressive of reflection and communicating understanding.

Katie Couric: Why is it much more challenging there? Can you explain that?

Sarah Palin: The logistics that we are already suggesting here, not having enough troops in the area right now. The… things like the terrain even in Afghanistan and that border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where, you know, we believe that– Bin Laden is– is hiding out right now and… and is still such a leader of this terrorist movement. There… there are many more challenges there. So, again, I believe that… a surge in Afghanistan also will lead us to victory there as it has proven to have done in Iraq. And as I say, Katie, that we

Posted at 1pm on Sep 25, 2008 | no comments
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Advice for the McCain team

I’m not prone to offering advice to politicians, but having see a partial transcript of Sarah Palin’s waffling style of interview I cannot hold back.

John, in preparing Sarah for interviews there’s one important point you seem to be forgetting: she will be asked for specific examples to illustrate points she’s trying to make. It looks bad when she’s asked for specific examples, waffles endlessly hoping that if she talks for long enough the interviewer will forget that he/she has asked a question, and then has to confess to ignorance.

Here’s a prime example of Sarah doing just that:

Palin: Consumers – and those who were predator lenders also. That’s, you know, that has to be considered also. But again, it’s got to be a comprehensive, long-term solution found … for this problem that America is facing today. As I say, we are getting into crisis mode here.

Couric: You’ve said, quote,

Posted at 12pm on Sep 25, 2008 | no comments
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