TPJ: Hmm. How is it "gotcha journalism" when the questions came from an average voter "when (as Marc Ambinger at The Atlantic) a ropeline comment by Joe Biden about clean coal gets turned into two [McCain attack] ads?" We are not talking about questions from a partisan pundit here, we're talking about an average American trying to decide who to vote for. Getting out on the trail which is how running for office words, you get difficult questions and part of deciding which candidates are better prepared for office is the answers to those questions.
It was a valid question, this isn't remedial school for presidential candidates or golf where you can get mulligans. This is a seriously demanding job interview for the two highest jobs in the land and we can't afford to play these childish games. You know she can't hold her own when you have to try and explain away every gaffe and inadequate answer to questions by saying those questions are all "sexist," from a "biased media" or a "gotcha question." If she can't even handle a voter's question then how would she be able to handle questions from the White House press corps? If she doesn't want to answer the tough questions then she needs to go back to Alaska. And the hits keep on coming from the Palin:
According to Politico, CBS is holding back a clip of the VP candidate flummoxed when asked to name key Supreme Court decisions apart from Roe vs. Wade. Of concern to McCain's campaign, however, is a remaining and still-undisclosed clip from Palin's interview with Couric last week that has the political world buzzing. The Palin aide, after first noting how "infuriating" it was for CBS to purportedly leak word about the gaffe, revealed that it came in response to a question about Supreme Court decisions. After noting Roe vs. Wade, Palin was apparently unable to discuss any major court cases. There was no verbal fumbling with this particular question as there was with some others, the aide said, but rather silence.
TPJ: So let me get this straight, she wants to be a possible president, leader of our government and yet doesn't understand one of our most important branches of government? The Supreme Court? Yet the guy [Obama] who has a constitutional law degree isn't qualified? It's upside down world folks. She would be in a position to appoint judges to the court and yet knows nothing it appears of what the court has done or does to greatly influence our society. You'd think she'd at least know the case that gave the 2000 election to Bush. I want a potential vice-president to have a least a basic knowledge of the highest court in the land and she can only name one case. She is a classic example of the failure of our education system to teach civics like use to be done.
A new Colorado poll shows that my home state now shows Obama leading McCain by 5 points according to an average of several polls. Barack was only ahead by 2 last week in the Centennial State.
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