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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Katie Couric Questions Sarah Palin

posted by on September 24 at 17:20 PM

When the un-teleprompted Palin talks, I can’t help but think of that dig from E. M. Forster’s Howards End—the character Helen talking (page 22 of the Penguin edition): “I felt for a moment that the whole Wilcox family was a fraud, just a wall of newspapers and motor-cars and golf-clubs, and that if it fell I should find nothing behind it but panic and emptiness.”

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Oh, Jesus Christ. Kill me.

Posted by Anthony Hecht | September 24, 2008 5:30 PM

First off, yay for quoting E.M.! Secondly, is she a box of rocks or what? Maddening. Simply maddening. I love at the end she says "I'll get back to ya!" Or whatever nonsense she speaks.

How on EARTH can someone look at the McCain/Palin ticket and think it's a good idea to vote for them? It's irresponsible.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | September 24, 2008 5:31 PM

God damn, this woman is so fucking stupid! She's like a deer in headlights. I cannot WAIT until the VP debates, she's gonna get slaughtered like the moose she killed last sunday.

Posted by Homo Will | September 24, 2008 5:31 PM

Anyone else see the straight-to-DVD Anchorman sequel? There's a scene very much like this one in it.

Posted by Dougsf | September 24, 2008 5:31 PM

You can't always walk AND lie

Posted by 4f...sake | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM

Why did they even THINK it was a good idea to choose this woman as their running mate?! She repeated the same thing twice at the beginning of interview. Then when asked to give an example of a time he voted for MORE regulation, she gave the example that Katie Couric already gave and told her not to use!!! AHHHHH!!!!

Posted by Scottie Yahtzee | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM

let's have a round of applause for christopher dodd, who gave obama his talking points and made mccain hang himself.

Posted by whooo | September 24, 2008 5:37 PM

Why is the US political system so broken that people as inanely dumb as Sarah Palin even able to move beyond the office of Mayor of Wasilla?

She is as dumb as a box of hammers and would seem to have the political skills of said box.

She prattles on about how John McCain is a maverick and yet when pressed is incapable of outlining anything he has doneto desrve the tag that he and his team invented.

When presented with the fact that the polls say Obama has increased his lead as a consequence of the crisis she starts waffling.

She seems to think (as did a lot of conservatives in the last election here in Australia) that the polls are lieing simply because they want the poll figures to be the way they want them to be.

I hope that the fate of McCain & Palin is the same as that of the conservatives here last year (a complete rout and destruction at the polling booths.

Posted by Malcolm in Sydney | September 24, 2008 5:39 PM

Does anyone else get the sense that she believes Fannie and Freddie are real people?

Posted by Paul Constant | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM

"Today, acknowledging that her career was sliding anyway, CBS News anchor Katie Couric PUNCHED GOV. SARAH PALIN IN THE FACE during an interview. When asked about her motivation, Couric replied, 'I just couldn't stand to hear that woman pull more bullshit out of her ass.'"

Posted by Bub | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM

OH MY GOD. I was avoiding watching this until I read the comments and then I couldn't resist. She is obviously really an idiot. It's beyond shocking. Even for a Republican!

Posted by whatevernevermind | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM

I want to cry when Sarah Palin talks. She just elicits such an uncomfortable feeling -- simultaneous fear and pity.

Posted by mattymatt | September 24, 2008 5:52 PM

Come on people, she was walking and talking at the same time! You can't do TWO things at once! I noticed she became 10 times calmer once they sat down.

LOL, what a friggin' idiot this woman is.

Posted by kebabs | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM

Frankly, Couric does the best job of being a REAL journalist that I can recall. She actually notices when a question has been avoided and responds appropriately. Good for her!

Posted by John Pontoon | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM

So seriously, though -- the supposed poll numbers showing Obama only 4 points ahead of these retards have *got* to be wrong, haven't they?

Posted by Just Sayin' | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM

My dear Frizzelle,

The Forster quote that comes to mind when I see Palin is, "England for me!"

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | September 24, 2008 6:04 PM

I keep having flashbacks to my spelling bee days whenever I hear her in a Q&A, especially the Charlie Gibson one. She speaks and it sounds like a delaying tactic.

"What do you think about [X]?"
"Can I have a definition?"

Posted by Chris B | September 24, 2008 6:06 PM

Wow, her voice is sounding really choked and wheedling, like even she can hardly bear to keep up this charade any longer.

Posted by banjoboy | September 24, 2008 6:06 PM

Thank you, Katie Couric. Seriously.

Posted by David Schmader | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM

So seriously, though -- the supposed poll numbers showing Obama only 4 points ahead of these retards have *got* to be wrong, haven't they?"

Never underestimate racist idiots, dear. That's the ONLY reason McCain would win, and the country is full of them.

You know, I've been thinking: Should McCain actually win this thing, I intend to start a business that is relentlessly and obsessively geared towards separating bigoted morons from their money: Think the Harriett Carter Catalog, only schmaltzier, and with worse quality junk.

I'm thinking I'll start by getting a truckload of gravel, and start selling them as Holy Land relics: Ancient Stones Trod Upon by Our Lord, authenticated by some made-up religious organization. Three stones to a bag, $5 a bag, plus shipping and handling.

I'll then expand into a line of Sarah Palin wigs.

Who's in it with me? It would be delicious!

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | September 24, 2008 6:23 PM

Seriously you guys, she is much whiter than Obama. How can you not vote for her?

Posted by Gurldoggie | September 24, 2008 6:29 PM

i dare you to listen to 4:45-5:15 and not think of Nigel Tufnel

Posted by W.T. Foxtrot. | September 24, 2008 6:30 PM

"I'll try to find some and bring 'em to yah."
Oh. My. God. She's auditioning for "Fargo II: We're All Headed for the Woodchopper".

Posted by Frentic | September 24, 2008 6:30 PM

Katie Couric tried, with moderate success, not to talk down to Mrs. Palin. I give her major points for that.

What a fucking ignorant, shell-shocked, bubble-headed woman Sarah Palin is.

The View gives the best John McCain interviews and Katy Couric has the best Sarah Palin interview to date. I might actually start watching their respective programming on a regular basis.

Posted by mj | September 24, 2008 6:32 PM

The women will bring her down. It has to be this way. Andrew Sullivan, Joe Biden, none of them will be able to do it without looking like big ol' meanies. But put Palin up against Naomi Klein (in my dreams!), the View, even frigging Katie Couric who actually looks like a serious journalist here -- and Palin has no excuse. She's toast. She knows it. Her whole performance collapses when she can't get anyone to be her girlfriend-mommy-buddy to gossip and bitch with her, or go ga-ga over her hotness. When she loses that?

NOTHING THERE. Only another woman will be able to expose her so completely. Katie Couric has done it. She deserves a huge career boost from this.

(I bet Palin can't wait for this to be over so she can get her book deal and go home. She's giving up caring for her own children for this, you know?)

Posted by toadmommy | September 24, 2008 6:55 PM


If Obama doesn't just trounce McLame/Painful in the election, then something is seriously FUCKED in the universe.

I mean every f-bomb that I dropped.

madness. madness!

Posted by bearseatbeats | September 24, 2008 6:59 PM
Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | September 24, 2008 7:04 PM

When Palin talks I've got to keep sharp objects away from me so I don't jam them into my ears without warning.

To think, I favored Matt Lauer over Katie...

Posted by Leslie N. | September 24, 2008 7:10 PM

There is a teensy sliver of my brain that feels bad for her. I mean, she is humiliating herself on a national stage.

It couldn't possibly get much worse than that first part of the interview when they were walking. She repeated the exactly same talking point, word for word. After like a 10 second pause trying to come up with something else to say.

The "what are the pros and cons of a moratorium on foreclosures" question was excellent. Try to get her to speak intelligently on an issue that anybody could see she knows nothing about. Good job, Katie Couric.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 24, 2008 7:12 PM

she's just not getting that just saying something doesn't make it true...

Posted by sepiolida | September 24, 2008 7:15 PM

Nothing there. Nothing. She is empty.


Posted by homage to me | September 24, 2008 7:18 PM

But Julie (29), does she even realize she's humiliating herself? I don't think so. I think she thinks she's doing a damn fine job of showing us Lower 48ers how great the Secessionist State of Alaska can be and what fine, upstanding hockey mom/pitbull citizens it can produce. Those little moments of pursed lips? She's thinking it makes her look as though she's seriously considering the question, not as though she's about to take another punch to the face. And I'm willing to bet that she really believes 99% of the voting public can't see through the way she avoids actually saying anything.

Posted by Calpete | September 24, 2008 7:31 PM

Charles Gibson, I hope you're ashamed of yourself. You got trounced at journalism by the lady who used to host dog tricks on the Today show.

Posted by Jessica | September 24, 2008 7:41 PM

This really is insulting. I'm a terrible speaker, and I cannot communicate my thoughts well (this post will prove it). Still, I pay close enough attention to politics that I could have come up with some bullshit boilerplate answer that would have been exponentially better than Palin's. It doesn't just tell me that she's unqualified and has no idea what she's talking about--it also tells me that she paid no attention to national politics whatsoever prior to Rove selecting her. Hell, she even admitted that she really knew nothing more about the surge than what she heard a few times on the news.

Posted by sleestak | September 24, 2008 7:48 PM

Katie Couric is trying so, so hard. She's talking to Palin like she's a dense and bullying 12 year old. Which she is.

Posted by Garth | September 24, 2008 7:55 PM

it's like a polar bear crapped an iceberg in my brain!

Posted by nyargh | September 24, 2008 7:57 PM

I see her sitting back in her hotel room with a bunch of her idiot friends watching the interview broadcast and saying, "And look what I pulled out of my ass here! Ha! I'm winging it, and it works!... ... ... Um, how the Hell did I get here?!"

Posted by mmmHmm | September 24, 2008 8:03 PM

did anyone else see sharon osborn go after palin this morning on the ellen degeneres show? because she's a brit she can get away with saying things american celebrities cannot easily say outloud about polititions. she was funny and obnoxious and spot on with her comments/criticisms. it's not on youtube, so maybe someone recorded it? it should be posted!

Posted by grace | September 24, 2008 8:22 PM

Palin sounds like I did giving my first speech in Freshman speech class. Scared to death and just hoping it will end. I love the way Katie Couric keeps bringing it back to the questions she hasn't answered.

Posted by Carol | September 24, 2008 8:26 PM

Sharon Osbourne on Sarah Palin

Posted by Cat | September 24, 2008 8:38 PM

thanks, cat. I spelled sharon's name wrong when I went to find it. not as fun as it was this morning, after my first bong hit, but good nonetheless.

Posted by grace | September 24, 2008 8:43 PM

Nails on chalkboard.

Posted by lorinyc | September 24, 2008 8:49 PM

So, does anybody else think that McCain is skipping the debate only as an excuse to drop the VP debate? Biden is going to make mincemeat of this woman. Yes, Biden makes mistakes, but he really does know his stuff. Hell, Palin couldn't even come up with McCain-Feingold campaign regulation as an example of being a maverick. Does she know anything about his record other than Vietnam?

Posted by spudbeach | September 24, 2008 8:52 PM

Rick Davis can't "recuse" himself because he's not a judge.

Posted by Curmudgeon | September 24, 2008 9:07 PM

Oh jesus, she's got nothing. NOTHIN!

Posted by monkey | September 24, 2008 9:15 PM

Palin says that McCain is is pragmatist? A pragmatic person would go ahead with the bailout despite the fact that the victim is the one forced to pay for the repair of the damage from this issue. Palin brings up how unfair it is to make the tax payer pay but that is not a pragmatic point of view on the issue.

Posted by asd | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM

"Secondly, is she a box of rocks or what?"

"She is as dumb as a box of hammers..."

"She is obviously really an idiot."

Please, people! This is not fair to the rest of the idiots and boxes of rocks & hammers.

Posted by blackhook | September 24, 2008 9:40 PM

This was the single most pleasurable Slog-comment-reading-experience I've ever had. Isn't it wonderful how we ALL can get behind hating this woman and all that she stands for?

Posted by melissa | September 24, 2008 9:42 PM

Not only does she have no depth, but she doesn't know that there is such a thing as depth.

Posted by Pert Minus | September 24, 2008 9:43 PM

I think she's running for Miss Teen USA.

Posted by monkey | September 24, 2008 9:51 PM

@20; I didn't know what Harriet Carter was, so I googled it. I was browsing through their offerings and found this. Classy merchandise.

Posted by Justin J | September 24, 2008 9:59 PM

She doesn't look to polls to see what American people are thinking at the end of the day... she must be able to see directly into our living rooms! Dear god! I need to stop sitting around in my underpants.

Posted by Genelle | September 24, 2008 10:08 PM

This is clearly a vast right-wing conspiracy to make George W. Bush look like a brilliant public speaker.

Posted by Chip | September 24, 2008 10:10 PM

After Justin's post, I have to say to Catalina -- call me, girlfriend; JoeMyGod'll vouch for me. I'm an ordained minister in the Church of the Latter-Day Dude, so we can roll them rocks around in my back yard and it'll be true that they're from holy land. And when it comes to wigs? Hoo boy -- I can tease kanekalon with the best of them.

Posted by Calpete | September 24, 2008 10:15 PM

I feel like sending Sarah Palin a sincere note, thanking her for her massive contribution to the Democratic party. She may as well wear an Obama button on her lapel.

McCain and Palin are fucked, and everyone knows it.

Posted by kerri harrop | September 24, 2008 10:38 PM

I've met more world leaders than Palin is, but I'm not such a dumbass that I think I should be VP - and real soon once McCain kicks it, President.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 24, 2008 10:48 PM

Just remember (for surprise christmas gifts) who launched the fake Sarah Palin quotes into the blogosphere (quoted TWICE by Maureen Dowd and once on SNL). Yes, that would be me. And it wasn't that difficult to satirize this wingnut biblebator. It's nearly axiomatic.

Posted by Bob | September 24, 2008 10:50 PM


Posted by Will in Seattle | September 24, 2008 10:51 PM

I'm already an Obama voter (as is the vast majority of Slog readers), so it doesn't really matter how I react, but...

Doesn't this interview make Katie Couric appear dramatically more capable of being vice president than Lady Guv?


The implosion that is the McCain campaign continues...

Posted by oneway | September 24, 2008 10:52 PM


I had the same thought, clearly Couric is vastly more qualified to be President of the United States. And you can see the disbelieving pity in her eyes for this lost lipsticked puppy dog. You have to wonder (assume?) too if Couric felt insulted, that they thought Palin was the best they could do.

Alaska is some really weird screwed up state... I'm finding out way more than I wanted to know.

Posted by cracked | September 24, 2008 11:13 PM

Holy fucking shit.

No wonder McCain wants to cancel the VP debates. Now we know why she hasn't been allowed to do any real interviews for the last month. She's even dumber and more inept than Dan Quayle was, and that is not easy.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | September 24, 2008 11:19 PM


Ehh, all right. I'll take two points, ah, two flats, and a packet of gravel.

Posted by COMTE | September 24, 2008 11:28 PM

No wonder why they're trying to cancel the debates.

Posted by Trevor | September 24, 2008 11:32 PM

@63 - no, that is because Comrade McCain had a stroke this week.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 24, 2008 11:36 PM

She's toast. That's all.

Posted by Back to Alaska, bitch | September 25, 2008 12:01 AM

I......Can't......Catch.....My.....Breath! I laughed so hard, man that made my day! Well, ya'll know how hard it is when you haven't got a brain, as the scarecrow would say! .....and, dear Cat @ 20, I'm thinking we can get some chunks of cement and scratch some unreadable words into them, and say we discovered some long lost religious tablets? Since Sarah believes dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago, I think we can pull this off, or at least make a ton of money before we have to leave the country. (Yeah, I know that dinosaur quote is fake, but it's close enough to the truth!)

Posted by DZ | September 25, 2008 12:05 AM

I know why Mccain is taking a break from the campaign right now - he is kicking the ass of who ever in the hell talked him into picking this moron.

Posted by Sad Comment | September 25, 2008 12:08 AM

Palin is regressing. I kept waiting for Palin to accidentally call Couric "Charlie."

Posted by superyeadon | September 25, 2008 12:11 AM

If it weren't for all the terrible, horrible things about Sarah Palin, I'd damn near feel bad for her.

She is so far in over her head, it's positively shocking. And someone put her there. If I were her, I'd be pissed at that person for making a fool out of me.

All that said, she could've said "no," of course.

But holy shit, that was unbelievable.

Posted by cranky | September 25, 2008 12:16 AM


Of all of these wonderful comments, this one made me laugh the hardest.

Talk about a moose in the headlights!

Posted by Mr. X | September 25, 2008 12:40 AM

We won't support spine-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November !! Go Hillary 2012 !!

Posted by clintonsarmy | September 25, 2008 1:21 AM

Please make it stop. The entire "politics as a reality show" culture just simply has to stop. They don't make drugs or scripts strong enough to get me through a Palin-McCain administration.

Posted by noknownname | September 25, 2008 2:43 AM

Jesus. I could do a better job of being McCrazypants's pretend Vice President than she's doing.

And @71, you exist in a pathetic little fantasy world.

Posted by Miles | September 25, 2008 3:25 AM

63 -- In that speech he gave announcing his campaign suspension, he did look like a stroke survivor -- I thought that as soon as I watched the clip. His left eye seemed a little lower and slower. Something was off.

Posted by Judith | September 25, 2008 4:43 AM

Holy God, she sounds like the president of some high school booster's club explaining why the cheerleaders need new uniforms. I mean, Christ.

Posted by raisedbywolves | September 25, 2008 4:51 AM

Oh my fucking gawd. What, Miss South Carolina wasn't available to be our potential second in command? Holy fuck.

Couric's contempt for this twit is oozing out of her pores. It's hilarious.

"What are the pros and cons, do you think?" Trying to force her off-script. Beautiful.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | September 25, 2008 8:10 AM

I don't think Palin came across well either, but all of this talk of Biden making "mincemeat" out of her at the Veep debates isn't reassuring. Remember Lloyd Bentsen's disembowelling of Dan Quayle at the 1988 Veep debates? There was no doubt beforehand that Bentsen would wipe the floor with Quayle. And he did. But who won the next two elections?

Don't get me wrong. I still think this is Obama's race to lose. But we can't depend on the failings of Sarah Palin to win this for us.

Posted by Will in 98103 | September 25, 2008 9:45 AM

actually, just the next one election. and i have to think having quayle around had much to do with that.

Posted by infrequent | September 25, 2008 10:44 AM

Who would have thought we'd see the day when someone makes Dan Quayle look smart & prepared?

Of course, our current president makes Nixon look like an altar boy. At least Tricky Dick was a self-made man, and actually earned his degrees!

Posted by Sir Vic | September 25, 2008 11:41 AM

My only hope is that IF McCain gets elected this happens: He dies, Palin becomes president, the people revolt, then someone bags her and hits her on the head with a hammer. Then Nancy Pelosi can be president.


Posted by Mad Maxine | September 25, 2008 6:18 PM

I have to disagree with you. Sarah Palin is a very smart women. You need to watch her with Sean Hannity. It was great. She has only been doing this for 3 weeks. go back and watch obama's interviews 19 months ago and you can see who actually looks stupid. The media wants her to fail. They look down at her because she's a women. and she stands for values the liberal media can't understand. I think people are going to be surprised at the vice-president's debate. Even Bill clinton had nice things to say about her. But enough of these stupid questions. Ask questions about what her job will be as vice-president, and the economy and issues that matter.

Posted by dt | September 25, 2008 9:32 PM

@81 - The media look down on her because she can't put one single coherent sentence together when she's asked a question. What she thinks are sentences frequently lack either verbs or subjects or both, make no sense, and sound as though they've been plucked off half-remembered flash cards. The media look down on her because she's a creature of the Jerry Springer school of executive experience, got her post-graduate degree from Maury Povich, and thinks Susan Lucci is the most elegant woman in broadcasting. The media look down on her because she's a liar and a tool not "because she's a women".

Posted by Calpete | September 25, 2008 9:50 PM

What if George W. Bush and Sarah Palin had a child? Would it be dumb beyond any known measuring scale, or would the negatives cancel and the child be absolutely brilliant? I guess this is a job for dim-cell researchers.

Posted by Bushbashinbastard | September 26, 2008 5:50 AM

They need to tighten Sarah Palin's ponytail.

Posted by Miss Poppy Hussein Dixon | September 26, 2008 8:59 AM

ďIím just going to ask you one more time Ė not to belabor the point.Ē A.) Belabor: argue or elaborate (a subject) in excessive detail: belabor the obvious. B.) Point: an argument or idea put forward by a person in discussion: he made the point that economic regulation involves controls on pricing. Was Katie Couric making a point, or was she asking a question? Beyond the two pertinent and most recent examples of John McCainís record, was Katie eliciting information in excessive detail, or just murdering the Kingís English? Ms. Couric did in fact ask for a list, and Ms. Palin offered to provide it. Whatís the correct answer? Youíre right Katie, John is an obvious fake and Iím totally clueless. Díoh! Sorry for not being more straightforward, but itís moose hunting season. Come-on up to the cabin; you can see the Kremlin from the roof. Iíve got two new moose hats, one for both you and Charlie Gibson:

Posted by Peggy McGilligan | September 26, 2008 2:45 PM

Katie Couric is a total idiot! I would have smacked her if she kept asking the same fucking question I just answered.

Palin just seemed nervous.

Bottom line, Faced with hardcore liberal bullshit journalism. She did Ok. Mostly in the fact that she didn't punch the bitch out.

I'm so tired of watching liberal journalists play softball with Obama and go out of thier way to try and make McCain look bad! It's crap and somebody needs to step up and call them on it!

Posted by NormalGuy | September 29, 2008 8:56 PM

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