Never one to let an open wound go unsalted I decided to see how the die hard conservatives at Townhall.com were reacting to all the coverage of Palin’s shaky performance with Katy Couric. This article was posted this weekend and offered some fairly biting criticism of Palin. The article is okay but what really is worth your attention is the feedback below it. On some level these people must realize that Palin is a performing poorly. Most of them I’m sure could name a half dozen people they would prefer in the VP slot for their party right now. But, the mental gymnastics they display to convince themselves and others that she’s just the one for them is stupendous.
These first quotes are from people who say they didn’t think Palin performed poorly in the Couric interview:
[li]I have found Sarah Palin to be highly intelligent, incisive, and articulate. One who can answer succinctly while realizing she’s being interviewed by a biased, “gotcha” person/question. And all the while radiating authenticism, trust and honesty. [/li][li]Yes, some of the replies of Palin as cited by Kathleen Parker are circular with no firm answer obtained. Yet I believe it is done with intent, just as every other politician does when they don’t want to be nailed by a loaded question. [/li][li]I watched the interview too. Palin was NOT incoherent. She was direct, spontaneous, and HONEST . . . within the context of her own beliefs. [/li][li]In the recent sit-down interviews, many of her comments seem restrained and bridled, but I beleive that 's because she’s been coached to stay as neutral as possible. I don’t agree with this strategy, but I don’t think it’s becuase she has no idea about topics of economy and foreign policy.[/ul][/li][/quote]
This next group appears to have taken the attitude, “So she’s dumb, who like a know-it-all anyway?”:
[li]It’s all about her character, perspective and abilities.I don’t really care if she has every detail correct. What I do care about is that she has the major goals correct and is steadfast in achieving them. [/li][li]I’m not saying Sarah’s perfect. But as my successful employer husband says, Give me someone with heart, and the rest will take care of itself. He has worked with those who have too much by way of “brains”, and sees where the real value lies in people. [/li][li]You are so used to hearing BS that when a genuine response of ‘i need to get back to you’ is given, you find it to be inadequate. Which begs the question - does a president need to know all the answers to be effective? NO.[/li][li]To dismiss the best candidate of the four because she isn’t as smooth or slick as the talking heads isn’t a liability, it’s a huge plus. She sounds like us.[/ul][/li][/quote]
This last one is my personal favorite:
With they way they pick candidates the GOP might just put his devotion to the test someday.