For example, I would like Gwen Ifill to ask Palin to elaborate on her “I can see Rooshia from my bathroom window” position, not just give her a second crack at it by phrasing a neutral softball like “Could you tell us what you think the US should do, if anything, about Russia’s issues with Georgia?” that she’s being force-fed answers to right now. IOW, I want her to have to say that she didn’t answer that question very well the first time she got it, or that she did and justify it. I’m afraid that fairness and deference and bending over backwards will get Palin out of some tight spots she worked herself into, and I don’t think she (or any politician) gets to stick both feet in her mouth and then get a pass on her stupidity.
But I’m sure Pubbies would view my attitude as partisan, and would complain that bringing up her clumsy statements (or vapid statements) would be playing “Gotcha.” Am I correct in this? Is it wrong to couch debate questions as “Please explain your previous statement on…” for all politicians? Is there any “Please explain your previous statement on…” that’s appropriate to put to Palin on Thursday? Any that are not appropriate?