The Perfect Palin Response?
September 9, 2008
Source: News Week
Everyone seems to know how they feel about Alaska Gov. (and newly minted Republican vice presidential candidate) Sarah Palin. Everyone, that is, except the Obama campaign.
According to a recent ABC News poll, her positive ratings soar to 85 percent among Republicans, 81 percent among her fellow evangelical white Protestants and 74 percent among conservatives–with just a quarter of Democrats agreeing. But in the week since Sarah Barracuda joined John McCain’s ticket, Chicago has sent out nothing but mixed signals. First came an aggressive statement from spokesman Bill Burton slamming the Arizona senator for “put[ting] the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.” A hour and a half later, the campaign corrected course, issuing a second quote from both Obama and his running mate, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, that characterized “Governor Palin” as “an admirable person” who “will add a compelling new voice to
this campaign.” Since then, Obama has called her “a fine mother and up-and-coming public servant” one day and questioned her qualifications–“I’ve been through this for 19 months; she’s been through it, what, four days so far?”–the next. In the meantime, he’s authorizing top aides to label the Palin a “skilled politician” who’s “deft on the attack” and “looks like she would fit in very well” in Washington, D.C., while simultaneously claiming that “Obama has decided to avoid directly engaging her and will instead keep his focus largely on McCain.”