Palin on Thin Ice

September 24, 2008

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With today’s kerfuffle over the media being kept away from Sarah Palin’s meetings with foreign leaders — like there was a risk she’d answer their shouted questions? — I’ve been mulling over Colby’s post about the Hannity-Palin “100 percent pure infomercial” interview. I watched both nights, then read the transcripts, and I think the interview hasn’t gotten nearly the attention it deserved. While I agree with Colby’s assessment that the audience was “treated to a political advertisement aimed at serving the interests of the Republican presidential ticket,” I think the Hannity love-fest offered a valuable look at Palin, perhaps more revealing because she was on such friendly territory. For all the softballs Hannity tossed her way, Palin did not come off very well, in my view. If this was a political commercial, I wasn’t buying the product.

The way she answers questions brings to mind — I have Alaska on the brain, admittedly — the image of a polar bear, jumping from rhetorical ice floe to ice floe, drifting some but eventually managing to get safely to dry land. No flubs, but you get the sense that she could plunge into the icy water at any moment. Palin has an odd tendency to use the same word twice in a sentence, as in, “The people of American realize that inherently all political power is inherent in the people,” or, about John McCain, “He can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.” Or, combining word repetition with another Palin verbal tic, word dropping, this about the economic meltdown: “Well, you know, first Fannie and Freddie, different because quasi-government agencies there where government had to step in because the adverse impact all across our nation, especially with homeowners, is just too impacting.”

Ok, not everyone is Daniel Webster. Palin isn’t the first politician to dwell in the land of anodyne clichés such as, “We sort of have a do-nothing Senate right now where nobody is really wanting to pick up the ball and run with it.” Yet I always got the sense listening to George W. Bush tying himself up in rhetorical knots that his problem was more in the nature of getting the words to come out of his mouth correctly, not so much that he didn’t know what to say. Palin — I’m not so sure.

An Alaska friend tells me that Palin has always benefited from being underestimated. Maybe I’m doing that. Maybe I’ve been around polished politicians too long to appreciate the unvarnished authenticity that obviously appeals to many voters. But there’s no Palin interview I’ve listened to, before or after her selection, that gave me the sense that she had anything but a millimeter-thin understanding of the issues facing the country she hopes to help lead.

Consider this exchange.

Hannity: What is our role as a country as it relates to national security?

Palin: Yes. That’s a great question, and being an optimist I see our role in the world as one of being a force for good, and one of being the leader of the world when it comes to the values that — it seems that just human kind embraces the values that — encompass life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and that’s just — not just in America, that is in our world.

And America is in a position because we care for so many people to be able to lead and to be able to have a strong diplomacy and a strong military also at the same time to defend not only our freedoms, but to help these rising smaller democratic countries that are just — you know, they’re putting themselves on the map right now, and they’re going to be looking to America as that leader.

We being used as a force for good is how I see our country.

Whew. Made it to the other side of that one.

Can’t wait for the debate. I bet it will be impacting.

McCain v. Obama – Let Us Know Who You Want To Win


One Response to “Palin on Thin Ice”

  1. chaesone said

    Now Palin has experienced the invasion of her privacy by an identity thief.
    We hope the maverick Hockey mom Sarah Palin could fight against identity thieves. We need a reformer Palin for the action.

    In early August, 2007, Bank of America informed us forged checks for $8,000 as my wife wrote payable to my son Paul Sone. The thief printed it. We wanted a copy of it, but Bank failed to do so.

    We discovered another forged check for $1,250. Bank of America and Commerce bank honored it without verifying the signatures as if I made out payable to my son. We identified the forgery. A large amount was stolen from our legitimate account too. Now the bank demands us to pay more than $40,000 for the stolen accounts although their negligence allowed the thieves free lunch.

    Last month, the president of the Bank of America, Phoenix, Arizona got a default judgment over $14,000 against my son Paul Sone, following traverse hearings at Nassau County District Court, New York.

    However, the lawsuit was a fraud. He never lived in Phoenix. Someone opened an account in 2002 at the bank. The default judgment was for a delinquent debt on the account. He never received the bank statements and the summons and complaint. The bank gave to court Defendant’s false address at 471 N. Broadway, Jericho, New York

    Then, Michael A. Cammon, agent of BA, Brea, Ca.,
    falsely stated in the affidavit that the charges were correct in the lawsuit.

    Strangely the bank filed the lawsuit as Bank of America, Brea, Ca. But the bank in Phoenix, Arizona has the judgment.

    Questionably the Bank’s addresses Jumped to California from Arizona.

    The contradicting false addresses and information obviously indicate the false lawsuit based upon an identity theft under the lax bank managers.

    On September 3, we asked the bank to send us all the evidentiary documents on the account since 2002. It failed to do so.

    We never opened the account at Capital One Bank. Now it demands us over $18,000 to pay for the stolen account which has nothing to do with us.

    The banks threaten lawsuit against innocent us.

    Citibank, Chase, American Express promptly cleared the frauds at the initial reports. But Capital one, commerce Bank and Astoria Bank in chaos of identity thieves’ mongering.

    Five more like these costly fraudulent cases are pending against us at the Nassau county District Court.

    We have to go through the painful costly court proceedings.
    It seems that the banks and thieves target the elderly and minority victims.

    All of Our frauds reported to FBI, Fed. Trade commission, DA, police, etc. No help is coming from them

    The court is wasting time and tax payers’ money for these
    fraudulent lawsuits by the ID thieves which even elementary educated kids could probe to be false.

    The legal system is like “lipsticks on pig” if it is not an idiots’ comedy in an open land.

    We need a stronger law to protect the innocent victims against ID thieves.

    Who can reshape this ominous corrupt banking system in this society?

    Reformer Sarah Palin could do it as a maverick. Do it now. Multitude of innocent victims yarning for Hockey mom, palin’s action to conquer the thieves.

    Thank you very much.

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