McCain’s proliferating Palin problems

Republican Presidential nominee John McCain’s Palin problems continue to mount as the gaffe-prone vice presidential nominee wanders aimlessly from one screw up to another, showcasing her lack of knowledge on foreign affairs, domestic problems and other issues facing the country.

Fresh off her embarrassing interview last week with CBS News anchor Katic Couric, Palin stumbled again this week when she was unable to name a single Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade that she disagreed with. After stammering about "many cases" that she said warranted review, Palin could not come up with a specific case.

McCain’s campaign has ground to a virtual standstill advisers diverted campaign staff into prep sessions with Palin for tonight’s crucial debate with Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden.

And the problems continue to escalate:

Reports Reuters:

Mocked by comedians, derided by prominent conservatives and reeling from flustered interviews with national media, Sarah Palin is proving a risky gamble in Republican John McCain’s quest for the White House.

"Palin is Ready? Please" a headline in Newsweek said this week of the moose-hunting Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, capping a turbulent week in which Palin’s fitness for the job came under growing scrutiny.

"Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president," Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria wrote.

"She is a feisty, charismatic politician who has done some good things in Alaska. But she has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is a hell of a time to start," he said.

The column could be dismissed as one of hundreds of biting news stories in the hard-fought race between McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, with less than six weeks before the November 4 presidential election.

But it follows a whirlwind of criticism and ridicule from Republicans and Democrats alike since interviews with CBS news anchor Katie Couric, Fox News’ Sean Hannity and ABC News’ Charles Gibson that raise question over her nomination and dealings with the media.

From CBS News:

PALIN: Well, let’s see. There’s –of course –in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings, there’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are — those issues, again, like Roe v Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know — going through the history of America, there would be others but–"

COURIC: Can you think of any?

PALIN: Well, I could think of — of any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a Vice President, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.

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  1. Malibu

    Gov. Palin did a remarkably good job last night. She was ready and able to take the questions and own them. This may work for Sen. Obama in the long run as he has been sounding a little too sure of himself these last couple of weeks. He needs to push harder for the middle class and the Oval office is his.

    I am put off by Palin’s folksy English as Pres. Bush has shown terrible use of the English language. Americans tend to use lazy English but the heads of state across the planet are aware of the lazy use of our own language. Good comments on this thread.


  2. sherry

    She looked so much better tonight sans editing. While she didn’t have the command of foreign policy that Biden did, she did better than Obama debating Hillary.
    I just checked Matthews, no thrills running up his leg, so I guess he is still in the tank for Obama.
    Obama has great difficulty speaking of teleprompter. Check out the YouTube of Obama when his teleprompter died at a town hall meeting. He looked worse than Palin in the Couric interview.
    Couric reminds me of a lady with whom I once worked. She was generally worthless but had the ability to convince the higher ups she was sooooo good at her job because she managed to make so many look bad. Gotcha was her motto.
    Finally, we learned to play her game. Yup, she’s history.
    Let’s see. Couric is consistently number 3, lower than Dan Rather. So her gotchas didn’t fix her ratings. oops.
    Buh bye Katie

  3. Nogood

    Maybe Palin will come out bra-less and this might take the men’s minds off of her “brain-less”. A real short mini-skirt might help too. I mean the woman has a huge task in front of her and she needs to employ every asset that she has.

    Seriously, she is pathetic. Has anyone here read the book, “The Peter’s Principle”? This book came out some years back and it really explains the situation that the Republicans are finding themselves with Palin. She has been pushed beyond her level of competence.