". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sarah, Charlie, and the Bush Doctrine

Shame on Charlie Gibson, not for asking tough questions of Governor Palin--those are appropriate for someone seeking the office of Vice-President of the United States--but for his condescending, "smarter-than-thou" attitude as he looked out over the rims of his eyeglasses and down his nose, talking to and treating the Governor as if she were some naive and silly schoolgirl who should be honored to be sitting in his class at an elite academy. I haven't watched Charlie Gibson in a long time, but my memory of him on Good Morning, America is much better than what I witnessed on 20/20 Friday night. There was neither a sense of respect for Mrs. Palin nor any sort of attempt at a balanced interview but instead a series of efforts to "out" the Governor for the nitwit Gibson apparently thinks she is. Not surprisingly, the consensus seems to be that Mrs. Palin held her own against Gotcha Gibson quite well and that in fact he was the one who came off looking uninformed, not her. The question that has received the most attention is the one in which Gibson asked the Governor if she agrees with the Bush Doctrine. The MSM (mainstream media) are making much of her hesitation and seeking of clarification before answering the question. But Charles Krauthammer, the first person to use the phrase "Bush Doctrine," points out here that it has gone through at least four different definitions and that the one Gibson ended up providing was not even the most common current usage. The Wikipedia article on the Bush Doctrine defines the term as encompassing various of Bush's foreign policy principles and cites one book that discusses six--not one--Bush doctrines. So maybe it's Charlie Gibson and not Sarah Palin who needs to hit the books a little more before attempting to discuss foreign policy.

Having said that, I expect that someone as new on the national scene as Mrs. Palin is does have a lot to learn. And as well as I think she did in the interview, I would agree that she is not as conversant on some subjects as others. But I have no doubt that she has the intellect to master all the subjects that as Vice-President she will need to command, and I am sure that the McCain campaign is working with her night and day to bring her up to speed. What is more important to me than a perfect command of the facts is to be able to vote for someone--whatever the office--who understands America's greatness and has its best interests at heart, who is of good character, who is smart and principled, and who shares my beliefs and core values. And I believe the Governor--and her running mate--is all those things. What she needs to learn, she is learning, and she will continue to do so. (I do hope, along with Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Corner, that as the McCain handlers work with Palin they don't create a more controlled, careful and plastic Sarah. A big part of her appeal is her honesty, frankness and yes, spunk . . . sorry, Melody!)

In case you didn't get to see the interview, here's a full transcript. By the way, it has come out that ABC did some interesting editing to the interview. Mark Levin has details.

5 comments:

Susan said...

>who is of good character

And after electing Clinton who was (even during the time of his first presidential campaign) full of charisma and questionable in character, we saw the results. Even if you agree with the platform, even if you desire what is promised by the candidate, character matters!

Although I am not altogether thrilled with GWBush's socialism, he had more honesty, integrity, and character than his presidential opponents (who both, by the way, also promised even more socialism than Bush did). And comparing character in the four people up for Pres/VP, I think there's a significant differentiation ... even if some of McCain's liberal policies make me uncomfortable.

Character matters. And the tenor of the campaign in the last couple of weeks have really given us a chance to see the character of the candidates exposed.

elephantschild said...

Thanks for the run-down on the interview. I've been meaning to go hunt down clips of it since I couldn't watch it on TV.

elephantschild said...

And, now that I've a least read portions of the transcript, I'm laughing at the way she kept saying, "Now, Charlie..." ROFLOL.

Michelle said...

I agree with you that Gibson was very condescending. His interview style completely turned me off. There was not a bit of respect shown. I found the editing done by abc with various clips thrown in at "opportune" times to be very one-sided and aimed at spinning the interview yet again the way the liberal media would like for it to go. I guess if they can't outwit Palin, they'll try their editing spin.

The sad thing is that many people fall for that garbage!

Evan said...

"What is more important to me than a perfect command of the facts is to be able to vote for someone--whatever the office--who understands America's greatness and has its best interests at heart, who is of good character, who is smart and principled, and who shares my beliefs and core values."

Ah, another small-"r" republican.