Kudos to The Stranger for elevating the discussion of Sarah Palin's there-less performance with Katie Couric on CBS last night:
When the un-teleprompted Palin talks, I can’t help but think of that dig from E. M. Forster’s Howards End—the character Helen talking (page 22 of the Penguin edition): “I felt for a moment that the whole Wilcox family was a fraud, just a wall of newspapers and motor-cars and golf-clubs, and that if it fell I should find nothing behind it but panic and emptiness.”
A couple of excerpts from the interview transcript:
1. "Not necessarily this, as it’s been proposed, has to pass or we’re gonna find ourselves in another Great Depression. But there has to be action taken, bipartisan effort — Congress not pointing fingers at this point at ... one another, but finding the solution to this, taking action and being serious about the reforms on Wall Street that are needed." (Source: Gail Collins, "Bring on the Rubber Chicken," New York Times, Sept. 25, 2008.)
2. "We have trade missions back and forth. We-- we do-- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to-- to our state." (Source: AmericaBlog, "Blithering Idiot," Sept. 25, 2008.)
I knew it was a mistake to hire Miss Teen South Carolina to be Palin's media coach.