September 26, 2008

Parker on Palin

With a friend like Parker, who needs enemies? Money quote:
Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.
This ignores a crucial distinction.

To be unready for prime time is not necessarily to be out of one's league.

(Notwithstanding some interleaved constructive advice, Kathryn Jean Lopez piles on:
And, frankly, if it turns out that the “authentic” Palin of rallies and the Republican convention is just good speech delivery in a woman with some good spirit, I want to know that sooner rather than later
To repeat, unready for prime time is not the same as out of one's league)

1. I'd been looking for 44-year-old Palin to get on the national stage in 2012, 2016 or later. Given achievements like her successful negotiation of a new Alaska pipeline, I believed she could climb the learning curve by that time. However, her early entry runs the risk that she may get permanently discredited before she gets her bearings.

2. Gibson and Couric were overtly and covertly hostile, but were they unfair? Palin's pit-bull-with-lipstick joke was a challenge to bring it on. Well, they brought it...

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