Beating around the bush

Up until this point I have kept my mouth shut in public about my views on Sarah Palin.? One might think that as a mom who just bought her son his first pair of hockey skates I’d be fervent supporter of a hockey mom who might make it to the White House.? If you watched that interview by The Melon you would know that I am no fan of McCain.? I may have voted Republican in past years, but not this year.

My grandfather taught me to never argue a point unless you know your facts, be able to argue the pro and con, and do your research.? Unfortunately, there is so much stuff out there it is hard to do research and know what is true.? The only thing that I take for fact at the present time is by watching candidate speeches and interviews to listen to what comes directly out of their mouths.? Information put out by a candidate’s own office is obviously skewed to highlight their strengths.? Information put out by an opponent’s office is usually there to put down the other guy.

I don’t want to get into a political war about Sarah Palin vs. the Polar Bears or whether or not she wanted to ban books.? I want to point out one tiny little thing that I noticed a few weeks ago that any person with two brain cells to rub together would see as total beating around the bush.

First watch this little clip from an interview conducted by Charlie Gibson (please pay no attention to the comments or the person who posted the clip).

You may have watched it, as I had, during the Good Morning America or ABC nightly News.? I will also say that I have quite a bit of respect for Charlie Gibson.? He is an excellent reporter, and gets down to business.

But here’s what I want you to notice.? Gibson asked Palin if she agreed with the Bush Doctrine.? Palin’s response is no where near what the Bush Doctrine actually states.? In fact, Gibson then proceeds to explain to Palin what the doctrine is.? Illustrating that she doesn’t know what the Bush Doctrine is.? When asked if she agrees with it she talks more words around it and doesn’t answer the question.? He asks her a third time (and what would have made it even better is if he talked slower and louder) if what she is saying is yes, she agrees.? She never says she agrees, but her words (and there are so many of them) are screaming yes.? Yes we should have the right to attack third party people in a country without their permission.

What bothers me about this particular video is afterwards (on GMA) there was some discussion with, what we refer to in our house as, the talking heads.? News agencies often have both McCain and Obama supporters.? One person said, “well there are probably 500 people in Washington who don’t know what the Bush Doctrine is.”? My immediate response is, “but those 500 people aren’t running for Vice-President of the United States.? 2 seconds later Chris Cuomo says the same thing.

Again, I’m not here to debate abortion issues or economic policy.? I’m just pointing out one little thing.? I have a hard time believing that a woman who is potentially one step away from the Presidency has no clue about our current government’s foreign policy beliefs.

And don’t even get me started on the abstinence thing.

10 Comment

  1. I’m all for a hockey mom being vice president or president for that matter. Just not this hockey mom. I have a laundry list of reasons that she scares me a little but to your little point – yep. If she didn’t know what the Bush Doctrine was before (which I believe begins All Hail King Bush) she certainly should have been schooled in it quickly by the McCain people.

    It also burned my butt when the McCain people said that the reason she hadn’t given many interviews was because the press wasn’t treating her with the correct level of “respect and deference”. If she can’t handle tough questions from the press she has no business running a state let alone the country. And they would never request that a man be given respect and deference. Grrrrr…

  2. I’m not a fan of McCain, but I do respect the man based on his experience. He’s been around. He knows things…I can’t say the same thing about Palin. She just seems to lack everything…I mean, there isn’t a prominent Republican female suitable for the office?

  3. DebiP says: Reply

    there is nothing good to say about much of this election other then the amount of great sound bites that will be played over and over again and again…

    and Elle we are on the same page totally…that does not surprise me.

  4. Heather says: Reply

    Well lets just say that usually before interviews the ones being interviewed are typically “briefed” on the topics/questions/etc that are going to be discussed so they don’t look like total idiots…..she must not have been listening and getting high on the hairspray that holds her wacked out-I-want-to-look-like-a-highschool-hairdo that never changes EVER. AND NO she never answers the question, she doesn’t know what it is and answers it as so. The doctrine plain and simple is that Bush has the right to declare war without the vote of congress. Just because you have been a POW and in a war doesn’t give you more experience to run a country. Plain and simple.

  5. Heather says: Reply

    The bush doctrine does say other stuff too, but that the meat of it.

  6. […] all, I actually know what the Bush Doctrine is.? Ok, we’ll let it […]

  7. Rhonda says: Reply

    I agree with you. Absolutely.

  8. Heidi says: Reply

    Scary. Very scary.
    Very very scary.
    Very very very scary!

  9. do you really know what the Bush doctrine is because there are several bush doctrines out there and what country wouldn’t allow pre-emptive strikes (this particular doctrine which goes way back to founding of the nation) to protect themselves? Israel does it often and Iran threatens it often.

  10. Elle says: Reply

    This Bush Doctrine.

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