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.