Is it surprising? Somewhat. If you look at many national interviews she's done in the past as Governor of Alaska, she performed much better than her outing this week with Couric and ABC's Charlie Gibson of two weeks ago. And when you consider that up until the financial meltdown, nothing dominated the news cycle more than the nation's energy woes – an issue that she's comfortable chatting about – she had a lot of practice. In those interviews anyway, she looked poised and confident.
Couric and the Maverick
Poised and confident is not how she looked with Couric. On Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Couric asked Palin for an example of where McCain has led the charge for more oversight. Says Couric, "[McCain's] been in Congress for 26 years. He's been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation – not more."
Palin: "He's also known as a maverick though. Taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party."
Couric: "I'm just going to ask one more time, not to belabor the point – specific example in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation."
Palin: "I'll try to find you some, and I'll bring 'em to ya."
As those last words fumbled from her mouth, you know she was saying, "Get me out of here."
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