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Where Are the Sarah Palin Press Conferences?

If like me you’ve been wondering where the Sarah Palin press conferences are, now we have our answer: the Sarah Palin press conferences are nowhere. The Sarah Palin press conferences are not happening. Journalistic interviews with Sarah Palin are not happening either. They will not be happening for the foreseeable future, either.

Want to guess why?

The McCain campaign says Sarah Palin’s not ready.

13 comments to Where Are the Sarah Palin Press Conferences?

  • Juniper

    If Sarah Palin is not ready to talk to reporters, how can she be ready to talk to the leaders of foreign countries? How on earth could she be ready to succeed John McCain as President if he dies or becomes crippled by disease?

    It is INSANE to vote for Sarah Palin and John McCain.

    If Sarah Palin isn’t ready to talk to journalists, then she shouldn’t be out on the campaign trail either.

  • EvilPoet

    She has time for fundraising.

    Palin: 30 Fund-Raisers in 60 Days: “Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will appear at around 30 fund-raising events in the next two months leading up to Election Day – about one every two days on average, officials with Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign said today.” http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/09/04/palin-30-fund-raisers-in-60-days/

    Also, I just stumbled on this. All I can say is, that was fast!

    Zondervan Announces New Biography of Sarah Palin
    http://religion.einnews.com/article.php?nid=955

  • Tom

    Well, it looks like more people watched the McCain acceptance speech than watched the Obama’s. If thsi is any indication that the American citizens have been hoodwinked once again by lies, misleading and doctored “facts” and accept McCain’s word as the agent of change (yeah, for the worse), we’re going to be in a world of hurt come January ’09.

  • JR

    Don’t let the McCain campaign get away with it. Call the McCain press office – (703) 650-5550 – and demand that Sarah Palin submit to press interviews.

  • Kirk A. Paulk, MD

    1) It is entirely reasonable that a person that was not planning on running for Vice Presdient, that has suddenly become a Vice-Presidential candidate, will need to get “up to speed” on foreign issues. Even outgoing and incoming presidents spends hours with each other getting caught up on details. To throw anyone out for press questions before they get this chance is insane. Your words, Juniper, are silly and immature, slightly hysterical, and really an embarassment to whatever group you belong to. You should be a more critical thinker and you should be more intellectually honest – if you have a real complaint about her, then state it. Your sort of inane blabber is best left to 8th grade debate team.

  • Jim

    My, my, my, you are a medical doctor! Shame that all those years of medical training didn’t inhibit your ability to speak out of your ass.

    See, you’re actually making Juniper’s point. Yes, it would be insane for anyone to answer questions about things they know nothing about. That is why it is insane for the Republican Party to be fronting an ignorant vice presidential candidate as the backup for an actuarially disadvantaged 72-year-old.

    Yes, it is entirely reasonable that a person that was not planning on running for Vice President and has suddenly become a Vice Presidential candidate would need to get “up to speed” on a number of issues both foreign and domestic… if such a person has no experience with them. That’s the difference between Joseph Biden, who was ready to talk about the issues the first minute he was selected as a Vice Presidential running mate, and Sarah Palin, who has been shuttled home to Alaska and steered clear of any circumstance in which anyone might possibly ask her a question. That’s the difference between “ready” and “not ready,” see. Joseph Biden is ready. Sarah Palin is not ready.

    The remedy for this lack of readiness on Sarah Palin’s part is to gain the necessary judgment and volumes of knowledge on history and law. Then she will be ready to be Vice President.

    Problem is, she’s got just 60 days left to learn all that pesky information and assimilate it so that she can express her judgment on the issues of the day before the American people, not just in canned speeches that she reads, but on her own, without a scriptwriter at her side, so that people can evaluate her judgment.

    Are you suggesting that she’s going to somehow become fully prepared to justify her ability to serve as President within the next 60 days if she’s not prepared for it now?

    Or are you suggesting that she’s going to just learn a few code phrases, memorize some lines from a script enough to try to fake it?

    The American people deserve a chance to evaluate Sarah Palin for who she really is and who she is really not and what she really knows and what she really doesn’t know. The elections are in less than two months. This is shit or get off the pot time. It’s not my problem if Sarah Palin is intellectually constipated — it’s Sarah Palin’s problem.

    And if you think it’s “juvenile” or “inane” or “hysterical” to ask for a basic awareness of policy issues and basic intellectual competence of a Vice Presidential candidate, if you think it’s “mature” and “reasonable” and “sensible” to have a Vice Presidential nominee who is bereft of these, then I think you need to visit a specialist who can perform an adjective inversion on you — stat.

  • Fred Little, Skateboard Champion

    Mr. Paulk, do you really believe that it is possible to tutor someone with enough understanding of domestic and foreign policy to enable them to be President in just 60 days – at the same time that that person is flying around the country to someplace new every day and giving campaign speeches?

    Gosh, then, I guess I am qualified to be President. Where do I sign up to take the course?

  • Kirk A. Paulk, MD

    Jim – “If Sarah Palin is not ready to talk to reporters, how can she be ready to talk to the leaders of foreign countries? How on earth could she be ready to succeed John McCain as President if he dies or becomes crippled by disease?” was Juniper’s opening line. I say it’s understandable that she would need to take some time to get up to speed on the vast array of foreign policy topics as would anyone suddenly thrust before the spotlights – so would you.

    “The American people deserve a chance to evaluate Sarah Palin for who she really is and who she is really not and what she really knows and what she really doesn’t know” were you words – and you are correct and reasonable in saying this. See Juniper, you can just say what you really mean.

    “And if you think it’s “juvenile” or “inane” or “hysterical” to ask for a basic awareness of policy issues and basic intellectual competence of a Vice Presidential candidate” – here, you went off the rails and became hysterical yourself…I do not think that. You made that up using my words describing Juniper’s rant. I think it is extremely important that the candidates have awareness and intellectual competence and I think those issues will be fleshed out in short order. Mrs. Pallin may not be up to it – it may be very embarassing and an utter failure to have chosen her. But, it should be decided based on her answers to tough questions about issues and about judgement – not based on a curveball question about a dictator or breakaway republic or something the average governor does not keep up with. You see, I’m saying that anyone would need to learn a great deal of details to even be able to talk about the issues and it is understandable that she was held under wraps for a few weeks. I didn’t ever say she could be hidden for long. I didn’t ever say there was a lot of time or even enough time for her to get up to speed. I didn’t ever say she was an excellent or even adequate choice. I just said that Juniper needed to be fair and less shrill in her message.

    You both have good points. You both may be 100% correct in what you think. I just think that in discourse, Americans could become more disciplined in their phrases and hyperbole. I think we all would do better to state the points, leave off the extra less sober comments.

  • Fred Little, Ambassador to Fiji

    Mr. Paulk, Jim isn’t running for Vice President – so it’s okay if he needs to be given special tutoring on foreign policy. Sarah Palin is being promoted as someone who will be ready to step in for the President of the United States right away just four months from now, so it’s really not okay for her to need education before talking to reporters.

    Given that only a few short weeks are left for voters to make up their mind, holding back access to a person offered to be Vice President is inexcusable.

    You say, Mr. Paulk, that our judgment of Sarah Palin should be based upon her response to tough questions – but that’s exactly what the McCain campaign is insisting NOT take place. They themselves say that Sarah Palin isn’t ready for it.

    Sarah Palin isn’t ready.

    Sarah Palin isn’t ready.

  • Jim

    I don’t think it’s understandable that a good candidate would need time off to get ready to be Vice President. I think it’s understandable that Sarah Palin would need to take time off to get ready to be Vice President. Of course she needs to take time off to get ready to be Vice President. She’s thoroughly unprepared, so she needs to take time off. Say, until 2012.

    The last time Republicans complained about “curveball questions,” it was 2000 when a reporter asked George W. Bush who the leader of Pakistan was. George W. Bush’s ignorance mattered. Sarah Palin’s ignorance matters now. If she can’t handle tough questions and she can’t handle curveball questions, she isn’t ready to be president.

    Don’t call people names for disagreeing with you, then ask for a higher level of discourse.

  • Darebrit

    Lies need preparation. The truth is instantaneous.

  • vaughn

    Is Sara Palin is unwilling to allow members of the media to ask her questions like every other politician or member of our government then she is not capable of being elected to any position whether as VP, governor or mayor of Wasilla.
    THIS IS A SERIOUS ELECTION and the candidates will be facing some major issues and problems to resolve including a major recession, collaspe of financial insitututions, war, security, health care. Is this person is unwilling to be asked questions about the issues of the day then I think she should stay in Alaska. McCain seemed like a good guy and I was having a tough time choosing between two candidates (actually i like both) but choosing someone who displays this arrogance to voters despite claims of being like the average person makes me think that he is just plain stupid. Two weeks ago I said when the annoucement was made Sara who? She is not ready to be president Mccain blew it!

  • Arlene Forbes

    “I told congress, thanks, but no thanks, for that bridge to nowhere!” Yes, we have every right to ask for better then repeated canned responses from a candidate. Don’t hold a press conference,though. Governor Palin should go on “The View.” That’s probably as close as she’s going to get to hell!

    Arlene

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