“You can’t blink.” — Sarah Palin, September 11 2008
A transcript won’t do it. You have to watch Sarah Palin blink, blink again, stammer, blink yet again, fudge, insert boilerplate and finally just make stuff up when asked a simple question: “Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?”
Someone who is truly ready to be President should a man in his seventies unsurprisingly become incapacitated or die would have an answer to this. The Bush Doctrine has been discussed by name for years. Apparently, Sarah Palin has not been paying attention.
Even if Sarah Palin could not describe the “Bush Doctrine” before today, she should have been able to do it today, today of all days, the day when the newspapers have broken the story that George W. Bush has made use of the Bush Doctrine to order cross-border raids on Pakistan. But no, Sarah Palin was not apparently following the news today, because she still didn’t know what the Bush doctrine was.
Heck, as the video shows, she couldn’t even answer “yes” or “no” when asked the substantive and very presidential question about whether cross-border raids into Pakistan would be permissible in her view.
A deer in the headlights is not a president.