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Palin and McCain Sit Down with Katie Couric


Sarah Palin sat down with Katie Couric again, to explain the answer she gave to a Temple University student over the weekend (I posted it here yesterday), but she brought along her babysitter to make sure she didn't say anything naughty.

Apparently valid questions from American voters are "gotcha journalism" when your candidate gives an answer that makes you look like a fool.

And if valid questions from regular voters in pizza places are "gotcha" journalism, then what's hijacking the entire election cycle for 24 hours by making illegitimate accusations over a 'lipstick on a pig' comment?

I guess that's being a slimy Republican.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Andy, on a sidenote, this election coverage is bringing out some of your best writing. Keep it snarky!

    Posted by: jason | Sep 30, 2008 8:23:38 AM

  2. Jason, "snarky" is neither the point nor the intent, and certainly not what Andy is doing. Rather, he is offering his criticism in a mature and literate manner. I do agree, however, that politics is a subject about which Andy's writing excels. Keep it up Mr. Towle.

    Posted by: rudy | Sep 30, 2008 8:34:07 AM

  3. If this is an example of "gotcha journalism" then what do you call McCain's charge against Obama for saying virtually the same thing? A "Gotcha" debate tactic?

    Posted by: voet | Sep 30, 2008 8:40:02 AM

  4. if sarah just got up and did a chicken dance i wouldn't be surprised.

    Posted by: j | Sep 30, 2008 8:43:21 AM

  5. Palin can't name 1 single SCOTUS case other than roe vs wade (that one because she wants to get rid of it)


    You would think a repub would at least also know about BUSH vs GORE


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 30, 2008 8:58:31 AM

  6. Excuse me, but isn't "slimy Republican" redundant? At least in this election cycle?

    I have Republican friends at work who are dismayed by their party's tactics. Like yesterday when more than 2/3 of the Republicans voted against the bailout and they blamed the Democrats.

    And by the way, is McCain going to suspend his campaign again now that the bailout and the economy are in more danger than even last week?

    Posted by: Brent | Sep 30, 2008 9:07:54 AM

  7. What a brazen display of fatuity. Watch as McC twidles his thumbs and quivers his lips as his chosen VP candidate veers once again perilously close to going off-message, despite intensive re-indoctrination by his staff.

    "Gotcha journalism?" Only the most partisan hack would agree with that lame characterization. Good for Katie calling them out. She has really stepped up her interviewing skills with this faux campaign and bubble-girl candidate. (It appears that Katie had a successful perkynectomy!)

    The VP debate should be interesting--and perhaps decisive--as La Palin strings together buzz words and verbal winks at the audience. Cute is not what America will choose when we are at war and the economy is tanking. One hopes that Biden is able to control his logarrhea so that La Palin hangs herself with her own ineptitude. He merely must pin the unpopular wars and the looming devastating recession on the Republicans and their candidates.

    Please control your rhetorical flourishes Joe. Just let Palin be Palin. That is enough to frighten the "Undecideds" into overcoming their prejudices and voting for the Dems.

    Posted by: rudy | Sep 30, 2008 9:10:26 AM

  8. So any time she talks to anyone now it's "Gotcha Journalism"? OK at least now i understand it. Is this week's debate going to be a "gotcha" as well?

    Posted by: Frank | Sep 30, 2008 9:12:31 AM

  9. Is he going to sit beside her at the debate too?

    Posted by: David D. | Sep 30, 2008 9:13:35 AM

  10. Hey, you're all being mean and sexist! Americans should no better than to ask questions of their monarchs in waiting! Do you people think we live in a democratic Republic? Do you think that Americans actually deserve intelligent, articulate leaders?

    Posted by: noah | Sep 30, 2008 9:35:37 AM

  11. CNN

    Just caught the tail end of CNN claiming mcshame is talking about suspending his campaign (never actually did) again.

    Damn, he is such a gambling addict. It didn't work last time and he wants to roll the dice again.

    Of course it would all be about canceling the VP debate.

    If the debate goes through then look for the ear piece and battery pack for a radio device. Bushs' battery pack was so evident 2004 under his jacket and strapped to his back.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 30, 2008 9:47:03 AM

  12. Wowee! Thaynks, Dad fer comin' to the rescue an all. I was sooper scyared that that mean ol' Vice-Principal Couric was gonna yell at me again fer bein', oh ya know, such a gashdarn, sassy idiuht. Yer right, Dad, she's just jealuss of my bein' sooper cute and a former second-place Miss Alaska at that, so that she just doesn't keep her eye on the ball an' ask the questions that are nice and that voters really wanna hear.

    Hey, Dad? Couldya remoov yer hand now out from up my asshole? I think the puppet show is over fer now...

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Sep 30, 2008 9:53:56 AM

  13. It is a bit humorous to watch McCain sit there grinding his teeth and grimacing as she talks.

    Posted by: Andrew K | Sep 30, 2008 10:10:29 AM

  14. YAY...only two more days till the VP debate. I wonder if he'll be in the front row giving hand signals!

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 30, 2008 10:28:50 AM

  15. As frightening as this story continues to be, I still believe many in the party's base agree with this rationalization. I actually am concerned about the VP debate because Palin has the ability to play victim, and many will look at Biden as the big bad wolf.

    Posted by: Larry | Sep 30, 2008 10:38:15 AM

  16. It looks like McDouche is going to reach over and snap Palin's neck when she does not hit the talking points they drilled into her al night. Then after he jumps in with the 'what was it a pizza joint' line, you can see them both start to grin. Man are they so transparent.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Sep 30, 2008 10:39:49 AM

  17. Maybe he thinks Palin's a cunt too.

    Posted by: Mars Attacks | Sep 30, 2008 11:05:38 AM

  18. I think it's hilarious to watch Katie Couric interview Palin. She obviously hates her and doesn't let her get away with *anything*. Go, Katie!

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 30, 2008 11:16:13 AM

  19. It seems towleroad has grown a set with this incisive commentary.

    I'm loving it!

    Posted by: JJ | Sep 30, 2008 12:52:25 PM

  20. JJ - I am sure Andy has a fine set; those are hanging orbs of wisdom.

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | Sep 30, 2008 1:17:39 PM

  21. So Palin, foreign policy and military expert, knows that you don't just shout out your military tactics in public, yet does just that on the street in front of the cameras that she loves. She could have said, "I don't think it's appropriate to get into the detail of that in this venue."

    And what did she learn? There's "gotcha journalism"...from voters. WTF?

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 30, 2008 1:50:57 PM

  22. "...I am sure Andy has a fine set...."

    Yes, and they aint bat wings either.

    I don't think old McCain has bat wings--it's dry in Arizona. Humid as hell here in the east...bat wing country.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 30, 2008 2:15:41 PM

  23. mccain may not have batwings, but his arid balls probably hang to his knees. i just grossed myself out.

    Posted by: nic | Sep 30, 2008 4:33:09 PM

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