Thursday, October 2, 2008

Palin's enlightening views on Hamas

In a segment that hasn't aired on CBS yet, Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin about Hamas and Palin tripped all over herself trying to come up with an answer that sounded like gibberish. We should be getting desensitized to it by now, but it still evokes wonder that someone running for VP could be so uninformed. Here's their exchange:

Couric: What happens if the goal of democracy doesn't produce the desired outcome. For example, in Gaza, the U.S. pushed hard for elections and Hamas won.

Palin: [Head bobbing furiously up and down as if she understood the question] Yeah, well, especially in that region, though we have got to protect those and support those who do seek democracy and do seek protections for the people who live there. And you know, we saw today, here in New York in the last couple of days, a speaker, the President of Iran, Ahmadinejad, who would come on our soil and express such disdain for one of our closest allies and friends, Isreal. And we're hearing the evil that he speaks and if hearing him doesn't allow Americans to commit more solidly to protecting the friends and allies that we need, especially there, in the middle East, then nothing will. If Americans are not waking up to understanding what it is that he represents, then nothing is going to wake us up and we will be lulled into some kind of false sense of security that perhaps Americans were part of before 9/11.

Palin is the one who needs to wake up and either get a clue or listen to the question. Not only did she not answer Couric's question, she seemed to support Hamas' win -- Hamas was elected democratically by the people in Palestine, that was Couric's point -- by saying we need to protect and support those who seek democracy. Somehow from that response she launches into an incoherent, non sequitur about Ahmadinejad (she probably just wanted to show she could pronounce his name). She proceeds to refer to him as "evil" (remember the axis of evil anyone?) and ends the enlightening exchange by chastising the American public about needing to wake up to reality.

Here's a reality check for Palin -- you are way out of your league. Go back to Alaska, take care of your children, go hunting and snowmobiling, check the skies for Putin flying overhead -- do anything but continue to make a joke of this election.


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