Friday, September 12, 2008

The ABC Interview

I was going to do a long post on the ABC interview, but James Fallows over at The Atlantic has just done it way better than I could. He specifically nails what is so unacceptable about Sarah Palin's potential proximity to the presidency, based on her responses in this interview. In short:

The truly toxic combination of traits GW Bush brought to decision making was:

1) Ignorance
2) Lack of curiosity
3) "Decisiveness"

That is, he was not broadly informed to begin with (point 1). He did not seek out new information (#2); but he nonetheless prided himself (#3) on making broad, bold decisions quickly, and then sticking to them to show resoluteness. We don't know for sure about #2 for Palin yet -- she could be a sponge-like absorber of information. But we know about #1 and we can guess, from her demeanor about #3. Most of all we know something about the person who put her in this untenable role.


Julie said...

Don't even get me started on the interview. For those who haven't seen it, you should watch the video clips because the transcripts don't completely capture how unprepared she looked for that question. I look forward to day two.

A said...

Thought you might enjoy this clip on youtube of Craig Ferguson's rant before his show.