Sunday, September 28, 2008

Thursday talk radio update

Dave Rye noted that Joe Biden had said that Franklin Roosevelt went on television after the stock market crash of 1929 to explain what was going on to the American people. Two problems: Roosevelt wasn't president, and TV didn't exist.

If Sarah Palin had made a similar error, Rye said, the MSM would have been all over it -- thus showing their liberal bias.

He's right about the reaction but wrong about the reason. Everybody knows that Biden talks faster than his brain works. But everybody also knows that his brain works pretty fast. Although he says dumb things on a pretty regular basis, he's not a dumb guy. Everybody understands this, and it's not that big a deal.

But Palin remains largely unknown. When she says something dumb, that's news (although less so with each occurrence). So when she indicates that she thinks the founding fathers wrote the Pledge of Allegiance, especially when she does it in a candidate questionnaire into which she has presumably put some time and thought, it's a little scary.

And it ought to scare conservatives as much as it does liberals.

3 comments:

Chuck Rightmire said...

Good comment, but you're not spelling her name right: it's Sarah Agnew-Pain.

Anonymous said...

When I see and listen to Sarah Palin, I am reminded of Judy Martz. Palin's latest interview with Katie Couric was reminiscent of the Martz years: answers that start with one topic, run down about 7 different rabbit trails and end up leaving everyone confused. Just listen to Palin's answer on the $700 million bailout. Who says that this woman is in any way prepared to lead this country out of its worst financial mess in 80 years? and prepared to lead the world's strongest military? No. Hell to the No. No way.

Mark T said...

Reagan was the apparent president while he battled Alzheimers - it was an illusion. The president is an image projected on a screen by skilled PR people. Palin could do that as easily as Bush.