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Sarah Palin, VII

September 25, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

In the wake of Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric, Salon‘s Glenn Greenwald has done an about-face. Here’s one passage:

But Sarah Palin’s performance in the tiny vignettes of unscripted dialogue in which we’ve been allowed to see her has been nothing short of frightening — really, as I said, pity-inducing. And I say that as someone who has thought from the start that the criticisms of her abilities — as opposed to her ideology — were much too extreme. One of two things is absolutely clear at this point: she is either (a) completely ignorant about the most basic political issues — a vacant, ill-informed, incurious know-nothing, or (b) aggressively concealing her actual beliefs about these matters because she’s petrified of deviating from the simple-minded campaign talking points she’s been fed and/or because her actual beliefs are so politically unpalatable, even when taking into account the right-wing extremism that is permitted, even rewarded, in our mainstream. I’m not really sure which is worse, but it doesn’t really matter, because with 40 days left before the election, both options are heinous.

What seems most likely is that she’s perfectly conversant in the exceedingly narrow and parochial range of issues she’s concerned herself with as Wasilla Mayor and Alaska Governor — oil drilling on the North Slope, specific local budget items, corruption issues inside the Alaskan State GOP, and evangelical and religious matters. She really doesn’t seem to have any thoughts about anything outside of that — or if she does, she is suppressing them — and is thus capable of spouting little more than empty right-wing slogans.

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