CBShas released another clip of Katie Couric’s interview with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Tonight’s segment will focus on foreign policy — and judging from this clip, it’s a doozy. Take a look:
It would be very easy to rip on Palin for twice explaining to Couric that Alaska is literally near Russia and Canada, and generally not being very coherent — but I’m really starting to feel bad for her. I remember being on the McCain campaign press bus, leaving the rally in Dayton where McCain announced she would be his running mate. There was a spirited discussion among reporters about how this obvious crapshoot would turn out for the campaign. I shared the consensus view that it would probably be a train wreck.
“I mean, he just plucked this woman out of Alaska,” I recall one reporter saying.
After several more rallies leading up to the Republican National Convention, in which I saw enormous crowds chanting Palin’s name — and then after seeing the media reaction to her RNC speech — I admit, I started to doubt my own judgment. Maybe the public was seeing something I missed.
However, it’s comforting to realize now that my instincts are sound. Clearly, many conservative Republican true-believers were looking for a reason to justify voting for McCain, whom they distrust — and Palin gives them that. But after watching her performances in one-on-one interviews, it’s hard to imagine Palin will be tipping the scales for many undecided moderates in McCain’s favor.