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Sep 26 / Jonathan

Atrios has a good point

He’s commenting on a piece by Kathleen Parker. Here’s Parker:

Palin Problem

It was fun while it lasted.

Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.

If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.

Do it for your country.

Then Atrios:

Palin

I’m actually a little sympathetic to Palin. Her problem isn’t so much that she speaks in gibberish, the problem is that she doesn’t speak in Official Washington Gibberish. John McCain spouts gibberish all the time, as do all politicians, but it’s often the kind of gibberish which is part of the Beltway dialect. It’s pundit-approved gibberish. Whether or not it makes any sense is irrelevant. Whatever Palin’s knowledge of domestic or foreign affairs, her biggest problem is that she’s obviously completely unfamiliar with the basic contours of the core political discourse of our country. Gibberish is fine as long as it’s the right kind of gibberish.

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