November 12, 2008

Why the Fuss?

Many have noted today that it is unusual how much attention Sarah Palin is still getting after the election is over. She has had (or will soon have) lengthy one-on-one interviews (don't worry, no policy, just "how do you feel?" questions) on all of the major networks. By contrast, the Vice President-elect, Joe Biden, is essentially invisible.

I forget where I read this today, but I think the real reason goes something like this: simple incompetence is not interesting, but if you combine simple incompetence with breathtaking take-no-prisoners, offer-no-apologies arrogance, it is supremely compelling. It's like a Shakesperian tragedy almost.

I think the reason people are watching her so closely is that they're waiting for that moment of self-awareness to hit Palin. It never will, of course, not publicly. My guess is that she'll give a little ground in this respect in her inevitable book that will come out late next year, just so it gives her a way to sell some books and kick off another round of "soul searching" (but don't worry, still no policy) interviews. It will give her a way to create a favorable narrative of how she's so much more experienced now, so much more ready for the challenge, blah blah blah.

But no one will buy it until she can sit down and perform more-or-less flawlessly in a wide-ranging fact-based interview about foreign and domestic policy. I don't think that will ever happen because she will never agree to it. She'll never be capable of it.

Posted by Observer at November 12, 2008 08:49 PM
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