Chief Gunderson‘s performance in the Katie Couric interview reminded me of Adm. James Stockdale‘s unfortunate lack of “ammunition” in the 1992 VP debate.
The comparison ends there.
Unlike Palin, Stockdale — one of the most highly decorated naval officers in history who, after spending seven years in a Vietnam POW camp, returned home to forge a distinguished career as an academic and author — had nothing to prove, nor did he have time to formulate a credible case.
Stockdale (who assumed, after Ross Perot temporarily exited the race, that he was no longer on the ticket) had but a week to prepare. “I never had a single conversation about politics with Ross Perot in my life; still haven’t,” said Stockdale after the 1992 race.
He was sent out to face the wolves without as much as a new battery for his hearing aid. Al Gore and Dan Quayle were barely qualified to shine his shoes, but Stockdale, Dennis Miller observed, “committed the one unpardonable sin in our culture: he was bad on television.”
Here’s conservative columnist Kathleen Parker’s take on Palin:
Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there. Here’s but one example of many from her interview with Hannity: “Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.” …
If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.
If Palin were a man, we’d all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she’s a woman — and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket — we are reluctant to say what is painfully true.
Parker suggests Palin should step aside to “spend more time with her family,” which would secure her another place in the history books, though I doubt she’ll be thanking Thomas Eagleton for paving the way.
I’m certain McCain doesn’t want to be compared to George McGovern, but if Palin performs even half as poorly versus Biden as she did with Couric, the GOP ticket is doomed.
At least she has low expectations on her side.