McCain campaign: Palin won’t do any interviews, she’s just going to read speeches from now on

Well there’s another McCain talking point out the window, about how speeches do not a president make. I guess now they do.

And, if reading speeches off a teleprompter were the only requirement for being commander in chief of the US armed forces, then yes Sarah Palin reading a series of speeches written for her would be enough. But it’s not enough, and it suggests that McCain thinks Palin is an idiot who can’t even answer a simple question from the media, or the American public (or worse, she she’s so tainted by scandal, they refuse to put her out there at all). It’s downright disturbing how the McCain campaign is handling Palin and her growing list of scandals/controversies. They seem to be hoping that they can trick the American people into liking her, without giving them any real substance. Possibly because she has no real substance. Then again, they’re refusing to put John McCain out there for any questions either. Kind of makes you wonder if he’s still healthy enough to be commander in chief, or if the campaign is hiding something about John McCain’s health and that’s why they won’t let him do any more press conferences (remember, McCain is 72 years old and has had at least 4 bouts of cancer).

Jake Carney of TIME gets into this more in depth:

According to Nicole Wallace of the McCain campaign, the American people don’t care whether Sarah Palin can answer specific questions about foreign and domestic policy. According to Wallace — in an appearance I did with her this morning on Joe Scarborough’s show — the American people will learn all they need to know (and all they deserve to know) from Palin’s scripted speeches and choreographed appearances on the campaign trail and in campaign ads.

Wallace’s bash-the-media exercise has its merits as a campaign tactic. It certainly rallies the base. But the base won’t lift McCain to 50% in November. More importantly, in her smug dismissal of the media’s role in asking questions of the candidates, Wallace was really showing contempt not for reporters, but for voters. I bet there are a lot of undecided voters out there who were intrigued by Sarah Palin last night, but who don’t yet know enough about her — what she believes, what she knows — to be comfortable with the idea of her as vice president of the United States. It’s important to them to know if Palin can handle herself in an environment that isn’t controlled and sanitized by campaign image makers and message mavens. Maybe she can, maybe she can’t. As far as Wallace is concerned, it’s none of their — or your — business.


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