Amazingly, in her first month as the GOP VP nominee, Palin has only granted two interviews (I do not count the Palin/Hannity Fox News Republican infomercial as an interview). By comparison, Joe Biden has given more than 80 interviews over the same period of time.
Needless to say, the McCain campaign has gone to extraordinary lengths to shield Sarah Palin from non-scripted settings, i.e. protecting her from situations where she might actually have to think and answer questions.
Now we know why.
The only woman that came off well in the interview with Couric, was Couric herself. She managed to pin Palin to the mat during this exchange about McCain’s (lack of) credentials as a regulator:
Couric: You’ve said, quote, “John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business.” Other than supporting stricter regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, can you give us any more example of his leading the charge for more oversight?
Palin: I think that the example that you just cited, with his warnings two years ago about Fannie and Freddie – that, that’s paramount. That’s more than a heck of a lot of other senators and representatives did for us.
Couric: But he’s been in Congress for 26 years. He’s been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.
Palin: He’s also known as the maverick though, taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he’s been talking about – the need to reform government.
Couric: I’m just going to ask you one more time – not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.
Palin: I’ll try to find you some and I’ll bring them to ya.
“To be fair, she thought it was a take-home interview,” says Stephen Colbert.