Palin Not to Take Any Questions....

....from the media for the entire campaign.  That according to Nicloe Wallace of McCain campaign.  Instead she will only speak to the American people using "scripted speeches and choreographed appearances on the campaign trail and in campaign ads."

Are you frickin' kidding me?  Do they think this will really fly?

So the American people do not deserve answers from a person who is vying to be the Vice President of the United States?  What a slap in the face, this will fail.

Look at the video on the below link....On Morning Joe this morning.

http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/ 09/no_questions_please_were.html

Thoughts....Is it a ploy?

Tags: mccain, morning joe, Nicole Wallace, Palin, unvetted, Vice President (all tags)

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17 Comments

Re: Palin Not to Take Any Questions....

Probably. If the media starts saying she doesn't know anything, all she has to do is memorize a few impressive facts and she looks good. The key is to get people to keep talking about her scandals so that they don't talk about her like she's stupid.

by vcalzone 2008-09-04 11:52PM | 0 recs
This is a complete joke. They just bettered

what they did with scripted Bush townhall meetings.

by louisprandtl 2008-09-05 12:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Not to Take Any Questions....
It's a good opportunity if we pick the right talking points. The best one I can think of is: "The actions of the McCain campaign show that they, like the American people, aren't all that certain about Sarah Palin's knowledge or abilities, outside of giving a prepared speech."
Another good one one would be: "Apparently, the McCain campaign doesn't want Palin to speak for herself."
And, short but sweet: "Is Sarah Palin running for Vice President, or campaign mouthpiece?"
by EvilAsh 2008-09-05 12:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Not to Take Any Questions....

Well, this certainly gives us an opening...  From the polling I've seen, people like her, but are unsure of her readiness to be president.  If she can't face the press, how is she going to face Putin?

This is something we should exploit...

by LordMike 2008-09-05 02:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Not to Take Any Questions....

This is exactly what I expected.

Actually I expected that she'd do a handful of extremely friendly interviews aimed directly at the base but they can still wiggle enough on categorizing them as "profiles", "chats", "discussion", whatever that they can claim with absolute insincerity that policy is being kept.  

I don't see the upside of letting her out of the box.  They have a rock-star right now and the primary goal is to keep that lustre alive until election day.  Why dilute the excitement with actual interviews?

The Straight Talk Express was derailed long, long ago.

by January 20 2008-09-05 03:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Not to Take Any Questions....
<blockquote>So the American people do not deserve answers from a person who is vying to be the Vice President of the United States?</blockquote>
In my mind, it's more important that Palin would be a heartbeat away from the presidency, and, she's not going to take questions from the media. I know Alaska is very close to Russia, but does she and McCain think they're in Russia?
by zenful6219 2008-09-05 03:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Not to Take Any Questions....

Would anyone be surprised if McCain pulls her from the VP debate? Any thoughts on that possibility?

by zenful6219 2008-09-05 03:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Not to Take Any Questions....

Not sure how he gets away with that and looks good.

Unless.......................

he pulls her from the ticket :)

by jsfox 2008-09-05 04:07AM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Not to Take Any Questions....

I don't see it.

She's a VERY good debater.  She goes into this with a huge fan-base that don't expect her to have any of those pesky "facts" that get in the way, so every time she does pull one out she'll be seen as a greater wonder. I think Joe is great but he's going to have a difficult time in the debate.  She's quick and she's tough.  At this point that's probably enough to more than satisfy the base.  And as tough as she is, as dishonest as she will probably be, Joe still has to reign himself in so we don't tip into the gender wars.  

Her debates aren't turning up on YouTube for some reason, but here's Palin making the case for drilling with Glen Beck.  Jump to the four minute mark to skip his mind-numbing rant.  Then it gets eerie - his intro includes the Trig story!  She shoots out facts and figures aggressively but couched in in that gosh-darn folksy manner that we've seen in the last few days.  She really keeps on script.  

by January 20 2008-09-05 04:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Not to Take Any Questions....

"Come on guys, I already answered like eight questions!" As I recall someone else doesn't like doing unscripted press conferences, where he is required to think quickly on his feet. Pick battles wisely!

by 2maddogs 2008-09-05 04:32AM | 0 recs
My Shame

I forgot about that.  

I am ashamed.  

He really did walk away from the press at that point.  He never took another question.  He has been nothing more than a mystery wrapped in a cipher, wrapped in a box, wrapped in polka-dotted paper!  

In all good conscience I cannot ask of Palin what I won't ask of Obama.  In this humbled spirit I must say that we cannot ask Palin do any more interviews than either Obama or Biden.

Thanks for setting us straght there you doublepuppies!

by January 20 2008-09-05 05:28AM | 0 recs
the media is not our friend

Why is it always the Republicans who put the media in its place (aside from Bill Clinton)? Why do so many of our candidates think reporters and pundits are their constituency? Read today's Daily Howler, "Why your party loses" for more detail.

Frankly Nicole Wallace is right, candidates don't owe reporters anything, their obligation is to the voters. There are lots of ways, especially in our highly connected world, for candidates to talk directly to the public.

by souvarine 2008-09-05 04:35AM | 0 recs
Re: the media is not our friend

So no townhalls, to answer direct questions from American citizens.   If you agree that all her responses to the American people should be scripted speeches and tv ads focusing only on things she and the campaign want the American people to hear, then you have underestimated the American people.

by hootie4170 2008-09-05 10:19AM | 0 recs
Re: the media is not our friend

Townhalls are great. The McCain campaign would be stupid not to put Palin in townhall settings. And Wallace isn't stupid, she only referred to reporters.

by souvarine 2008-09-05 10:46AM | 0 recs
Expectations game

We got schooled on the expectations game for her convention speech.  We can't make the same mistake for the debate.

by snowback 2008-09-05 05:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Not to Take Any Questions....

Then will she do town halls and take questions from the people? If she'll do that she could justify this stance. If not then they need to be slammed big time.

by Becky G 2008-09-05 05:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Not to Take Any Questions....

The questions she'll take will be screened, and the answers prepared.

The Palin/McCain-Bush ticket is now a media construct, bearing little relation to reality.

by BobzCat 2008-09-05 08:31AM | 0 recs

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