Last night I found myself trapped on a treadmill with Sarah Palin.
Well, I was on the treadmill, she was on the TV in front of me, talking about Libya and Israel. Now, Palin clearly won’t make much of a dent in the 2012 elections, even if she chooses to run, but she does have a voice, and has sort of become Fox News’ go-to celebrity.
While watching the interview below, several things struck me:
1. Greta might be the worst “big-time” new interviewer out there. No follow-ups, few details in the questions. Brutal.
2. Sarah Palin doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I don’t mean to say she sorta doesn’t know or kinda doesn’t know. She doesn’t know—period. She has studied the talking points, has some ideas … and just puts them out there, sort of randomly, hoping they stick. She doesn’t know how to say anything positive about the president, which would be fine were her criticisms logical. But they’re not. She just rambles and rambles and rambles until the interview ends.
What I hate is that Fox treats her as if she were an intelligent, worldly woman with a insightful viewpoint—which she’s not. I hate Mitt, Newt, Cantor, Boehner—but they’re not idiots. Palin is.
3. There are people out there, listening to Palin and nodding their heads in agreement. They truly exist. Shocking.
4. Palin thinks we should ignore any Israeli settlements. It’s their land, she says, so we shouldn’t butt in—even if they ask. Money exchange:
Sarah: “President Obama was inappropriate to intervene in a zoning issue in Israel. Let Israel decide their zoning issue themselves.”
Greta: “Israel’s asked us for help over the years.”
Sarah: “Build housing for the Jews in their homeland. President Obama didn’t want to allow that building of the structures. … Israel—concession after concession. Israel needs to know America will be there … they’re being surrounded all around now by enemies.”
… Wait! It gets GREAT!
Sarah: “Ahmadinejad, those in Iran, want to see them wiped off the face of the earth. Don’t think that Ahmadinejad will stop there at Israel. They’ll be coming in our direction, too.”
Uh … Iran is going to send its military to North America?