The Truth is Out: Palin’s VP Debate Answers Were Scripted

Palin’s Debate Answers Were Scripted

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Palin Biden Debate

The false narrative of Palin as a viable VP contender is further unveiled this morning as Steve Schmidt (aka, the Bullet) reveals Palin’s debate answers were memorized and scripted.

Why would one have to have scripted answers if one were qualified, especially given the format the McCain campaign pushed for and won: According to the New York Times, this arrangement was more restrictive than the two-minute-response, five-minutes-of-open-discussion format of the first McCain-Obama debate, because the looser “format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.”” God forbid Palin who was running for VP be put at a disadvantage for having to speak for five minutes on a subject– that’s veering dangerously far from bumper sticker land. After all, it was only our country’s fate at stake.

What’s the difference between a Palin debate and a movie? Not much apparently. Sure, American politicians sell a cult of personality, but must it be so disingenuous as to include main characters like W and Palin? Can’t the GOP find someone who can read? Aren’t candidates supposed to have some ideas, something they stand for and shouldn’t they be able to discuss that topic without memorizing answers?

Watch this mornings interview with Schmidt here:

“In an exclusive interview with Sky News, Steve Schmidt, nicknamed The Bullet, says her preparations were going so badly in the days leading up to the debate with the vastly more experienced Joe Biden, the campaign was facing an “emergency” and a “crisis”.

He told her: “These are the questions. Here’s what he’s going to say. Here’s what your most effective response is. That we want to be able to come out of this debate saying you were on offence.”

“If you hear ‘A’, you go ahead and say ‘B’, and so to that degree it was somewhat scripted,” he admitted.

“The questions that we mocked and drilled in the practice debates were within a degree or two of the questions that (moderator) Gwen Ifell asked during the debate.”

Having memorized answers, one should have expected a result much better than what we got – shout outs to third graders and “can I call you Joe’s” as a way of getting around Palin’s inability to remember Biden’s last name was not “O’Biden”. Yes, it really was that bad, Dorothy. And yes, our media covered it as if it were a toss up re who won. Sigh.

Here’s a few reminders of the debate courtesy of NY Times transcript:

“PALIN: John McCain, in referring to the fundamental of our economy being strong, he was talking to and he was talking about the American workforce….(Oh boy, I’d forgotten this moment of Riotous Revisionism)

Now, what I’ve done as a governor and as a mayor is (inaudible) I’ve had that track record of reform. And I’ve joined this team that is a team of mavericks with John McCain, also, with his track record of reform, where we’re known for putting partisan politics aside to just get the job done.

… But I think Americans are craving something new and different and that new energy and that new commitment that’s going to come with reform (which they can only get from the Democrats).

IFILL: Now, let’s talk about — the next question is to talk about the subprime lending meltdown…

PALIN: Again, John McCain and I, that commitment that we have made, and we’re going to follow through on that, getting rid of that corruption…(insert Joe Hockey mom populist shout out here). We need to make sure that we demand from the federal government strict oversight of those entities in charge of our investments …. (Oversight is regulation, which is a Democratic principle, not a Republican principle…these are the same oversights she is now calling bad)

BIDEN: …but if you notice, Gwen, the governor did not answer the question about deregulation, did not answer the question of defending John McCain about not going along with the deregulation, letting Wall Street run wild. He did support deregulation almost across the board. That’s why we got into so much trouble.

IFILL: Would you like to have an opportunity to answer that before we move on?

PALIN: … Now, as for John McCain’s adherence to rules and regulations and pushing for even harder and tougher regulations, that is another thing that he is known for though.” (Lie to me, I promise, I’ll believe; Yes, old Johnny is KNOWN for regulations in the alternate reality known as Palinland. )

IFILL: So, Governor, as vice president, there’s nothing that you have promised as a candidate that you would — that you wouldn’t take off the table because of this financial crisis we’re in?

PALIN: There is not. And how long have I been at this, like five weeks? So there hasn’t been a whole lot that I’ve promised, except to do what is right for the American people, put government back on the side of the American people, stop the greed and corruption on Wall Street. (yes, my little real merkicans, it will cost you nothing to deal with the financial debacle! Razzle, dazzle, free gifts from the socialist governor! Promises cost nothing! )

And the rescue plan has got to include that massive oversight that Americans are expecting and deserving. And I don’t believe that John McCain has made any promise that he would not be able to keep, either.” (Oversight you say? Exactly where is your support for oversight today, Sister? How did Biden not laugh out loud at this absurdity? McCain has deregulation tattooed on his forehead for god’s sake… “a nation of whiners“…)

Yes, that would be that same reform that Palin is now suggesting is not necessary and is “crony capitalism” (projections r us), but this is what you get when you hire a puppet who stands for nothing other than parochial Poujadism via memorized or hand-palmed most expedient talking points of the moment.

Upon returning to the campaign trail after her debate preparation, Palin stepped up her attacks on now President Barack Obama. At a fundraising event, Palin explained her new aggressiveness, saying, “There does come a time when you have to take the gloves off and that time is right now.”

Uh huh. Like when, say, you are a drag on the ticket and you flub even your interview with Fox Wolf Guard Sean Hannity? “The new attack mode may be a political necessity for a ticket that has fallen behind with voters. Republican presidential nominee John McCain trails in national polls by Gallup and Rasmussen by numbers that are outside the margin of error.”

Kinda like the old distraction game, eh, Palin? According to Schmidt in an earlier interview, Palin had a breakdown preparing for the debate, so her response is to come back attacking harder. Palin always points her fingers outward in now predictable form of projection and she does it while lying about what she stands for.

Palin is now against “reform”, regulation, and oversight but she sure sold that snake oil “hockey mom I’m one of you” Main street-isms to the people during the winkfest known as the VP debate. The problem isn’t that she needed to memorize certain names or tough to recall terms, the problem is that she memorized answers because she had no idea what the issues were.

She had and has no idea what she was promising, what she stood for, what any of it meant. She didn’t even know that McCain was not for regulations. She actually believed he was pro-regulations and she sold that to her Cult. She had no idea what she was saying; perhaps she barely managed to memorize Schmidt’s answers to tough questions like “what do you and McCain stand for?”, much as she had to look at her hand to see the top three agenda items for a conservative. And now the GOP is selling her as a possible presidential candidate.

Are you ready for your close up, Mrs. Palin?

21 Replies to “The Truth is Out: Palin’s VP Debate Answers Were Scripted”

  1. I remember watching that and being amazed, she announced at the beginning she wouldn’t answer any questions she didn’t want to answer….what a debate!
    The bar was set so low, the repubs were happy she even finished it…and this is a scream:

    PALIN: Again, John McCain and I, that commitment that we have made, and we’re going to follow through on that, getting rid of that corruption…

    OMFG! Alaska is corruption capital with her face at the very top!!!! Yeah…she would of gotten rid of corruption… Corruption is her middle name!
    Dumbass…more and more of these things will start leaking like a bad facet…they are telling you sister grifter to STFU and go back to wasilla….

  2. @crystalwolf aka caligrl,

    No! Not Alaska. Please, please, let her move to Texas, or maybe North Carolina, or Arizona. Not Alaska.

  3. @crystalwolf aka caligrl,

    Our media allowed this to occur. The GOP ran a person who could not even answer basic questions about the issues that many Americans could answer for VICE PRESIDENT with a running mate who was old and prone to some health issues.

    She could not even be educated about the issues; she had to memorize answers. They had the change the debate rules to accommodate Palin’s lack of knowledge so they could sell her to the public. How cynical.

    This is truly an outrage and all citizens should understand the implications of this.

  4. @srjones, That’s precisely why he won’t speak against Le Palin. He knows it was a grave error of enormous consequence. Actually, we should thank him. If it weren’t for his stuck on stupid moment in picking Palin, he could have become our…… president. The horror!

  5. i’m not at all surprised, and this explains why she refused to answer some of the questions, instead choosing to steer the answer back to whatever her talking points were.

    ugh. and people think she WON that debate. stupids…

  6. This is standard politician prep.

    Obama had been repeating the same scripted rhetoric for months, between town halls and debates. It’s called messaging. If he heard health care, you could pull the string, and the rehearsed answers would come out.

    It’s on the rebuttal, and responses to Biden that she shined.

  7. @dsdss,

    You are defending her rebuttals? They cut the rebuttal time for her because she had special needs seeing as she was incapable of debate and/or lengthy rebuttal times. This is not “normal” debate prep. In fact, insiders across the nation were freaking out yesterday when this came out. Try the googles. This is OUTRAGEOUS. A candidate who can not figure out how to answer a question? Who has to have things scripted for her?

    Go read the NY Times piece for more on this subject.

    I supplied this link for readers so that people would understand that the McCain camp fought hard to get the rules changes for Sarah because she was not up to the job. Perhaps you skipped over this section so let me paste it here:

    “At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

    McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive….

    Commission members wanted a relaxed format that included time for unpredictable questioning and challenges between the two vice-presidential candidates. On Wednesday, the commission unanimously rejected a proposal sought by advisers to Ms. Palin and Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee, to have the moderator ask questions and the candidates answer, with no time for unfettered exchanges. …”

    See, they wanted NO time for rebuttals, and settled for no free-flowing exchanges and a much shorter rebuttal time because they know she could not respond to a question. She could only parrot talking points she memorized re McCain’s positions.

    All debates with time cut down to accommodate special requests candidates like Palin should now be called Tokenism Debates, because that’s what the GOP did here. They ran a token and then asked for special consideration for her, claiming sexism, the entire campaign. She couldn’t even handle the same debate format at the other candidates. She had to get special treatment. There were plenty of Republican women who could have handled the normal debate format. Why didn’t they run one of them? What is the answer to this question? When you figure that out, you will realize why the Republican party is in so much trouble.

    Notice how the GOP has gone from meritocracy to tokenism? How’s that tokenism thingy workin’ out for y’all?

    As a woman, I am offended by her laziness, her incompetence, and her party’s continuous attempt to sell her as a Hillary shattering glass ceilings. Getting somewhere because of how you look is not shattering any glass ceilings.

    Taking on Joe Biden in a real debate without special needs and requests would have been fierce and tough of her. Instead, she winked, flirted and avoided tough questions after already getting special treatment and conditions just for her. And then she claims to be a mama bear tough frontier gal? Huh. Why is she afraid of Joe Biden, a real debate, the press, etc?

    How sad. She’s still hiding from the press to this day, coward that she is.

  8. Oversight is not regulation. Oversight is an executive branch responsibility whereby they enforce fraud laws, fair trade laws, etc. Regulation is when the legislature sets up an agency (the correct terminology is bureaucracy) to micromanage certain ways companies do business. Prosecuting fraud is different than fining or sanctioning companies for not dotting the correct i’s or crossing the t’s on a disclosure form.

    As for Steve Schmidt, he lost the election for McCain. Schmidt is a moderate, a RINO and he ran the McCain campaign as such. By not attacking Obama’s associations and defining properly what an Obama administration would look like, he cost McCain the election. As a sore loser, he threw blame onto Palin.

    The correct accounting can be found in Going Rogue: An American Life.

    Nice try. Another swing and a miss from the liberal blogosphere.

  9. @ReaganTMan, Could you be any more wrong? The responsibility for oversight falls on the Legislative branch not the Executive, and I have no idea where you got your definitions. Regulations are simply the laws that are passed. Oversight is the supervision to make sure to make sure that the laws are properly carried out. I think you need to stop reading Sarah Palin and go take a civics class.

  10. @Jason Easley,

    I thought his response was a joke at first. Where do you suppose he learned his definitions of regulations and oversight? Good gracious.

    Glad you were here to help.

  11. ReaganTMan,

    Great to make your acquaintance! Another fine Real American on this site…finally! I was getting tired of having to dissect libtard illogic all by my lonesome.

    Especially poignant in your response to Easley and SR Jones is the part where you completely dismiss Steve Schmidt’s accounts as not credible because he lost the 2008 campaign but then you uphold Palin’s truth in her ghost written book “Going Rogue” as the credible account of record.

    This, I like, because as we all know, Schmidt lost so therefore he lies to save face; Sarah Palin on the other hand, didn’t lose in the 2008 presidential race so therefore, her account in the memoir she didn’t pen is deadly accurate!

    Any Real American out here in the heartlands of America where real americans live–you know, in the heartlands–because our hearts belong to America, knows that McCain lost in 2008 but Palin actually won.

    We know without doubt, that in the privacy of the voting booth, Real Americans wanted to vote for Palin, but couldn’t, so as protest, they punched the “no” spot on McCain, thereby giving victory to Nobama. But in their rebuke of McCain, they affirmed that Sarah was indeed their true choice.

    Anyway, I’m drifting. My point is this: I agree with your sharp analysis: Schmidt can’t be believed b/c he lost. Clearly, Palin won that election and so her book, which was written by someone else, is the true account.

    You’re awesome! I hope to see you here more often espousing our truth for the libtards to fear!

  12. @Christine, I love it that you liberals turn into Linda Blair from the Exorcist at the mere mention of Sarah Palin’s name. Enjoy the destruction your “annointed one” is causing now because we’re coming back to fix it in 2010 & 2012.

  13. @Conservative Heart, Glad to be of assistance. Any time we can “witness the truth” for these poor misguided souls is a good time.

  14. @ReaganTMan,

    We’re plenty busy fixing the mess y’all left: unregulated Halliburton BP oil rigs, unpaid for wars, Wall Street grifting off the people with the help of the deregulating Republicans, SEC in bed with bangsters, erosion of the DoJ into illegally stacked fundie museum, etc……..

    Oh, that was your idea of “fixing” stuff. Riiight.

  15. I was at the debate in St. Louis. I could tell it was going to be scripted the minute Palin walked out and “innocently” asked Biden, “Do you mind if I call you Joe?”, to which Biden graciously gave his permission.

    Not too long in the debate, Palin popped out with one of her memorable lines, “Say it ain’t so, Joe!”

    I knew then and there that the rhyme was memorized, just waiting to be used at the appropriate time – not only for a laugh, but as an attempt to disarm the Senator and shift attention to her.

    This woman is NOT a mamma grizzly. She is the serpent in the Garden of Eden.

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