Some brief thoughts on ABC's Charlie Gibson interview with Sarah Palin last evening. It was a partial interview, with my understanding as, more is supposed to be aired tonight.
1. It was a tough interview, no coddling. In all fairness, Gibson has a reputation of being tough. In fact, many Obama supporters felt Obama was blind-sided by Gibson, after others had softballed him with easy open-ended questions. Gibson is one that tries to pin someone down and can be relentless at times, in order to do so. He was respectful, but not yielding.
2. Sarah sounded and looked nervous, but fairly confident in her answers. She sat with her back positioned to the back of the chair, unlike Obama in his interview with O'Reilly. She did lean in slightly when trying to emphasize her points. One thing, she needs to do is stop saying Charlie so much in her answers. This isn't a talk at the kitchen table.
3. Her biggest weakness will be foreign policy. A legitimate criticism is the fact she has not had to deal with many foreign dignitaries during her tenures as a mayor and governor. But we must keep in mind, she is not running for President here. Just because McCain is 72, it does not mean he is going to die in office. His mom is in her 90s and appears to be of sound mind and body.
4. I do not know what the media's fascination with anyone's religion is. There has been no evidence that she has allowed her religious convictions to cross over into her civil service life. One time when there was a debate in the Alaska legislature on one topic, a lawmaker (in her own party) tried to tack on legislation on abortion. That would have been a superb opportunity to reverse abortion for her, she could have made the case to get A she had to agree to B. But she didn't.
5. The interview was obviously spliced. I am sure the Obama interview with Billy O was too, but it wasn't quite as obvious. Somehow I felt we got the bulk of his answers. In Palin's case, it looked like she was cut off.