It’s a sad commentary on this election when Tina Fey can quote Sarah Palin verbatim and have it be funnier than anything any comedy writer could ever concoct.
I should note that Mona Charen has joined in the chorus of right-wing crazies who think that Palin is coming off as phony because she’s pretending to know what she’s talking about:
That much having been said, and here’s where I slightly disagree with Bill, Palin was atrocious not just with Katie Couric but with friendlies like Sean Hannity. She needs to devise answers for questions about foreign policy that do NOT rely on recent cramming. That will look and sound false. She may make stupid errors. And it plays to her weakness. She should never again refer to her Alaska experience as preparation for the role of commander in chief.
She needs instead to play to her strengths which are, as I see it, good solid instincts. If she is asked about Waziristan or whateverstan, she should say that (unlike Obama) her desire is always to be firm with adversaries and fair with allies – and to know the difference.
Again, this is the very essence of modern wingnuttery — you don’t actually have to know one goddamn fucking thing about anything as long as you have the right “instincts,” i.e., you agree with wingnuts about everything.
Sarah Palin, for all of her charisma and political savvy, knows nothing. Again, wingnuts, I will repeat that so it hopefully sets in: SARAH PALIN KNOWS NOTHING. This is why the McCain campaign is keeping her away from the eeeeeeeeeviiiiiiiilllllll reporters who are asking her policy questions. Because SHE KNOWS NOOOOOOTHIIIIIIIIING. If that doesn’t disturb you in the least, then you really have no business trying to run the country.