Was That A Pizza Place?

At friday night's presidential debate, Barack Obama said "If the United States has al Qaeda, bin Laden, top-level lieutenants in our sights, and Pakistan is unable or unwilling to act, then we should take them out."

McCain criticized him: "You don't say that out loud," implying that you should never let your enemy know what you may or may not be willing to do - similar to why the Bush administration says it doesn't want to define torture.

Again... that was at Friday night's presidential debate.

The very next day, while at a restaurant, Sarah Palin was talking with a voter about terrorists crossing the Pakistan border into Afghanistan. The voter asked if we should cross the border and go after them in Pakistan.

Voter: "So we do cross-border, like from Afghanistan to Pakistan, you think?"

Palin: "If that's what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should."

Lucky for John McCain, yesterday was Take Your Daughter To Work Day.

The look on Palin's face when Katie Couric asked her about crossing the Pakistani border was frigging priceless. (my apologies for the commercial CBS puts at the beginning of the video)

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Couric: "Is that something you shouldn't say out loud, Sen. McCain?"

John McCain: "Of course not. But, look, I understand this day and age of "gotcha" journalism. Is that a pizza place? In a conversation with someone who you didn't hear ... the question very well, you don't know the context of the conversation, grab a phrase. Gov. Palin and I agree that you don't announce that you're going to attack another country ..."

Couric: "Are you sorry you said it?"

McCain: "... and the fact ..."

Couric: "Governor?"

McCain: "Wait a minute. Before you say, "is she sorry she said it," this was a "gotcha" sound bite that, look ..."

Couric: "It wasn't a "gotcha." She was talking to a voter."

McCain: "No, she was in a conversation with a group of people and talking back and forth. And ... I'll let Gov. Palin speak for herself."

Palin: "Well, it ... in fact, you're absolutely right on. In the context, this was a voter, a constituent, hollering out a question from across an area asking, "What are you gonna do about Pakistan? You better have an answer to Pakistan." I said we're gonna do what we have to do to protect the United States of America."

Couric: "But you were pretty specific about what you wanted to do, cross-border ..."

Palin: "Well, as Sen. McCain is suggesting here, also, never would our administration get out there and show our cards to terrorists, in this case, to enemies and let them know what the game plan was, not when that could ultimately adversely affect a plan to keep America secure."

Couric: "What did you learn from that experience?"

Palin: "That this is all about "gotcha" journalism. A lot of it is. But that's okay, too."

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Talking with a voter is now "gotcha journalism"? When Obama says something, he's wrong, but when Palin says the same thing, somehow, the media is wrong?

To answer your question, John McCain, no - Gotcha isn't a pizza place. It's your running mate getting burned by your own strategy tactics. She's going down in flames, which is ironic being that you're from Phoenix. And, no, I don't wish your campaign any luck rising from those ashes.

::::: | Tuesday, Sep 30 2008 at 12:58 PM
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