Palin's unblinking certitude gave way at other times in the interview to a striking imprecision, as when she struggled to respond to Couric's suggestion that the $700-billion bailout might be better funneled through middle-class families instead of Wall Street firms.
"That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this position that we have been put in . . ." Palin began, before meandering off in fruitless pursuit of coherence.
But I'll let the governor speak for herself:
I've thought from about two days after her selection that she would have to withdraw at some point.
The trouble with this is that McCain would have to concede that he didn't vet her, made his decision impulsively based on no real knowledge of her, and that his first serious judgment as a presidential candidate was so monumentally irresponsible that it doesn't just disqualify her for the vice-presidency. It disqualifies him for the presidency.
Hence the insane campaign since. They are improvising and gambling just to keep alive for another news cycle. No strategy; no policy; no judgment. It really should be over - and Obama should have double-digit lead.
Speaking of Palin: Her fans went nuts because the Washington Post published the following Oliphant cartoon on-line.