I guess Charlie Gibson agreed to treat Sarah Palin with deference and respect prior to the interview because Palin finally agreed to come off script and tell us what she really thinks as opposed to what the scriptwriters think.
Man. Charlie knew he had her immediately too. When she says “In what respect Charlie” she really means, “What the hell are you talking about Charlie?”. You can literally see the moment when she hears that voice inside that all of us hear sometimes saying “fuuuuuuuuuck”.
I half expected her to say “Charlie…I personally believe that US Americans believe that…such as…in the Iraq and the President Bush and the, Bush Doctrine and everything such as”. In fact she might want to get in touch with Miss Teen South Carolina for some tips on how to work the interview answers off the cuff.
Oh man. That never gets old.
Seriously though. This is literally why politicians work the national stage for a little while. That is why the 18 months on the campaign trail matter. It’s okay if some reporter in Nebraska asks you about your views on the Bush Doctrine with a little tape recorder in his hand in March of 2007 when no one is paying attention. You can say, “What is the Bush Doctrine?” and it is all good. You can’t do it when you are 55 days away from the general election and locked in to be a 50/50 chance and a heartbeat away from the most powerful job in the world.
Like Matt Damon said, “she’s gonna have the nuclear codes”.