Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Staff Panics At Prospect Of Palin's Speaking To Reporters

Want to know what causes Sarah Palin's handlers to push the panic button? Today's New York Times describes the scenario:

On Sunday night, she twice took questions from reporters, the first time on an airport tarmac without her press staff’s knowledge.

After landing in Colorado Springs late Sunday, Ms. Palin marched over to a local television crew and began answering questions on camera, sending the traveling press corps sprinting in pursuit, and her press staff scrambling.

“Get Tracey,” one campaign aide barked into his headset, calling for Tracey Schmitt, Ms. Palin’s ever-watchful spokeswoman, who rushed over to supervise the impromptu news conference. (Ms. Schmitt, looking distressed, tried several times to cut it off with a terse “Thank you!” in between questions, to no avail.)

So Palin's staff is scrambling, barking into a headset, rushing, looking distressed and trying to cut off questions. All because the candidate took some unsupervised questions.

Is this not the clearest admission by her staff that this vice presidential candidate is simply too clueless to speak about national and international issues and the campaign and her role in it?

I wonder how these staff members feel about promoting a candidate whom they clearly know has no ability to respond to the issues of the day.

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