Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sorry, Charlie

When ABC's Charlie Gibson interrogated Gov. Palin about foreign policy experience, he asked a question that seemed wrong to me when I first heard it. Thanks to "The Great One" Mark Levin, I now know just how wrong it was. In his desire to show Palin to be unready for the world stage, he displayed an ignorance I thought impossible for a journalist of his experience.

Levin's transcript highlights this question:

GIBSON: Have you ever met a foreign head of state?

We didn't hear this part of the exchange:

PALIN: There in the state of Alaska, our international trade activities bring in many leaders of other countries.

GIBSON: And all governors deal with trade delegations.

PALIN: Right.

GIBSON: Who act at the behest of their governments.

PALIN: Right, right.

GIBSON: I’m talking about somebody who’s a head of state, who can negotiate for that country. Ever met one?
Charlie fails to realize that the US is exceptional in combining the roles of Head of State and Head of Government in a single office (President).

Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State of the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc., but cannot negotiate on behalf of her dominions. For that, one must talk to Gordon Brown, Stephen Harper, Kevin Rudd, and Helen Clark, respectively.

Bundespräsident Horst Köhler is the Head of State of Germany, but Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel is the one who shows up at G8 meetings to have her shoulders rubbed by George W. Bush (which is exactly the same as Bill Clinton getting a BJ from an intern).
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Charlie, when you want to trap someone in a gotcha game with them misunderstanding your use of poorly-defined terms such as "The Bush Doctrine", you really need to use well-defined terms correctly yourself.


  1. What the media and the left (but I repeat myself) don't understand is that when we look at Sarah Palin, we see ourselves. She's one of us. And all their shrieking attempts to demonize her just make us rally more strongly around her. We've got your back, Sarah.

  2. There is another aspect to this that annoys me. "Bush Doctrine" is a not a real foreign policy concept. It is just a label used by the media to describe what they think the Prez is thinking.

    Gibson implies that all Gov Palin needs to do is read WaPo & the NYT.

  3. "It is just a label used by the media to describe what they think the Prez is thinking."

    I agree, but it's a little more than that. They use it as a shorthand for whatever stupid, unworkable ignorant thing the Prez is thinking at the moment.

    Whether it's really a bad idea, or whether it's really what the Prez is thinking that day, is beside the point.

    They've used "Bush Doctrine" to describe ALL of Bush's foreign policy stands over the last 8 years.

    It's kind of like the way they use Neocon - it's their shorthand for anyone they don't like.

  4. What Doug said...

    While of course I consider the state of the country, economy, defense, security, - and who I think would be the best combination to oversee all of this - and I happen to think that McCain with Palin fits that bill...

    I also have to admit that, when I "pull-the-lever" and vote, it will be...

    for Sarah.

    - MuscleDaddy


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