In Hiding

It’s hard to make your case or prove yourself when you are in hiding, avoiding all press interviews, etc.:

The McCain campaign scrambled to take control of the public debate over vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin, canceling her public appearances and teaming her with high-powered Republican operatives as she prepared for a speech Wednesday night that will be her first, and perhaps most important, chance to define herself to the American public. […]

In Minnesota she has stayed out of the public eye, a contrast with Democratic vice-presidential pick Sen. Joe Biden, who milled about the convention in Denver last week. Gov. Palin refused media interviews and canceled plans to appear at the Republican National Coalition for Life Tuesday.

And as Steve Benen put it:

Avoiding the media, over the long run, is a recipe for disaster. It won’t be long until people start asking, “If she’s afraid of CNN, how can she be expected to take on serious global challenges?”

(Update)

Kevin Drum also chimes in:

This certainly demonstrates boundless confidence in Palin, doesn’t it? She’s great! But, um, no, nobody can talk to her. And of course that goes for John McCain too, who cancelled his scheduled appearance on Larry King tonight. His excuse: CNN’s Campbell Brown had gone “over the line” in an interview with McCain flack Tucker Bounds and he was mad about it. Anybody buying that? Normally I might just write it off to McCain’s famous sense of self-righteousness, but in this case it’s pretty obvious he cancelled his appearance because he doesn’t want to face the press either until he learns a little bit more about his “soulmate.” Not to worry, though. I’m sure the vetting will be done any day now.

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10 thoughts on “In Hiding

  1. All of this worry is from the left leaning media of course… She wouldn’t have to stay away if Obama’s cronies had listened to him and left her daughter out of it. Of course as a politician, that’s what he wants. Have you heard and read some of the things they are saying? Of course you have, but I doubt we’ll see you post on that mess.

  2. David Frum? George Will? Left leaning media?

    Obama hasn’t even commented on her daughter other than to say the children of those on each ticket should be left alone.

    I think a lot of what’s been said about the family has been unnecessary and uncalled for. I haven’t even brought it up because I don’t even think it’s worth repeating. And I think it’s unfair to blame Obama for the actions of those on the extreme left. That would be like saying John McCain is somehow responsible for the views by those on the extreme right, like Palin’s pastor for instance.

  3. you talking over what i said and changing the conversation i started is a bit unfair. i was explaining WHY she has been pushed into “hiding”. i was not commenting on your quotes. And the left heads this up where it concerns the negative comments about her daughter. to think or say otherwise is, well diluted. so i am saying, if weren’t for them, and the parade of “Obama Supporters” (that is what it says under their names on CNN and the like. remaining silent on those folks does not make Barry look so good) then she wouldn’t have to avoid anyone. Obama bears some blame. His surrogates and his supporters are doing this. To ignore them and not reject it is a political maneuver. If you think otherwise, you have stopped thinking and are not far from worshiping.

    2 days ago i thought mccain had blown it. now it looks like the backlash over the left’s reaction and obama’s silence in the face of some hideous stuff out there may make her the home run they hoped for. see, they were smart. hillary got the sexism ball rolling and gained traction with it. now it LOOKS like she was right all along, whether she was or not. pretty smart i’d say.

  4. How can you say Obama has been silent when you yourself blogged about his response to all of the digging into Palin’s family information? Here’s a refresher on the exact quote you posted on your blog:

    “I have heard some of the news on this and so let me be a clear as possible: I have said before and I will repeat again, I think people’s families are off limits, and people’s children are especially off limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics,” the Democrat said forcefully. “It has no relevance to Governor Palin’s performance as governor, or her potential performance as a VP. And so I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories,” he continued.

    and to add to that, Obama has also put this statement out:

    “I am offended by that statement. There is no evidence at all that any of this involved us,” he said. “Our people were not involved in any way in this, and they will not be. And if I thought there was somebody in my campaign who was involved in something like that, they would be fired.”

    I would say that’s not exactly being silent on the issue.

    As for whether or not this was a good pick, in the long run, no one knows. I think that will depend on Palin’s ability to show some competency on the issues in interviews and the debates. But in the short term, it’s completely taken the focus of the attack on Obama. It has put the GOP on the defensive, especially now they are complaining about the media scrutiny on Palin. I think it’s a really bad time for the GOP to wage war with the media while we’re just a few months from election day.

  5. Oh, you got me!!! :)You are correct, I did like that he came out with that statement. But He said that BEFORE the worst of attacks started yesterday and today. 2 days in this election cycle is an eternity. But we’re getting nowhere. We have to agree to disagree I guess.

    And before you ping me as being in the bag for McCain, I am not voting for him either.

  6. yeah, evan. i saw that. i thought it was pretty funny. it not surprising that pundits, on both sides, say one thing when they are “on” but when the red light goes off, they come back down to reality.

  7. You’re probably right about that. I wonder how many of them are like this, in comparison to the ones who aren’t all that different from their on-screen persona?

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