Andrew Sullivan has been on fire ever since the Palin announcement. His blog at Atlantic.com has quickly become the go-to site for all things Sarah Palin.

Among the more interesting topics he is covering is the McCain campaign’s decision to not let Sarah Palin do any interviews in which she might actually have to deal with real issues.

One of the few interviews they did allow was a total puff piece in People magazine – and she wasn’t alone. The interview included her husband as well as John and Cindy McCain. I’ll get to that in a second – but I think it’s worth repeating Sullivan’s comment on Steve Schmidt’s decision to protect Palin from the actual press: it is completely sexist.

Does the McCain camp think Sarah is too weak to handle the press? What are they trying to protect her from? Can’t she do an interview WITHOUT her husband?

Can you imagine the response we’d be getting from the GOP if the Obama camp decided that Barack was only going to give an interview to O, The Oprah Magazine? Oh, and by the way, he is going to wait a few weeks after the convention before he gives any TV interviews- and then only to BET.

So back to the people interview.

You can read the whole thing at People.com. And, to be honest, it’s pretty embarrasing for everyone involved.

I understand it is supposed to introduce People’s readers to Sarah Palin and her family, but jeez.. come one. These are not the kind of questions you ask someone you know nothing about but may very well be the future leader of the free world…

* As a new mom, how are you going to juggle all this? (Sarah: my husband helps)
* What’s on the dinner table most often in the Palin house? (Todd: moose hot dogs)
* How do you feel about your son, Track, going off to war in Iraq? (Sarah: we’re nervous)
* Where do your children’s names come from? (Sarah: I used to run Track in high school)

Ok- besides thinking that Track thank’s God every day that his Mom wasn’t in the Marching Band or the Audio Visual Club in high school – I think i learned, well, nothing from this article.

Obviously we didn’t find out anything about her foreign policy experience or her views on anything relevant to the actual office for which she is running.

I will include one more choice selection from the interview here because I think it pretty much sums up the rest…

INTERVIEWER: Meghan, what did you tell your father about his selection?

MEGHAN MCCAIN: It’s girl power and you know I’m all about that. She’s very smart, has a sweet family. Her son’s in the military and my brothers are in the military. We have a lot in common. This is my dream choice. I almost started crying on stage – and I am not a crier – when they were talking about this being the anniversary of women’s suffrage. I couldn’t be more proud. It’s also a reinvention of the Republican Party. She’s such a cool role model – and she’s got great shoes!

This whole thing reminds me of something Bill Maher once said:

?Bush gave an interview and he said people will vote for him because ‘They’ve seen me weep, they?ve seen me laugh, and they?ve seen me hug.’ These are the same qualifications for a Tickle Me Elmo.?

 
  • Thanks, Joseph, for agreeing it’s sexist. I hope you’d say the same thing if it was Hillary Clinton’s handlers doing the same thing too.

  • Palin’s going on with Charlie Gibson from ABC Later. Thought you might like to know. You also might want to check my article on the issue. There’s plenty of reasons (other than sexism) to limit media access right at this moment.

  • @1: We aren’t concerned with Hillary’s handlers anymore…unless they are talking about having her make a difference in this fucking election!

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