I came across a blog today written by Dr Alan J. Lipman, a US professor, author and media commentator. His political leanings are pretty obvious, but some of the stuff he writes is very funny. This story of the meeting between Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, for example:

http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

But some of his blog entries are more serious. I hadn't seen this transcript of an excerpt of one of Katie Couric's interviews with Sarah Palin until I read his blog. I've reproduced below his blog entry as well as the transcript because the comments Dr Lipman makes before and after the interview excerpt is what makes it so scary to realise that this woman could be just a heartbeat away from being President of the United States of America (Dr Lipman's comments are in italics):

John McCain chose (Sarah Palin) as his Vice Presidential candidate.

He is 72 years old. He has been treated for a very serious illness. Four times.

He says that Sarah Palin is "ready to be President."


We are currently in what may be the most serious economic crisis in American history.

COURIC: “Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?”

PALIN: “That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.”

Read the above again.

Carefully.

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