Here is a transcript of one portion of the Sarah Palin interview from tonight and the only thing missing is the “Tch!” that she made before and sometimes in the middle of each of her (non) answers. “Tch!” as if she is a snotty Valley Girl and she thinks he’s just being stupid.
And she calls him Charlie.
How condescending, especially since she’s trying to buy time while she tries to remember whether she wrote the answer on the back of her hand or if it’s written on her sleeve. It reminded me of blue books and being confronted with this essay question: compare the economy of Romania to “Pavlov’s Salivating Dog” vs “Priming the Pump”.
Maybe I should fill in the “tch” sounds.
“GIBSON: Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?
PALIN: Tch! In what respect, Charlie?
GIBSON: The Bush — well, what do you — what do you interpret it to be?
PALIN: Tch! His world view.
GIBSON: No, the Bush doctrine, enunciated September 2002, before the Iraq war.
PALIN: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do (sigh) is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell bent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though. Tch! There have been mistakes made. And with new leadership, and that’s the beauty of American elections (gratuitous smirk and a wink at the camera), of course, and democracy, is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better. (Yeah, I think that answer is long enough.)
GIBSON: The Bush doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us…..” (Surprised look followed by quick recovery)
There’s more, but this was just too delicious, the way she tched at him, the way she tried to angle around the question, tried to get him to give her a hint, the way she guessed at the answer (His world view?), oh my.