Greg Sargent is right, the McCain campaign’s obsession with keeping Sarah Palin from having to answer questions from the press is reaching absurd levels. During her series of photo ops with world leaders in New York yesterday, the campaign first wanted to keep the press out completely except for a camera. Then they agreed to allow one reporter in to give a pool report. And here is part of that pool report:
McCain then looked around the room and gestured as if to welcome questions. The AP reporter shouted a question at Gov. Palin (“Governor, what have you learned from your meetings?”) but McCain aide Brooke Buchanan intervened and shepherded everybody out of the room.
Palin looked surprised, leaned over to McCain and asked him a question, to which your pooler thinks he shook his head as if to say “No.”
She can’t even answer that question? We can’t be surprised. Look at the gibberish she’s produced even when asked friendly questions from supporters. Sargent’s conclusion is also spot on:
What’s really sobering is that the McCain campaign continues to block Palin from answering questions even though it’s now resulting in reams and reams of bad press for the McCain-Palin ticket. That suggests McCain advisers know that letting her answer even the most elementary questions in an uncontrolled environment is so dangerous that it’s worth weathering the current media drubbing they’re taking in order to prevent it from happening at all costs.
That speaks volumes. It should be clear to anyone without rose-colored eyeballs by this point that Palin has been thrown into the deep end of the pool and is not ready to swim.