Palin's number-one metaphorical finger-banger John Zeigler has urged her to accept an invitation to Jake Tapper's program for an interview. This, however, will not happen, even with his semi-drunken ramblings on.
And the damage control for Palin's soon-to-be rejection has already begun over at Hot Air.
Two possible arguments for why she shouldn’t do it. One: Tapper won’t give her a fair shake. Does anyone believe that, though? Granted, JT shouldn’t have excised the term “ObamaCare” from his blog posts just because a few lefty idiots complained, but that’s the only (very minor) sin he’s guilty of that I can recall. There are multiple posts in our own archives about him being tough on Gibbs, and he’s a straight enough shooter to have earned the respect of a Palin-defending media critic as stalwart as Ziegler. He’s not going to ask her what she likes to read, especially not when there’s plenty of topical material circulating on her own Facebook page these days to inquire about. If you want a fair yet challenging interview, that’s your guy.
Two: She’s not ready for an interview with someone who’s not necessarily favorably disposed to her. There may be Palin-haters willing to argue that position, but surely not Palin-supporters. Ziegler thinks she’s plenty capable of handling Tapper’s questions, and the fact that she writes her own Facebook posts supports his position. If you’re serious about her running for presidency, one of the easiest ways to convince swing voters that she knows more than her detractors give her credit for would be to do a “prestige” Sunday show away from the safe haven of FNC. How about it? Israel, the oil spill, offshore drilling, Iranian nukes, the midterms and beyond — there’s plenty to talk about. Palin 2.0 launches now. Exit question: Does Tapper realize that if he trips her up with even a single question, some of her hardest core fans are going to call him a communist?
And here's two points from me to rebuke what Allahpundit is trying to do - aside from his attempt to convince people that her Facebook posts aren't ghost-written.
First: I'm sensing a set-up from Zeigler. If she goes on ( and I honestly don't think she will ) and she flubs ( like she most certainly would ) Zeigler's probably going to have enough material from conservative friends, a possible second interview with Palin, and plenty of video footage from the as-yet interview to make another film for Rich Lowry to masturbate to while he's sipping on his iced tea.
Second: Allah is correct - she's not ready for an interview where someone like Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly is going to hold her in the warm arms of the editing suite and practically feed her the answers through a sippy-cup. And yes, the lunatic-fringe Palin fanatics will most certainly lambaste the interview even if there is a modest give and take with Tapper. After all, Jake is known to coddle to the conservative base when he knows it will give him at least a weeks worth of street cred with them. But is that the mitigating factor when decided whom Palin should and shouldn't speak to - whether or not they think the interviewer is going to play a game of tee-ball with her?
I'm really hoping that this will happen. I'm sure, like Allahpundit, that Tapper would stay away from the "what do you read" type questions, but if he asks a question even on par with "what do you think of the Bush doctrine", the Palin is toast.