I'm not going to belabor the points lots of other bloggers have already made--that Palin was painfully blank on the question about the Bush doctrine, that she was out of her depth on her answer about her experience with Russia, and so on. What struck me was the tone of her voice and her body language. Go back and watch that section about the Bush doctrine, and look at her reply--not the pause, but the reply itself. Palin's attitude is dismissive. It's the attitude of a teenager who feels insulted by the very asking of a question in the first place. There was a tone of condescension in her voice, even in the way she said Gibson's name, which was exacerbated by the stupidity of her answers.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.
Krista, a commenter at Balloon Juice, replied, "And I can see the moon from my bedroom window. Doesn’t make me a fucking astronaut now, does it?"

Based on the clips I'm seeing on C-SPAN this morning, that attitude continues in the rest of the interview that will air today--lots of references to Alaska, and how her experiences there have made her uniquely qualified to, well, I'm not sure what that qualifies her to do, other than to be a wingnut conservative who can't distinguish reality from whatever it is that's going on in her imagination.

Time for the Random Ten, but I'm playing around with it a bit today. Apple has introduced a new feature to iTunes--the Genius button--that's supposed to take a song and make a playlist from it. It reduces the randomness of the party shuffle, which can be nice if, like me, you have a wide variety of music and get occasionally jarred by jumping from Young Jeezy to George Gershwin.

So for this week--and potentially for weeks to come--the Random Ten will begin with the top song on party shuffle, but I'll create a Genius playlist based on that song, and post the first ten songs here, no matter how embarrassing. Here we go.
1. Help Me Mary--Liz Phair
2. Combat Rock--Sleater-Kinney
3. All the Things That Go To Make Heaven and Earth--The New Pornographers
4. Pot Kettle Black--Wilco
5. Told You So--Barenaked Ladies
6. Star Sign--Teenage Fanclub
7. Passive Manipulation--The White Stripes
8. Bad Habit--The Dresden Dolls
9. John Saw That Number--Neko Case
10. Bright Future In Sales--Fountains of Wayne
I'll see how this goes. I might wind up going back to the old way, just for those jarring moments. Meanwhile, leave your lists, random or genius, in comments.

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