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Reactions To The Palin Interview

Wednesday, October 1, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Lots of reactions to my interview with Governor Palin (transcript and audio below):

The Los Angeles Times’ Andrew Malcolm:

You can bet Biden’s aides are poring over the Hewitt interview too, looking for rehearsed response lines for Biden to drop in with apparent spontaneity.

“Governor,” Biden might say, “I’m from Scranton, Pa. I know Joe Six-Pack. And, governor, you’re no Joe Six-Pack.”

Then Palin could pause for the derisive laughter to subside and calmly observe: “Senator, I know a lot of Joe Six-Packs. And not one of them has been living off the United States Senate like you for 36 years.”

More from MSNBC’s First Read,

ABC’s Political Radar,

Politico’s Jonathan Martin,

National Review’s K-Lo,

The WaPo’s Chris Cillizza,

The Christian Science Monitor,

and Jake Tapper.

What matters most is the reaction among independents and conservatives, and judging from e-mail and threads like this one at FreeRepublic.com, even a brief, 10-minute burst of Palin’s candor and charm renewed the energy among her backers and the interest among the undecideds. Palin is so thoroughly, authentically not-Beltway and anti-elitist that even the pounding from the left facilitated by the Couric interview has not left a mark on Palin. If anything, the next five weeks will amplify and celebrate the fact that she started in the lion’s den and walked out smiling.

The election already felt like 1976, where Ford rushed to a dead heat and lost by a nose to Carter, and not just because Obama is Carter without the experience. Sarah Palin is part of the closing strategy and I expect her to be back on my show and many others at greater length than her debate prep allowed yesterday. The more she talks, the greater the enthusiasm for her, which makes her the anti-Biden. And the fury she ignites on the left reminds the American center that Obama is powered by the Great Snarl, a new and very disquieting development in mainstream American politics.

McCain-Palin is appealing to Joe Six Pack, and Obama is counting on MSM and the shock troops of Ayers, Kos and Michael Moore. At this writing, Gallup has Obama up 6 points, 49 to 43, but the five weeks ahead make such a “gap” irrelevant. Especially if John McCain keeps leading, Sarah Palin keeps connecting, Barack Obama keeps ducking and Joe Biden keeps talking.

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