Friday, September 12, 2008

letter to a friend

Dear Sarah,

I watched the first part of your interview last night and I knew exactly how you felt. All these complicated questions. That was really not fair. I was in exactly the same situation during all my oral exams and therefore was able to put myself in your shoes yesterday.

Let me just tell you: You did so well! You really prepared the same way I did: Try to imagine what they are going to ask and prepare the answer in advance. That always works just fine. And you were very well prepared. That was really obvious. I liked how you insisted on giving just one answer to the same question, even if it was asked repeatedly in a slightly different way. That just shows how efficient you are. As soon as you heard the signal words, e.g. Iran and Israel, your prepared answer was right on the spot. I mean they cannot really expect that you do more than that, right?

And you were so convincing. When the reporter asked you, whether you have doubts about your readiness to be VP, your answer “I am ready” was very convincing. I guess you practiced the “I am ready” phrase in front of a mirror countless times. Very smart! And the result was just marvelous. You’re a natural.

The thing with the Bush doctrine. Please do not worry about that. They really cannot expect that you prepare for every possible question in advance. And come on! A hockey mom does not have to know stuff like that. Why didn’t he ask you how the last moose hunt went? That really was not fair. But you did a very good job and once again applied the same tactic as me in my oral doctoral exam: If you have no idea what the guy is talking about you just start talking and talking and talking. I did the same thing and it worked fine for me. We both know, that at some point the guy asking the questions is going to clarify. And Charlie did at the end. Good job Sarah!

And your answer with respect to your foreign relation and national security credentials, especially as far as Russia is concerned... perfect. You could not have been more clear when you said, that you can basically see Russia from some parts of Alaska. That must be enough for all these guys doubting your experience that you definitely have, just by living in Alaska. I can see the park down the street from my kitchen window. I mean doesn’t that qualify me to be a tree hugger? We both know it does.

Traveling to Kuwait and a military hospital in Germany really is a big accomplishment and I can totally see why you consider this trip a “trip of a lifetime.” Some commentators were not fair to point out last week that you just spent some time at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany and that’s it. You know, Europe looks the same everywhere anyway. So why bother to go somewhere else and at least the guys at the American military hospital speak your language. May I give you an advice for the next time the foreign experience question comes up? You could point out that you have eaten pasta, pad thai, and sushi before. That connects you to three countries/regions just like that…I am sure you can come up with more until the beginning of October, so that J. Biden will have no arguments.

You definitely demonstrated yesterday that you have more foreign relations experience than Hillary Clinton. You knew how to pronounce the name of the Georgian leader correctly. Remember how Hillary struggled to pronounce the new Russian president’s name last spring? Sarah, you are so much better than her! So much better than everyone.

You tied the Iraq war to 9/11. Some people say that this is just not possible any more after all we knew then and all we know today. But you know, who really cares? In the end, all those people over there are a threat to the U.S. I mean Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Greece…all the same stuff. They all have beards and therefore look suspicious. So you are on the right track. Don’t let them fool you with all that talk about the wrong war and stuff. Keep working on smoking them out of their holes, wherever those holes are. That is god’s will and you know it (even if you couldn’t really say that directly yesterday, because the liberal media would have just taken your words out of context).

Talking about war. I really liked how you pointed out again, that it is just crucial to win the war in Iraq. After all that is what it is really all about: Winning, no matter what and how. If we cannot win the hearts and minds of the people over there we should at least win the war. Whatever that means. The U.S. just does not lose. Especially not now, after China got more gold medals than the U.S. in the Olympics (but to be fair: the U.S. had more medals over all…so we didn’t really lose at the Olympics either).

You also handled the NATO question very well. That was a tricky one. Even though you clearly had no idea what consequences it would have if Georgia joins NATO you guessed the answer from the reporter’s question. I know that is really hard to do and bears some risks. And going to war with Russia over Georgia would be just the same as invading Iraq, or whatever country it was...just a piece of cake as we know now. Well done again Sarah!

You also did a good job telling everyone about your views with respect to who is causing global warming. You agreed that global warming is partly man-made. How in the world could Charlie try to portray you as a Kerry-flip-flopper when he pointed out that you refused to see the human impact in the past. You rightfully denied that assertion because the remarks he was referring to were made before you got introduced to the American people at the convention. Hello??!!! I mean doesn't he know that nothing is older than policy positions taken before the convention?

Sarah, I am really looking forward to watching the next part of the interview tonight. You are one dangerous woman, for the Democrats that is.

Hope you're well,
you friend K.

P.S. I liked the lipstick that you put on for the interview…


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