Is it fair to ask a would-be vice president these questions? Sure. But I just don't recall seeing anyone quiz Barack Obama on the details of any particular set of policies early on (or later).
"Early on"? Palin jumped into national politics just two weeks ago. The election is in seven weeks. If she isn't asked now, then when ? It's now or never.
On the other hand, Obama has been through 18 months of campaigning, including twenty six debates and countless interviews and speeches, in addition to being a Senator who serves on the Foreign Relations and Homeland Security committees. If you don't know his answers to these questions, you haven't been paying any attention at all to him.
And, for the record, it just looks condescending and inappropriate for one of the great minds of the national media to sit, notebook in hand, quizzing this younger woman, as someone said, as if she were a grad student. Just physically, in those chairs, him leaning back and her leaning in, costs her the appearance of power.
Actually, the set up made the previously invariably likeable Charlie Gibson seem like a condescending jerk.
Words fail me...
Aren't we supposed to ask serious questions of someone applying for a serious job ? Should we skip all that because Palin is a woman ? Or should Palin only allow herself to be interviewed by younger, deferential, women ?
Here she is not knowing what the "Bush Doctrine" is:
Hah! Stupid Palin!
Sadly for our country, while Palin has no idea what Gibson is talking about, it's a safe bet that few viewers know either - he might as well have asked her to describe Inuit marriage rituals; so Palin will win that exchange merely by the fact that she was able to confidently bullshit her way through an answer.