Monday, September 08, 2008

Josh Marshall: Index Case of Palin Derangement Syndrome

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It's a brutal disease whereby one become completely unhinged by any mention of Palin that does not include a salacious, untruthful rumor. The main symptom is a random pounding on ones keyboard and producing incoherent posts that have nothing to do with reality when viewed by those not afflicted (which is about 60% of the population.)

Here's a great example of this symptom played out today when Marshall became aware that the Charlie Gibson/Paling interview would be a multi-day interview:

Political interviews are never done like this. Because it makes the questioning entirely at the discretion of the person being interviewed and their handlers. The interviewer has to be on their best behavior, at least until the last of the 'multiple interviews' because otherwise the subsequent sittings just won't happen. For a political journalist to agree to such terms amounts to a form of self-gelding. The only interviews that are done this way are lifestyle and celebrity interviews. And it's pretty clear that that is what this will be....

It will be unwatchable.
Perhaps someone should clue Josh in that it was he who has been slamming Gov. Palin for not doing interviews but then when she says that yes, she will be interviewed--and note, not by Fox News, he slams the format. Nothing like continually changing the rules by which Josh Marshall will agree that yes, it's a good format and interviewer. I'm guessing it would have to be Keith Olbermann, Johnathan Alter and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (old "screw them" Kos himself) on the set of Keith's abortion of a show. The fact that Palin would destroy all of them would probably spell the end for Marshall.

Anyway, I fear for Josh Marshall's health--both mental and physical. The late stages include extreme fear of Sarah Palin and the disintegration of the Obama campaign. We're two days into that phase now.

Ann Althouse has more. Additional thoughts along this line here.

Update: Oprah is a member of PDS, yet only is suffering some of the symptoms. Could Palin destroy Obama and Oprah in the same election? No one wants to see Oprah crash and burn but she may get seriously singed by the Obama backlash.

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