"I'm pleased now to turn to Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin for a moment. I've been asked by the McCain campaign not to call this an interview, since they have announced that this is only a targeted chat, with her first 'real' interview to be on ABC - God knows why - and her first media interview to be at something called Fried Green al-Qaedas. So, Governor Sarah Palin. That really is an all-American name."

"Thank you, Neil."

"Well, we've been told that the only thing you will be able to discuss today is the takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the federal government. Is that true?"

"Is it true that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been taken over by the federal government? Yes it is, Neil. It happened just yesterday. I'm surprised you haven't heard about it."

"Just for the sake of argument, let's assume that I haven't heard about it. How would you explain the situation to me?"

"I'm not explaining anything to you, Cavuto. You just prefaced your statement by announcing that you were looking for an argument. I'm not stooping to that level of discourse, so unless you can lower the hostility level, I am ending this interview."

"Okay, I'm sorry, Governor, it was just a figure of speech and... do you see the governments takeover of these two teetering financial institutions as a positive development?"

"Yes."

"And why do you see it as a positive element?"

"I think that if you look at the McCain-Palin position, you'll find that we're pretty much in agreement with Paul Krugman."

"Really? Paul Krugman of the New York Times? What does he say?"

"What we believe."

"I mean, what is the substance of his position."

"Debt deflation."

"Debt deflation? Uh, that's a concept, and uh... it's kind of like if I asked you about how you would fix Social Security, and you answered 'old people'. If you could just..."

"I am not going to sit here while you try to go on some sort of fishing expedition with me, which is all you media people seem to want to do. I am here to talk about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, not Social Security."

"My apologies. I was going for a sort of analogy there, and..."

"Well your analogies are not appreciated."

"Okay, then. It would seem, on the surface at least, that the McCain and Obama camps are essentially in agreement on the crisis in the mortgage finance industry. Am I correct?"

"No."

"Why not?"

"Look, you are supposed to be the reporter here, and yet you seem to want me to do all of your research for you. I don't care for the way you keep hammering away at me like this, just looking for a flaw. On behalf of the non-elite majority of the American people, I am telling you to back off."

"Thank you, Governor Palin, for that exclusive interview. Although I can't say this officially as a FOX news reporter, I can assure you that many of us here wish you good fortune in the upcoming weeks."

"That is so wishy-washy, Neil."

 

2008, Mark Hoback