Palin: Socialism "is where we are headed"

John McCain's '08 running mate tells an admiring Sean Hannity "we told ya so" about Obama.

By Joan Walsh

Published June 8, 2009 9:09PM (EDT)

Matt Drudge is headlining an excerpt from Sarah Palin's interview/lovefest with Sean Hannity, scheduled for tonight at 9 p.m. EDT. No real surprises: Palin still sounds a bit befuddled when she talks about big issues.

We’re borrowing more to spend more ... it defies any sensible economic policy that any of us ever learned through college … We’re borrowing from China, and we consider that now we own 60 percent of General Motors – or the U.S. government does … But who is the U.S. government becoming more indebted to? It’s China. So that leads you to have to ask who is really going to own our car industry than in America.

Say what? Palin's cadence was creepily reminiscent of the time she talked about Putin rearing his head with Katie Couric: "As Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska."

Hannity helps her out by ignoring all of that. Instead he bashes Obama some more: "You know but it goes back – It does go back a little to the campaign. I mean, 'spread the wealth, patriotic duty'" … To which Palin jumps in with "kind of a 'we told ya so.'" (There are several "ya's" instead of "you's" in the transcript; that's Drudge, not me, but if you like the folksy governor, that's probably the sort of thing you like.)

Palin then expresses sadness that she and John McCain didn't convince Americans of the threat that Obama represented. "Maybe we didn’t have a good way of expressing that, or articulating that message of 'here is what America could potentially become if we grow government to such a degree that we cannot pay for it and we have to borrow money from other countries, some countries that don’t necessarily like America.'" Hannity asks if she thinks the country is headed toward socialism, and she agrees.

Well, that is where we are headed. That is where we have to be blunt enough and candid enough and honest enough with Americans to let them know that if we keep going down these roads … nationalizing many of our services, our projects, our businesses, yes, that is where we would head. And that is why Americans have to be paying attention.

You betcha, we have to be paying attention. I have to say, I'm paying rapt attention to the Palin-Newt Gingrich clash of recent days – over whether she plagiarized Newt on Reagan (I happen to think she didn't) and whether she'd wind up attending Monday night's joint fundraiser for the National Republican Senatorial and Congressional Committees (she will). I'm glad she's going to go challenge Gingrich for the GOP spotlight tonight. But even her admirers have to admit she needs help discussing the fine points of the relationship between China, GM and the Obama administration before the first Palin-Gingrich debate of the 2012 primary season.

Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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