Sarah Palin made it clear that she was not running to seek the good opinion of elites. And the elites are letting her have it.
Consider this exchange between Couric and Palin during their interview on CBS News. A transcript can be found at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/24/eveningnews/main4476173.shtml:
Couric: You said, quote, "John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business." Other than supporting stricter regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, can you give us any more examples of his leading the change for more oversight?
Palin: I think that the example you cited, with his warning two years ago, about Fannie and Freddie - that, that's permanent. That's more than a heck of a lot of other senators or representatives did for us.
Couric: But he's been in Congress for 26 years. He's been the chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.
Palin: He's also known as the maverick through taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he's been talking about - the need to reform government.
Couric: But can you give any other concrete examples? Because I know you've said Barack Obama is a lot of talk and no action. Can you give me any other examples in his 26 years of John McCain truly taking a stand on this?"
Palin: I can give you examples of things that John McCain has done, that has shown his foresight, his pragmatism, and his leadership abilities. And that is what America needs today.
Couric: I'm just going to ask you one more time - not to belabor this point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.
Palin: I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you.
Now, I will say that most of Couric's questions were reasonable. But when she said, "I'm just going to ask you one more time" her elitist eyes blinked. She spoke to Palin in a way she did not with Joe Biden.
There were some eyes raised when Joe Biden told the world FDR went on TV to talk about the Depression. Biden said, "When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the TV and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'look, here's what happened."
And to whom did Biden reveal this pearl of wisdom unto? None other than Katie Couric.
Did Couric remind him there was no such thing as TV in 1929? Did Couric ask Biden if he knew Herbert Hoover had been in office when the stock market crashed?
Not only does Couric not correct Biden but they don't even note his error in their report on their bloody website. (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/09/22/eveningnews/main447063.shtml)
You can bet your bottom dollar if Sarah Palin couldn't name FDR's Secretary of the Treasury or had stated John Paul Stevens was appointed to the Supreme Court by Jimmy Carter, Couric would have ripped her from belly button to rectum.
Katie Couric has every right to be tough with Sarah Palin. But her condescension is unnecessary. Especially if she isn't prepared to hold Biden to the same tough standards that she holds Palin.