A new snippet from Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin just came out, and it should resolve any question about whether Palin has had a long-standing interest in the issues facing our country and our world (scroll down for the transcript):
Katie Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious: what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?
Sarah Palin: I've read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.
KC: But, like, what ones specifically? I'm curious.
SP: All of 'em, any of 'em that have been in front of me over all these years.
KC: Can you name a few?
SP: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news too. Alaska isn't a foreign country, where, it's kind of suggested and it seems like, "Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C. may be thinking and doing when you live up there in Alaska?" Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.
Michael Crowley reacts:
"All of them"? Not just Commentary but Dissent, too? Impressive!
Well, I don't know if she's been reading those, but I have a feeling she's a fan of Seinfeld -- particularly the episode called "The Red Dot," where George is sucking up to Elaine's boss, Mr. Lippman, to try to get a job:
MR. LIPPMAN: So, have you ever done this kind of work before?
GEORGE: Well, you know, book reports — that kind of stuff.
MR. LIPPMAN: Who do you read?
GEORGE: I like Mike Lupica.
MR. LIPPMAN: Mike Lupica?
GEORGE: He's a sports writer for the Daily News. I find him very insightful...
MR. LIPPMAN: No, no, no — I mean authors.
GEORGE: Oh! Lot of good ones ... lot of ... good ones. I don't even want to mention anyone because I'm afraid I'm going to leave somebody out.
MR. LIPPMAN: Name a couple.
GEORGE: Who do I like? ... I like ... uh ... Art ... Vandelay.
MR. LIPPMAN: Art Vandelay?
GEORGE: He's an obscure writer. Beatnik, from the Village.
MR. LIPPMAN: What has he written?
GEORGE: Venetian Blinds.
UPDATE: Palin was asked the same question in an interview today (Oct. 3). Now that she's had weeks to think about it, she has some specifics. See the last minute of this YouTube clip.