Early in the vice-presidential debate, Sarah Palin said that she might not answer the questions as moderator
Gwen Ifill posed them. This was the Alaska governor’s way of saying she was going to stick to the talking points she had stuffed into her head, no matter what the subject.

Every time she was asked a question it was like someone pulled a string on her back
and one of six built-in lines came out.

(Pout lips, Cock head slightly to right, Wink at Camera, Pull talking points string)
You betcha ya, you awesome tax cut’n maverick Joe Sixpack Hockey mom…

and that was when I shot the television officer.