- By Blake Hounshell
Blake Hounshell is managing editor at Foreign Policy, having formerly been Web editor. Hounshell oversees ForeignPolicy.com and has commissioned and edited numerous cover stories for the print magazine, including National Magazine Award finalist "Why Do They Hate Us?" by Mona Eltahawy. He also edits The Cable, FP's first foray into daily original reporting, and was editor of Colum Lynch's Turtle Bay, which in 2011 won a National Magazine award for best reporting in a digital format.
Blake joined Foreign Policy in 2006 after living in Cairo, where he studied Arabic, missed his Steelers finally win one for the thumb, and worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Blake was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Awards prize for young journalists for his reporting on the Arab uprisings, and his Twitter feed was named one of Time magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011." Under his leadership, in 2008, Passport, FP's flagship blog, won Media Industry Newsletter's "Best of the Web" award in the blog category. Along with Elizabeth Dickinson, he edited Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, the memoirs of former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
A graduate of Yale University, Blake speaks mangled Arabic and French, is an avid runner, and lives in Washington with his wife, musician Sandy Choi, and their toddler, David. Follow him on Twitter @blakehounshell.
Adam Nagourney has a good story in the New York Times about growing Republican fears that Sarah Palin, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee, is going to crash and burn in Thursday’s debate with Democrat Joe Biden.
Palin flew to her running mate John McCain’s Arizona ranch yesterday to begin three days of intense debate preparations. Will she be ready?
Given Palin’s abysmal performance in her recent interview with Katie Couric of CBS, I seriously doubt it. She just doesn’t seem like she has given any thought to major issues in economics and foreign policy, ever, and the “gibberish” she utters when forced off her talking points shows it painfully. Nor does she appear to have the base of knowledge necessary to absorb the briefings she is being so desperately given — something that takes years, not days, to acquire. And that’s why this automated computer script (thanks, Andrew) sounds about as intelligible as Palin does. It’s why Saturday Night Live could use actual quotes to mock the Alaska governor in a comedy sketch.
As the Atlantic‘s James Fallows, an Obama supporter, put it after seeing Palin speak with Couric about foreign policy, “After thirty years of meeting and interviewing politicians, I can think of exactly three people who sounded as uninformed and vacant as this. All are now out of office. One was a chronic drunk.” The average reader of USA Today would do better, frankly.
I’m sorry if this sounds unduly partisan, folks, but I have to call it like I see it. McCain is a great hero, he has done some good things in the Senate, and he might make a wonderful president. But if he wins, he damn well better stay alive.