The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla

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  1. sargon20

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    The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla

    Electronic devices dislike me. There is never a day when something isn’t ailing. Three out of these five implements — answering machine, fax machine, printer, phone and electric can-opener — all dropped dead on me in the past few days.

    Now something has gone wrong with all three television sets. They will get only Sarah Palin.

    I can play a kind of Alaskan roulette. Any random channel clicked on by the remote brings up that eager face, with its continuing assaults on the English Lang.

    There she is with Larry and Matt and just about everyone else but Dr. Phil (so far). If she is not yet on “Judge Judy,” I suspect it can’t be for lack of trying.

    What have we done to deserve this, this media blitz that the astute Andrea Mitchell has labeled “The Victory Tour”?

    I suppose it will be recorded as among political history’s ironies that Palin was brought in to help John McCain. I can’t blame feminists who might draw amusement from the fact that a woman managed to both cripple the male she was supposed to help while gleaning an almost Elvis-sized following for herself. Mac loses, Sarah wins big-time was the gist of headlines.

    I feel a little sorry for John. He aimed low and missed.

    What will ambitious politicos learn from this? That frayed syntax, bungled grammar and run-on sentences that ramble on long after thought has given out completely are a candidate’s valuable traits?

    And how much more of all that lies in our future if God points her to those open-a-crack doors she refers to? The ones she resolves to splinter and bulldoze her way through upon glimpsing the opportunities, revealed from on high.

    What on earth are our underpaid teachers, laboring in the vineyards of education, supposed to tell students about the following sentence, committed by the serial syntax-killer from Wasilla High and gleaned by my colleague Maureen Dowd for preservation for those who ask, “How was it she talked?”
    My concern has been the atrocities there in Darfur and the relevance to me with that issue as we spoke about Africa and some of the countries there that were kind of the people succumbing to the dictators and the corruption of some collapsed governments on the continent, the relevance was Alaska’s investment in Darfur with some of our permanent fund dollars.
    And, she concluded, “never, ever did I talk about, well, gee, is it a country or a continent, I just don’t know about this issue.”

    It’s admittedly a rare gift to produce a paragraph in which whole clumps of words could be removed without noticeably affecting the sense, if any.

    (A cynic might wonder if Wasilla High School’s English and geography departments are draped in black.)

    (How many contradictory and lying answers about The Empress’s New Clothes have you collected? I’ve got, so far, only four. Your additional ones welcome.)

    Matt Lauer asked her about her daughter’s pregnancy and what went into the decision about how to handle it. Her “answer” did not contain the words “daughter,” “pregnancy,” “what to do about it” or, in fact, any two consecutive words related to Lauer’s query.

    I saw this as a brief clip, so I don’t know whether Lauer recovered sufficiently to follow up, or could only sit there, covered in disbelief. If it happens again, Matt, I bequeath you what I heard myself say once to an elusive guest who stiffed me that way: “Were you able to hear any part of my question?”

    At the risk of offending, well, you, for example, I worry about just what it is her hollering fans see in her that makes her the ideal choice to deal with the world’s problems: collapsed economies, global warming, hostile enemies and our current and far-flung twin battlefronts, either of which may prove to be the world’s second “30 Years’ War.”

    Has there been a poll to see if the Sarah-ites are numbered among that baffling 26 percent of our population who, despite everything, still maintain that President George has done a heckuva job?

    A woman in one of Palin’s crowds praised her for being “a mom like me … who thinks the way I do” and added, for ill measure, “That’s what I want in the White House.” Fine, but in what capacity?

    Do this lady’s like-minded folk wonder how, say, Jefferson, Lincoln, the Roosevelts, et al (add your own favorites) managed so well without being soccer moms? Without being whizzes in the kitchen, whipping up moose soufflés? Without executing and wounding wolves from the air and without promoting that sad, threadbare hoax — sexual abstinence — as the answer to the sizzling loins of the young?

    (In passing, has anyone observed that hunting animals with high-powered guns could only be defined as sport if both sides were equally armed?)

    I’d love to hear what you think has caused such an alarming number of our fellow Americans to fall into the Sarah Swoon.

    Could the willingness to crown one who seems to have no first language have anything to do with the oft-lamented fact that we seem to be alone among nations in having made the word “intellectual” an insult? (And yet…and yet…we did elect Obama. Surely not despite his brains.)

    Sorry about all of the foregoing, as if you didn’t get enough of the lady every day in every medium but smoke signals.

    I do not wish her ill. But I also don’t wish us ill. I hope she continues to find happiness in Alaska.

    May I confess that upon first seeing her, I liked her looks? With the sound off, she presents a not uncomely frontal appearance.

    But now, as the Brits say, “I’ll be glad to see the back of her.”
     
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    Its comical to see paranoid leftists attack Palin even after the election. A God-fearing mother that has devoted her life to public service is not a threat you blithering idiot.

    Howsabout you direct your paranoia toward a real enemy or legitimate threat to our nation or economic well-being?
     
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    This article has remained the most emailed article from the New York Times for the past several days.
     
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    Did I hear the word 'God'? :biggrin1: I think it's time the GOP gave up on God ---
    To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh.


    It is SO much fun watching the GOP ship capsize and dudinvestor along with it. :tongue: I SURE hope the GOP nominates her in 2012.
     
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    Don't put me in the religious-right camp, douchebag. If attacking a harmless woman, mother, public servant, and productive member of society makes you feel better about your hourly worship of your messiah, then so be it. But these attacks are ridiculous and yesterday's news.
     
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    Poor poor dudinvestor. What makes me feel good is watching the most corrupt enterprise in my lifetime sink to the bottom of the North Atlantic with Palin as captain of the GOP Titanic. Is the water cold enough? It's only going to get colder and darker. One more senate seat lost today. 2012 will complete the sinking of the GOP.

    Among Jewish voters, 78 percent went for Obama. Sixty-six percent of under-30 voters did likewise. Forty-five percent of voters ages 18-29 are Democrats compared to just 26 percent Republican; in 2000, party affiliation was split almost evenly.

    The young will get older, of course. Most eventually will marry, and some will become their parents. But nonwhites won't get whiter. And the nonreligious won't get religion through external conversion. It doesn't work that way.

    Given those facts, the future of the GOP looks dim and dimmer if it stays the present course. Either the Republican Party needs a new base -- or the nation may need a new party.
     
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    I can't wait to re-introduce some of your partisan worship and psychobabble bullshit in about 6 months when Barry, Barney, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd and the gang shipwreck our country into oblivion. Oh, and Wall Street bankrolled about every charity and social service organization in the country for the last twenty years, so as you are frolicking in its demise, remember who fed that cause.:cool:
     
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    Its comical to see paranoid leftists attack Palin even after the election. A God-fearing mother that has devoted her life to public service is not a threat you blithering idiot.......................wackos for haysuse
     
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    I noticed the anger more so from women... I think for some, Palin keeping her baby, reminds them of the babies they aborted in high school and college... and they are letting that guilt vest into anger against her.
     
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