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February 6, 2011

WORD SALADS ARE A DISH BEST SERVED COLD.... Former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) decided to weigh in on developments in Egypt yesterday, and her remarks are generating a fair amount of attention. They were, oddly enough, pretty interesting, in a head-shaking sort of way.

Palin gave a speech in California yesterday, but refused to answer questions from attendees or reporters. Instead, she chatted over the phone with a correspondent for radical TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, which asked for her thoughts on President Obama's handling of the situation in Egypt. She responded:

"It's a difficult situation, this is that 3 a.m. White House phone call and it seems for many of us trying to get that information from our leader in the White House it it seems that that call went right to the answering machine. And nobody yet has, nobody yet has explained to the American public what they know, and surely they know more than the rest of us know who it is who will be taking the place of Mubarak and ... not real enthused about what it is that that's being done on a national level and from D.C. in regards to understanding all the situation there in Egypt.

"And, in these areas that are so volatile right now because obviously it's not just Egypt but the other countries too where we are seeing uprisings, we know that now more than ever, we need strength and sound mind there in the White House. We need to know what it is that America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with. And we do not have all that information yet."

She's quite a visionary, isn't she? I've read this a couple of times, trying to understand what it is, exactly, Palin's trying to say, but I can't make heads or tails of it. She apparently prepped the "answering machine" joke -- Palin's humor is just so droll -- not realizing that a coherent answer would need a little more substance. Indeed, when she says she's "not real enthused" about "understanding all the situation there in Egypt," I'm not even sure who Palin's referring to.

She went on to say:

"Remember, President Reagan lived that mantra trust but verify. We want to be able to trust those who are screaming for democracy there in Egypt, that it is a true sincere desire for freedoms and the challenge that we have though, is how do we verify what it is that we are being told, what it is that the American public are being fed via media, via the protestors, via the government there in Egypt in order for us to really have some sound information to make wise decisions on what our position is. Trust but verify, and try to understand is what I would hope our leaders are engaged in right now. Who's going to fill the void? Mubarak, he's gone, one way or the other you know, he is not going to be the leader of Egypt, that that's a given, so now the information needs to be gathered and understood as to who it will be that fills now the void in the government. Is it going to be the Muslim Brotherhood? We should not stand for that, or with that or by that. Any radical Islamists, no that is not who we should be supporting and standing by, so we need to find out who was behind all of the turmoil and the revolt and the protests so that good decisions can be made in terms of who we will stand by and support."

It occurs to me that Palin probably has some advisers who've tried to help her make sense of developments in the Middle East. She's very likely had some briefings and/or received some talking points from those who presumably have some kind of background in foreign affairs.

If so, the problem isn't just that U.S. policy towards Egypt is complex; it's that Palin is so conspicuously unintelligent, she can't even understand the guidance she receives from her own team.

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When Palin goes off the cuff, the cuffs come off the English language.

Posted by: walt on February 6, 2011 at 8:34 AM | PERMALINK

Sadly, she's going to make some other 2012 Republican primary candidate look like a not-jackass. In fact, I wonder if that's why the Republicans suck up to her.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on February 6, 2011 at 8:39 AM | PERMALINK

With this series of "remarks", Palin is now the front runner for the Professor Irwin Corey Award!

Posted by: DAY on February 6, 2011 at 8:42 AM | PERMALINK

My first question would be, why does this moronic nonsense generate a "fair amount of attention'?

There was absolutely no substance, no apparent meaning and no value to her remarks...so why should they garner any attention as "news" simply because she is a manufactured media celebrity?

Posted by: SaintZak on February 6, 2011 at 8:51 AM | PERMALINK

I was told, by a Russian friend, that "trust but verify" was a Russian joke about the KGB, predating Reagan's use of the term (in this case, it was about a teenage child).

Wikipedia seems to agree with my neighbor.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trust,_but_verify

Posted by: dr2chase on February 6, 2011 at 8:52 AM | PERMALINK

I've now read the thing three times and I still don't understand what it is that she's saying. She seems like a elementary school student who hasn't read the source material being caught in a surprise quiz. She knows she needs to bash Obama - seem strong against Islamists, and to get across that she and the American people deserve better. But the output is so garbled and strung together that it is absolutely incoherent. Still - she got her digs in and I think that's what her audience wants.

Posted by: jomo on February 6, 2011 at 8:55 AM | PERMALINK

What cracks me up is Palin's evoking Reagan. Three months ago, she tried to justify her celebrity status by saying, “Wasn’t Ronald Reagan an actor? Wasn’t he in ‘Bedtime for Bonzo,’ Bozo, something? Ronald Reagan was an actor.” Shortly before that she placed Reagan's higher education in California's Eureka instead of Illinois'.

Now in the days leading up to Reagan's birth centennial (Feb. 6), Palin is more respectful. Only her most ardent fans are fooled. When it suits her, she says, in effect, "Reagan . . . was he anybody?"

I'm reminded of the Jean Hagen's great Lena Lamont performance in "Singin' in the Rain."

Posted by: Jerry Elsea on February 6, 2011 at 8:57 AM | PERMALINK

Bla, bla, bla...

Bka, bla, bla, BLA!

So take that Obama. bla bla.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on February 6, 2011 at 8:59 AM | PERMALINK

Methinks she's even less articulate and more incoherent than Dubya. He, at least, confined his nonsense to short phrases.

Posted by: K in VA on February 6, 2011 at 9:01 AM | PERMALINK

She would be the first US president who couldn't score a passing grade on an 8th grade persuasive essay. Obama debating Palin would be like . . .
Tyson boxing Pee Wee Herman
Halladay pitching to a T-baller
Einstein in a Sudoku contest with Kieth Richards
Godzilla v. a real moth

Bring it on Sarah

Posted by: rick on February 6, 2011 at 9:06 AM | PERMALINK

jomo: You read it three times. You may want to go see a psychiatrist to see what type of damage you may have suffered.

I couldn't get through the first paragraph with out my head starting to hurt.

I never made it to the second word salad.

Posted by: Langx on February 6, 2011 at 9:07 AM | PERMALINK

Way, way back when, when I was but a lad, I remember seeing some anti-Vietnam war flier that featured the young girl running from the napalm strike and other bloody scenes. My thought was "This must be part of the McGovern/Democratic presidential campaign!" and looked and looked at the flier for any sign of credits that I could connect to these awful anti-Nixon folks.
By the time I was in high school, I understood that there are political movements that exist outside of the two-party system and that have to be explained by more sophisticated means (And no, I don't like Nixon any more).
Doesn't seem to me that Palin ever grew any more sophisticated about politics than I was when I was eight years old. She seems to think events in Egypt are scripted from above and that there are people who know who the next leader of Egypt is. Uh, sorry Palin, but the world just doesn't work that way.

Posted by: Rich Gardner on February 6, 2011 at 9:07 AM | PERMALINK

Make your day a little bit better
Make your day a little more fun
Take a moment to look at spaghetti
Then take a slide on a republican lip ride
Mix the two and you have a real party
Starchy goodness and sweet cyanide

Posted by: FRP on February 6, 2011 at 9:10 AM | PERMALINK

OK, who has it?

I lent someone my English/Gibberish, Gibberish/English Dictionary.

I need it back.

Without it, I can't make heads or tails out of what "The Whore of Babblin' On" and "The Minnesota TimberMILF" are saying.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on February 6, 2011 at 9:11 AM | PERMALINK

Now there is nothing wrong with overtaking another giants parable , it is after all the core of culture to build on what came before . I would have preferred the stupendously dull to have the modesty to acquaint themselves with their own modest abilities . This apparently is what aids them in their quest for unreflective surfaces , they have no knowledge of themselves . This explains why they are not guilty of plagiarism , too dull to know what they are talking about , uninterested in anything other than personal comfort .

Posted by: FRP on February 6, 2011 at 9:22 AM | PERMALINK

You guys are all working much harder than necessary. $arah is just trying to make the president look bad. And who the hell does she think she is, that apparently SHE should get a personal intelligence briefing on the same level as President Obama?

Dumb, dumber, dumbest.

Posted by: Sarafina on February 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM | PERMALINK

It makes sense, Steve, when you remember that it's all under the umbrella of job creation.

Posted by: Mrs Tilton on February 6, 2011 at 9:26 AM | PERMALINK

@ c u n d gulag

"The Whore of Babblin' On"

She sure is accumulating the nicknames:

  • former half-term governor
  • Caribou Barbie
  • Mooselini
  • Lady BlahBlah

Posted by: navamske on February 6, 2011 at 9:27 AM | PERMALINK

So let me get this straight, the American government is supposed to "trust" but "verify" the participants in a popular uprising in a foreign country? What's her plan for that, exactly?

Posted by: Barbara on February 6, 2011 at 9:27 AM | PERMALINK

@Sarafina

And who the hell does she think she is, that apparently SHE should get a personal intelligence briefing on the same level as President Obama?

Wouldn't giving an intelligence briefing to Sarah Palin be sorta like giving The Pill to a man?

Posted by: navamske on February 6, 2011 at 9:33 AM | PERMALINK

All you need to know about Palin is that soon to be ® attached to her name. That ® perfectly encapsulates all her motivations.

Posted by: AndThenThere'sThat on February 6, 2011 at 9:37 AM | PERMALINK

Giving an intelligence briefing to Sarah Palin be like giving

A winning streak to Kristol

Posted by: FRP on February 6, 2011 at 9:38 AM | PERMALINK

Aw, don't fret $ister $arah. Didn't your "advisors" tell you to stop worrying about the Muslim Brotherhood as Rommel is about to break out of El Alamein at any moment to head to Cairo. You are ever soooo current.

Posted by: berttheclock on February 6, 2011 at 9:40 AM | PERMALINK

Our worst nightmare....Sarah Palin in charge during an event like this.

Her one true rhetorical skill?.....the run-on sentence.

Her greatest failure....total lack of knowledge of what she is talking about and lack of ability, once she finally gets to the end of that sentence, to say anything comprehensible.....or accurate.

Posted by: dweb on February 6, 2011 at 9:48 AM | PERMALINK

It's not hard to grasp the quality of Palin's remarks. She is clearly way too busy to have a coherent statement about Egypt. Why would she, when it won't contribute to her profitable media presence in any significant way? It is "word salad" because she just tossed the buzzwords in the bowl without bothering to arrange them in any connected fashion. If anything, it demonstrates the dearth of respect she has for that radio audience. The canned quip about the 3am phone call was particularly off, but I would respond that Sarah is just phoning it in (yes, literally and figuratively).

Posted by: GP on February 6, 2011 at 9:48 AM | PERMALINK

Once again this dolt comes across as the high school sophomore giving a book report on a work she 'knows' by speed-reading the Cliff's Notes version.

Posted by: Bill From PA on February 6, 2011 at 9:54 AM | PERMALINK

I keep remembering another beauty contestant asked about why 1/5 of Americans couldn't find the US on a world map:

"I personally believe that, U.S. Americans are unable to do so, because some people out there in our nation that dont have maps, and I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should our education over here in the U.S., should help the U.S., er, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future.., for our children... "

Remember that Ms. Palin attended "Miss America University" graduating "Congeniality cum laude" with a third place in the Miss Alaska division in 1984.

Now, I have to point out that just being a beauty contestant doesn't mean...

For example, Bess Meyerson, Miss America 1945, always seemed to be quite intelligent, and she was a somewhat successful New York City and New York State politician.

Every time I hear a quote like this from Ms. Palin I imagine a debate where someone like Ed Koch is one of the questioning panelists, and says:

"I knew Bess Meyerson, I worked with Bess Meyerson, Bess Meyerson was a friend of mine.... And you are no Bess Meyerson!"

Posted by: Rick DeNatale on February 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM | PERMALINK

The NYT reports that she also said, when asked what she would do differently as president:

“I would continue on the same course of not really caring what other people say about me or worrying about the things that they make up, but having that thick skin and a still spine.”

So, she's saying that she wouldn't worry about criticism directed at her by former half-term public officials? Touche Sarah.

Posted by: steve on February 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM | PERMALINK

"The Whore of Babblin' On"

Huh.
Do we really feel a need to go there?
And, if so, is this the part where you tell me to stop being so "politically correct," and lighten up?
Cause I think I've heard something like that once or twice from my neighbor who listens to Rush all day.
It's good to know there is apparently some common ground to be found, after all.

Posted by: smartalek on February 6, 2011 at 10:05 AM | PERMALINK

Steve, simple question for you:

WHO THE HELL CARES WHAT THIS DIMBULB THINKS? WHY ARE YOU PAYING *ANY* ATTENTION TO THIS NON-ENTITY?

Posted by: Calton on February 6, 2011 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

Can't Y'All Hear the Dog-Whistles?

Everybody is working much too hard to "understand" Palin-speak (do I have to pay a royalty for using her name?) It's just continuous babble, without any break or a whole lot of coherence -

BUT! look for the little phrases and nuggets that "shout out" to her base. People catch these little bits, like "3am call" "what America stands for" "Reagan" "sincere desire for freedom" "radical Islamists" "being fed by the media"

People listen for these little catch-phrases that evoke specific stories that they've been hearing for years in their alternate rightwing universe and nod their heads. If any of you have ever watched the old "Star Trek - Next Generation", it's communication like the episode where Captain Piccard voluntarily maroons himself on a little planetoid with an alien captain, in an effort to be forced to understand how the aliens' language works, and finds it's basically a series of allusions to their ancient legends and literature. "Kraka! When the walls fell down!"

If you don't understand this, Palin's discourse seems to be just an incoherent flow of words in her annoying squeaky sing-song. Until you learn the code.

It's just foolish - and marks you as an "elitist" - to write it off as nonsense.

Posted by: zandru on February 6, 2011 at 10:09 AM | PERMALINK

Put down the keyboard and walk away from the Palin and no one will get hurt.

Posted by: martin on February 6, 2011 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

Look, not every country in the world is visible from Alaska, so you can't expect her to be an expert in *all* of them. How's she supposed to know about domestic politics in Egypt, what with it being tucked way down there, near Brazil or something?

Posted by: jonas on February 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM | PERMALINK

The only way to spell the soon to be trademarked Sarah Palin - STFU! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on February 6, 2011 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK

I've now read the thing three times and I still don't understand what it is that she's saying.

Talking Caribou Barbie: "Foreign policy is hard!"

I think on the surface what she's saying is that she can't figure out what side to be on yet and that's all the Obama administration's fault.

Dumbshit that she is, it sounds like she's calling for the administration to reveal in real time the substance of sensitive diplomatic discussions regarding the change of government in another sovereign nation, so that the right wing can refine their oppositional talking points.

Posted by: g on February 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM | PERMALINK
WORD SALADS ARE A DISH BEST SERVED COLD

Lettuce pray.

Posted by: navamske on February 6, 2011 at 11:25 AM | PERMALINK

Zandru is wrong; this is nothing more than incoherent, talk for the sake of talking, contentless babble from Palin. The references aren't dog-whistles to the right; they are phrases she is dredging up because she has nothing insightful or original to say. To me, this sounds like Palin is regurgitating randomly pieces of bullet points from a 2 or 3 page briefing she was handed by advisors, as though she had partially memorized the document but not understood it.

The "3 a.m. call" reference bears no relationship to this situation. The "trust but verify" phrase is equally irrelevant to the issues presented by the crisis in Egypt. But she knows nothing about these issues and understands less, so this is what she pulls out of thin air.

I keep reading that Palin is actually fairly intelligent. Frankly, although this is, of course, relative, I've seen no evidence that she has anywhere near the level of intelligence one would expect from a major party candidate for the Presidency.

Posted by: DRF on February 6, 2011 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

@zandru

If any of you have ever watched the old "Star Trek - Next Generation", it's communication like the episode where Captain Piccard voluntarily maroons himself on a little planetoid with an alien captain, in an effort to be forced to understand how the aliens' language works, and finds it's basically a series of allusions to their ancient legends and literature. "Kraka! When the walls fell down!"

That episode was "Darmok," and Picard was transported to the surface against his will by the Tamarians, who knew there was a creature there and thought maybe Picard and their captain could become BFF if they defeated the creature together. The catchphrase, for lack of a better term, from that episode was "Shaka -- when the walls fell," which in Tamarian meant "FAIL."

But your point is well taken. And hey, since you don't need the word "maroon" in your explanation, how about we apply it (as a noun) to Palin?

Posted by: navamske on February 6, 2011 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

Her language is so fascinating. In a way it's less the classic schizophrenic word salad that it is a matter of her sticking so so many extra words, making it tough to ever pick out the point. I think it's funny when her core base defends the fluidity of her speech as compared to President Obama's "umm's" as though simply motoring through without stopping to think is preferable to actually saying something so long as it sounds smooth on the surface.

On the trademark issue, I wondered when I thought of this image
http://cheerfulsneering.com/?p=259
for a possible widget if it is the sort of thing she wants to protect against. (I'd love some help brainstorming what I should put in the PalmPalin.)

Posted by: Amyloo on February 6, 2011 at 12:00 PM | PERMALINK

Word of advice to my progressive friends who find Palin's ramble incomprehensible - join me as a card carrying member of the GOP and attend their meetings.

Rule #38 - When arguing your point with a progressive, talk non-stop shouting our cliches as it doesn't give them a chance to get a word in edge-wise and you win by default.

Rule #1 thru #10 - Obama is an uppity nigger and not like us and so are all those people on TeeVee in Egypt who are also not like us and are also behaving uppity so we must be against whatever they are protesting about and take a hard line stand against them and invade or nuke them lest other uppity niggers around the globe take notice and decide they too are oppressed and decide to riot and ruin the stability of the planet for those like us and our children.

Posted by: chopin on February 6, 2011 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

O.K., imagine this: Foreign dignitary and Sarah Palin at a meeting and you're the interpreter. Ouch!

Posted by: mmm on February 6, 2011 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

Several more rules that might help y'all

Rule # 666 - Anyone not like us is of the devil.

Rule # infinity - We have GOD on our side!!!!!

Posted by: chopin on February 6, 2011 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

Fortunately for everyone here I have recently completed a course on Palinese and am now qualified to translate what the half-baked Alaskan has said. Translation follows:

"I called the White House at 3 AM but only got the answering machine. They must know more about the Egypt situation than I do, but who doesn't. I wish they would explain it to me in simple terms that I can understand.
All these uprisings scare me. I wish someone would assure me that they have everything under control. I hate it when I am out of control.
One of our founding fathers, Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but verify.”, because he couldn't see Russia from his house like I can. Are those people screaming for democracy gonna pull a bait and switch on us and stick us with a Muslim Brotherhood Caliphate instead of the cooperative dictators we're used to? We need to pull back the curtain on this and make sure that no nefarious people other than us are behind this. It could be radical Islamists financed by George Soros for all we know. This has me all befuddled, I think I will get my gun and go kill something. That always makes me feel better."

Posted by: shivas on February 6, 2011 at 12:35 PM | PERMALINK

Does anyone notice the irony of her praising Reagan in comparison to Obama by saying that "the 3:00 a.m. call went to an answering machine?" Quite aside from the fact that she stole the "3:00 a.m. call" phrase from an article in some rag like American Spectacle or Town Dump, doesn't anyone remember that Reagan's aides frequently let him sleep through a crisis? And perhaps with good reason -- you don't interrupt the sleep of a physically frail old man. Bush of course had very regular and very sound sleeping habits too, although he had no health excuse.

And then there's her statement that we need "a sound mind" in the White House. Isn't it a matter of common knowledge now, even among his staunchest admirers, that Reagan had early symptoms of Alzheimer's before he left office? Obviously that's not his fault, although the ethics of the people around him who concealed it is questionable. And having early Alzheimer's isn't by any means the same thing as being stupid. Gorbachev liked and respected Reagan, and appreciated their discussions, although he privately worried about whether Reagan would later remember what they had agreed.

Posted by: T-Rex on February 6, 2011 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

Awwww, go easy on Sarah there. She just knows her history. Asking if the president knows who is going to fill the power void makes perfect sense since she was clearly referencing the CIA's installation of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as the shah of Iran.

Posted by: BigSouthern on February 6, 2011 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

I believe the translation is something like "Well, it's really hard to be an ignorant snowbilly so I resent the fact that that black man in the White House isn't on TV publicly telling me all the details of his private negotiations, so, obviously, the most important thing to say about Egypt is the way that Washington isn't telling ME, ME, ME what's going on, and isn't that suspicious? And since I don't know what's going on, I can only blame Obama for not telling me in advance what he's going to do. Not that I know what to do, because I'm an ignorant snowbilly who doesn't trust the media, or, really, anyone who has expertise in anything, which means that, aside from my fundamental prejudice against anything that might be Islamic radicalism, I haven't got a clue.

(Yeah, it's pretty stream-of-consciousness. Can't help that. It's the way she thinks.)

Posted by: biggerbox on February 6, 2011 at 12:50 PM | PERMALINK

This is her great talent. It was Reagan's also.
Even when the dog whistles are pointed out, you prefer to think her the one who is stupid.
Reagan was the king of word salad sprinkled well with dog whistles.
If you would rather call her names and laugh at her than understand what she is doing that is certainly up to you.

Posted by: thebewilderness on February 6, 2011 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

DRF disagrees: "The references aren't dog-whistles to the right; they are phrases she is dredging up because she has nothing insightful or original to say. "

Why not both? I won't dispute that Ms. Maroon (thanks, navamske !) is probably just spitting out bullet points she's read, without a whole lot (or any) thought or planning. But these ARE dog whistles, and at the least, applause points. So what if they're irrelevant for the current situation? Everyone in her audience "understands".

Thanks again, navamske for the reminder about Darmok. It was one of my favorite episodes. (Although you'd think I'd remember it better...) And Bugs Bunny's trademark term "maroon" is perfect.

chopin's Rule #38 also applies to Ms. Maroon:

Rule #38 - When arguing your point with a progressive, talk non-stop shouting our cliches as it doesn't give them a chance to get a word in edge-wise and you win by default.

Ms Maroon also depends heavily upon the "motor mouth" technique of just blathering on and on, throwing out one lie and half-truth after another, usually in the dogwhistle shorthand ("3am") of the rightwing. You can't refute her statements; it would take pages of unraveling the jargon, misinterpretations, and deliberate disinformation that her words are based on.

So, she wins! (At least with her base.)

Posted by: zandru on February 6, 2011 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

It's true that Palin is not very articulate but seriously, you can't understand what she is saying? Benen is saying he can only communicate with about 20% of the population. No wonder the right hates the lefty bloggers.

Posted by: Maineiac on February 6, 2011 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

Thebwilderness has an excellent point. Palin is NOT stupid. She's intellectually lazy and uninformed, but she does have a natural talent for demagoguery, and she knows it. She also has the skill, as a former TV personality, of looking right into the camera, smiling, and talking gibberish but make it sound as though she's actually saying something meaningful. Camille Paglia, who has had a hopeless crush on Palin for years, once wrote that "I can tell she's intelligent, I'm a teacher." Yes, as a teacher, I agree. Sarah is very intelligent, like the students who have learned to bull their way through Camille Paglia's classes without cracking a book. Why work hard when they can use their intelligence to get an easy A? Or, in Palin's case, fame and money?

Posted by: T-Rex on February 6, 2011 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

Was she drunk?

I could SO easily see that being a debate team member's answer when positively hammered.

I'd give it a C-, unless she was sober.

Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on February 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

She must have read Joyce's Ulysses once too often.

Posted by: exlibra on February 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK

"(...she thinks.)"
Posted by: biggerbox on February 6, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Assumes facts not in evidence.

Posted by: smartalek on February 6, 2011 at 5:38 PM | PERMALINK

Giving an intelligence briefing to Sarah Palin would (as Thomas Paine would say) be like administering medicine to the dead.

Posted by: Mel in SFV on February 6, 2011 at 7:44 PM | PERMALINK

I think Palin--and/or her handlers--are dumb like a fox. Her stop-start style is somewhat opaque, she's like a bird-dog sniffing for the quarry, but she does finally get to the issue: a leader of "strength and sound mind" ought to darn well tell those Egyptians they just can't have any kind of government they darn well want, darn it! The chilling implication is that if SHE were president she would just nuke 'em. In the rest of the quote she finished by saying how she doesn't care what anyone thinks of her, she has a tough hide. I recall when Dubya during his campaign said he didn't care what any polls said, never paid attention to 'em, and look what we ended up with.

Posted by: JDP on February 6, 2011 at 11:43 PM | PERMALINK

Shameless and evil by default (can't distinguish right from wrong on any level). She is drowning in her own celebrity, unable to articulate any thought or belief clearly.

Sadly, she endures like a coffee-fueled Tourettes' Tirade.

Posted by: Sparko on February 7, 2011 at 12:51 AM | PERMALINK

Before we called them "mama grizzlies" we called them bullshi*ters.

Posted by: mol on February 7, 2011 at 12:57 AM | PERMALINK

Can any one say "Roseanne Roseannadanna"?

Posted by: Marc on February 7, 2011 at 6:05 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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