How many Republican talking points are in a given sample of Palin-speak?

This is totally real. It was shot by a friend of Palin's, and reported on by the WSJ. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/10/29/sarah-palin-2009-calendar-girl/

Via Fox “News” (for the record, no more news than MSNBC “news”):
I believe that I am [qualified to be president] because I have common sense, and I have, I believe, the values that are reflective of so many other American values. And I believe that what Americans are seeking is not the elitism, the kind of a spinelessness that perhaps is made up for that with some kind of elite Ivy League education and a fact resume that’s based on anything but hard work and private sector, free enterprise principles.

i.) Common sense

ii.) Values

iii.) American Values

iv.) Elitism

v.) Ivy League [bad]

vi.) spinelessness [of enemies] 

vii.) hard work

viii.) private sector

ix.) free enterprise

That’s nine talking points packed into 75 words. Jon Stewart’s writers are is right. Other politicians use talking-points as recognizable signposts to orient listeners. But once these basic positions have been established, they proceed to make original (or at least originally phrased) points adapted to the current demands of the situation. But Palin’s speech is a string of talking-points, partisan truisms, and shameless audience-flattery (and she self-selects her audience so vigorously she never has to adjust her act for the situation). It is not even accuate to say she is talking points all the way down, because that would imply a depth she does not have. Palin is not even shallow.

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One Response

  1. I bet some “elitist” education would make her speeches more understandable to those of us with minimal english training.

    I agree though Bento. Shallow just doesn’t even define Palin anymore.

    It is starting to scare me more that people are backing Palin. At least with other Republicans I can understand their arguments even if I disagree with them. Palin’s however…ya..I had to read that paragraph a few times.

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