‘Palin-speak’ catches on in Europe

October 8, 2008

palin.jpgPoliticians are always looking for new ways of dealing with the press and public. These days, for example, it is quite common for them to say they “misspoke” about something – a neat way of admitting to a mistake without actually doing so. This was made popular by the Richard Nixon’s old press secretary Ron Ziegler who would famously say something one day then announce “I misspoke myself” the next day. Such statements, Time magazine reported in 1973, were “not incorrect, not misinformed, not untrue – simply inoperative, like batteries gone dead”.Is it now possible that press-shy Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has come up with a new technique set to be emulated far and wide? During her debate with Democratic counterpart Joe Biden last week, she responded to one question by saying she was not going to answer it because she wanted to talk about something else.
Probably coincidental, but British finance minister Alistair Darling did much the same thing on Wednesday as he was part nationalising Britain’s bank. “I think I heard enough to be able to answer you, or put it another way, here is the answer I am going to give anyway, regardless of what your question might be!,” he said in response to one question.

Can it be long before we hear someone say “I am going to Palin that one” or “I’ll take a Palin on that”?


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At the same time can we call going a whole debate dodging every single question “pulling an obama” then?

It is certainly what he did last night.

Posted by Ben | Report as abusive


Like how he stated he would go into Pakistan if they didn’t co-operate with us to catch Bin Laden?

Like how he stated he felt that healthcare was a RIGHT and not a responsibility?

Like how he stated that he would never take the military option off the table?

Hmmm which debate did you watch again?

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive

Well I think the Danish prime minister has been doing this for quite a long time, yet slightly different. When ever a journalist or an other politician has raised doubt or critique about a bill or policy… for example if they lied about the intel they had before going to war in Iraq he will just answer “that isn’t an issue” and some times add “that is a non-story”

“What do you say about the recent actions of the minister of integration?

“There isn’t an issue”


Posted by Troels Rohde | Report as abusive

Going into Pakistan?…with out there cooperation
if Obama said that..then may god help us..

Honestly Obama has dodged questions in past
just look around for media on his speeches
hell..they all dodged questions!!

Posted by Shane | Report as abusive

oh that’s right, no democrat ever dodges a question… (except … well all of them). Calling it Palin speak is like calling breathing Obama tactics… write an article that isn’t stupid and ignorant next time please.

Posted by Ben | Report as abusive

BTW @Dave
when the question was asked flat out yes or no, he didnt answer.
Out of all the questions answered he floated back and forth and never stuck to the question… last I checked there was a word for that… hold on I think it is…. DODGING.

handle it.

Posted by Ben | Report as abusive

Libia June 8 08 Col Gadifi Endosed ( OSAMA Barack!, He is one of us, He will lie to get elected then he will be with us!! Osamas plan is pure socialism Let the Working people support all the LAZY,Entitlement people wating for handouts, Health care is NOT a Right !, Its ones own responsibility.We have Democrats that breed like flies and expect others to support their offspring..ROME fell due to the corruption and freeloaders so will the U S A. With Osanas leaded ship .The three thieves from Fannie Mae,Freddie Mac and another are his economic advisors??

Posted by Les | Report as abusive

Like how Ms. Palin neatly denies a human role in climate change, and has even fought hard to keep the threatened polar bear off the endangered species list?

All the while financing her re-election budget, and distributing immensely popular thousand-dollar-checks from state oil revenues each year to Alaskan voters?

Is this supposed to be new, or difficult to understand? Is some tricky new rocket science of politics involved here?

I think not – isn’t it just the old story of a power-hungry politician serving the big Alaskan oil companies, and taking a cut of the proceeds for re-election?

Will she callously help burn the earth into oblivion, while denying it daily? Sure she will, and why not? By the time it happens, she’ll be retired from politics, so why should she care?

In fact, isn’t callousness, not Palin-speak, the major characteristic of Ms. Palin? How else are we to explain why, as mayor of Wasilla, she forced female rape-victims reporting the crime to pay out of their own pocket for the forensic-kit and exam needed in the work-up (see NYT 9/26/08)?

Is it actually that surprising, when she is also on public record in favor of requiring women who become pregnant as a result of r@pe to carry that pregnancy to full-term and birth?

Doesn’t even her new “mavericky” promise to end the earmark-system of pork-barrel-politics rings hollow, when we know she has consistently been the QUEEN of PORK,
–to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars as Alaskan Gov., which included pocketing the many millions earmarked for the Bridge to Nowhere (flip-flopping for it before she was against it, and never against taking the earmarked money),
–and even to the tune of millions in US taxpayers’ money harvested in Washington by hiring a D.C. lobbying firm while she was the small-town mayor of Wasilla (population 7,000)?

Does anyone in the country think she has even one honest word to say about any topic of importance to the American people?

Well, we can thank John McCain for the political bankruptcy she represents being boosted to second-in-command status.

But each one of us must take the time to vote, and make sure that John McCain can thank her for his defeat on November 4th!

Posted by fbla1805 | Report as abusive

LOL…Sara Palin has more experience than Obama…She is the governor of a state…he is just smooth talking senator…another washington empty suit.

Posted by oldewok | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin has wonderful legs. She has a cute and sexy smile. That’s good enough for my loins.

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