Palin speech a syntactical comedy of errors

November 11, 2009

And now for something completely different. Jonathan Martin covered a speech by Sarah Palin for Politico last week. Comedy gold.

On healthcare:

“What may they feel about an elderly person who doesn’t have a whole lot of productive years left?….In order to save government money, government health care has to be rationed… [so] than this elderly person that perhaps could be seen as costing taxpayers to pay for a non-productive life? Do you think our elderly will be first in line for limited health care? And what about the child who perhaps isn’t deemed normal or perfect per someone’s subjective measure of their use or questionable purpose in the eyes of a panel of bureaucrats making our health care decisions for us,”

Also this:

“It is so bogus that society is sending a message right now and has been for probably the last 40 years that a woman isn’t strong enough or smart enough to be able to pursue an education, a career and her rights and still let her baby live.”

And the pièce de résistance:

Noting that there had been a lot of “change” of late, Palin recalled a recent conversation with a friend about how the phrase “In God We Trust” had been moved to the edge of the new coins.

“Who calls a shot like that?” she demanded. “Who makes a decision like that?”

She added: “It’s a disturbing trend.”

Unsaid but implied was that the new Democratic White House was behind such a move to secularize the nation’s currency.

But the new coins – concerns over which apparently stemmed from an email chain letter widely circulated among conservatives – were commissioned by the Republican-led Congress in 2005 and approved by President Bush.


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Keep it coming. If I was religious, I’d pray that she wasn’t crooked and stupid enough to be the next Ronald Reagan.

Posted by Pete Cann | Report as abusive

Oh no! Rolfe, I will forgive you for mentioning that thing, but only because you used the word comedy in your piece. I fear we will all be hearing more from her as the years wear on. Sadly, she’ll never make any more sense than she currently doesn’t.

Posted by DannyW | Report as abusive

Nancy Pelosi declared a democrat hadn’t won the congressional seat in NY 23 for 100 years. Actually, more than 10 have; the most recent in the 90’s.Rolfe, as long as people like you have a compulsive need to zero in on Palin’s errors of fact but fail to mention major headscratchers like Obama’s now time capsule,”Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii”,you will sway no one with your bias but, rather, appear far more the clown than Palin.

Posted by John Carpenter | Report as abusive

Palin is no supergenius, to be sure. But it is far more disturbing that this sort of hyper-partisan tripe is subsidized and distributed by an organization such as Reuters.Arguably, it is the height of good fortune that in such dangerous times, when horribly flawed economic and political theory is threatening the continuation of the American experiment and the fourth estate has fully abandoned its purpose in order to function as propaganda, sufficiently variable and non-controlled media alternatives exist.

Posted by Vernon Norbert | Report as abusive

More clown than Palin, John?Perhaps you’re impressed by the way she strung those words in her speech together? She is smarter than her supporters.

Posted by ericmiami | Report as abusive

I don’t have time to list all of the derogatory terms I think of when dear Sarah is mentioned. My favorites are “nutjob” and “ignoramus”.

Posted by sysin3 | Report as abusive

Rolph, I often enjoy your perspective. I assume from the perspective inherent in this posting, though, that you did not attend the speech. I am a huge fan of Sarah Palin and immediately thought while reading this article at (left leaning) Politico, that Sarah’s words have been removed from context and made to seem nonsensical. You may enjoy laughing at Sarah Palin to your small minded heart’s content, but know that many, many bright attentive Americans know Sarah to be a bright and thoughtful American standing up for what America needs. Sarah stands for us.

Posted by Terry | Report as abusive

There are undoubtedly many who claim to understand what Palin is talking about and support her. I think their understanding is on a level beneath the language we hear her speak. If we could run her words through a computer that could then spit out exactly what was driving them it might be very simple things like “I’m mad as hell!” and “The country is going down the toilet” that would come out. Right on! You tell ’em sister!Being emotionally aroused to the detriment of clear communication can get shouts of approval but it doesn’t get anything done on a practical level. Yes, Sarah, we know you are pissed, but tell us what you propose to do about it on a practical level…what is your plan beyond getting into office? Come down to a rational level and make whatever case you can. Not many politicians can do that but give it a try.

Posted by CB | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin is just an opportunist cashing in on McLames’s shame.

Posted by rblrdr | Report as abusive

She’s definitely as articulate as any number of American Vice Presidents including the incumbent Joe Biden.I do recall her speech at the Republican convention and it was delivered very well. So well, in fact, the Democrats and their media auxilliary have focused on Sarah Palin to the almost total exclusion of any other Republican. If she is such a buffoon why all the effort?My guess is that they are shitting their pants over facing Palin in 2012.

Posted by sangellone | Report as abusive

I guess it doesnt matter much if sarah is smart or not,talks great or not, has a great brain or not;Obama will goin the next elections , She will become president.the system in US works different, there are two parties and one president but they are all dummy.They can only fight with each other but cannot decide on most of the issues. They are fully controlled by the rich money owners, the top rich 1% of this country.They use the lobbying tools and order them to pass any law they want, The rest is the comedy to watch for us.What difference does it make a good or bad president, nothing. Rich decide even when to go war.In between these rich czars there are other most powerfull groups like jewish bankers( i.e. goldman) and masons. they will never loose, always we the people loose, they always win, this is the rule of the game. We people are just players in their rule of game,when we win, they change the rules, when they loose they change the rules again, so that at the end they will always win.

Posted by john | Report as abusive

Much to the chagrin of the world this buffoon will most likely win the presidency in 2012. That says more about the level of intelligence in America than it does about Ms Palin. That she is an ego maniac completely taken with herself and a little less than smart is not even in question. Look at America, stuck in two wars, horrible health care for it’s citizens, incredible false sense of self importance and rampant smug stupidity. At first I wanted to say, keep the idiocy coming Ms Palin but after reading various replies here and elsewhere I’ve come to the conclusion that she is perfect for a country that has reached it’s pinnacle and is now on a downward slide. What can be said in five words will take her an hour and that’s an hour less time spent focusing on the bread lines and coming pandemonium. Ciao..

Posted by gp | Report as abusive

Rolfe,Pres. Obama has made many a mistake when he does not use the crutch, i.e. teleprompter. Why is it the media does not focus on all of his errors and ommissions, but they zero in on Palin’s. Could it be media bias? Rolfe, this post of yours got you removed from my RSS reader. You have displayed your lack of balance and displayed what little character you have.The Dems and Repubs are fearing Palin in 2012. A majority of America has had enough of the tax and spend Congress and White House. Check this post out in November 2010 and I assure you “incumbants” will have felt the wrath of the electorate. We do not need healthcare, cap and trade etc, that are job killers.

Posted by No RINOs | Report as abusive

I think Palin’s followers are more delusional than she is, if sangellone thinks Dems are suffering from stress induced defecation at the thought of having to run against the Alaskan Quitter in 2012. Obama could skirt the depths of Bush-Cheney (and unfortantely sometimes I think he’s trying) and still walk in. In fact, I’m constantly amazed at the lack of anybody electable from the R side for 2012, as I was in 08. When Rudy Guiliani can look in the mirror and say, “this country wants me to be its president,” that is a party in deep trouble. A guy like Dole, even I could consider, but the group today? Whew.

Posted by mecormany | Report as abusive

sorry about point 1 but robert reich said the same thing.she is right about point 2 as well.well she’s batting 2 out of 3, far better than joe biden even on his best day.oh from the vp debate between biden & palin – can anyone explain biden’s comments on a war that the US & France fought in Lebanon against hezbollah when obama was a senator? didn’t see it in any newspaper, nor is it available on google – was it a secret? rather have palin as vp than biden any day.

Posted by joe beattie | Report as abusive

“Effort”?! Try fascination at the train-wreck that is Palin and her supporters.

Posted by dulyebr | Report as abusive

I ran my own business for thirty years. I raised 3 children, two of them special needs. I never had nor wanted an abortion (the cornerstone of the feminist movement). So I “get” paragraph 2.My very young grandson is allergic to eggs and has to have a DOCTOR administer his flu shots to monitor allergic reactions. His doctor, at a huge children’s hospital, cannot get the government distributed H1N1 vaccine unless he writes a proposal on why he feels he should get it instead of others who the government has decided to distribute to. (Wall Street and some shopping malls have received theirs.) So, I “get” the concerns in paragraph 1 over the governments ability to to be fair, set priorities, or get the job done in an even remotely half assed way.Paragraph 3 I took as a question about who gets to make that decision, and an assumption on someone else’s part that Obama was being blamed. Then an always joyous occasion to blame Bush (sarcasm…just in case someone doesn’t get that…)I’ve always heard it said that an artist knows they are a true artist when people either love their work or hate it.Sarah Palin is a work of art. You either get it…or you don’t.

Posted by ANNIE | Report as abusive

Darn right we are scared of her, terrified that she might be president. She talks like some missinformed hick awkwardly trying to sound like she knows what she is talking about. She is like Festus on Gunsmoke when he would to try to tell Doc about something deep over a beer at the Longbranch. She is a total milf, I will give her that.

Posted by ctl | Report as abusive

So…who gives a flying leap about syntax? Obama has a lot of UM. um, uh, uh. His syntax is probably exceptional.He still thinks government can run my life better than I can and that irks me no end.

Posted by ANNIE | Report as abusive

I plan voting in 2010 as an independent. Doubtful that Sarah Palin is determined to formally become a political candidate at all. Rather, she is trying to speak the truth with her only motive that of awakening Americans (who love our freedoms) to the fact that we are almost daily losing some. Now try that on for Syntax! Genuine “HEART” is known and understood far better than hooty-tooty-pseudo “educated” baloney coming from the mouths os ever-so-smooth bald faced liars with the goal of subverting our whole nation to world domination by an Evil System and Evil World leaders. BRAVO SARAH PALIN

Posted by marilee barker | Report as abusive

Rolfe,Stick to market commentary and leave your political ideology at home.

Posted by Rick | Report as abusive

Why are people defending Sarah Palin as if she drops pearls of wisdom? Far better that they should listen to Peter Schiff, who fires off 10 bullets for every one of Sarah’s.

Posted by Fazsha | Report as abusive

Judging from the comments here, Palin is clearly highly intelligent compared to her supporters. Bush was the same. They represent the cream of the crop of American Conservatives.

Posted by Aaron | Report as abusive

Perhaps a discussion on issues Palin raises would be more useful that a critique her syntax. If you’re looking for humor, write a piece on Biden vs. Palin .This article is obviously an attempt to ridicule the messenger, since the author cannot refute the truth of the message.

Posted by LEL, WBL MN | Report as abusive

This is journalism??? UNBIASED – NOT!! guy need more training.This guy need to try again and leave all of HIS opinion out of the story.Like her or not this is America she is allowed to be here and speak her mind just like van jones or any of the other ones in the WH.

Posted by Roland | Report as abusive

Rolfe, youve lost a reader forever after this article. It’s a shame, I enjoyed your blog, however I can no longer stand by while you promote political ideals.

Posted by Max | Report as abusive

The more I see & hear Sarah Palin, the more I am reminded of George W Bush. That is NOT a good thing.

Posted by StevenKs | Report as abusive

The quote below from today”s blog is particularly chilling, reminiscent of the Anti-Semitic views spouted by tne Nazi propaganda machine in the 1930’s.These views are like a mental herpes infecting the extremeright. And by the way, a bit illiterate (e.g.”loose” instead of “lose””What difference does it make a good or bad president, nothing. Rich decide even when to go war.In between these rich czars there are other most powerfull groups like jewish bankers( i.e. goldman) and masons. they will never loose, always we the people loose, they always win, this is the rule of the game. We people are just players in their rule of game,when we win, they change the rules, when they loose they change the rules again, so that at the end they will always win.”Hate is immortal, unfortunately.

Posted by G.I.Joe | Report as abusive

Sarah ‘the dickless GW Bush’ Palin?

Posted by The Real Deal | Report as abusive

RE: Comment on Dole: Guys like Dole are a heck of a lot smarter and “with it” then the idiotic candidates the R’s bring forward today.Real shame how the “nut jobs” are viewing the R’s as the party to beat when they are a small vocal force. What is worrying is once independents believe the bunk and align with these candidates.I doubt people have anything against women in politics… As a middle of the road American, I would vote for Kay Bailey Hutchinson as an example and many other female members of our government for the highest office. No way I consider Sarah Palin at their level.Real shame that the R’s have become a party of fear mongering and do more with every word their members spew out to alienate MORE and MORE younger Americans. The party will peak over the next 8 years then go for a DEEP downward spiral – I just don’t see any younger Americans aligning to their view at all. If they do it’s “cuz Daddy told me to”…. Those who think for themselves don’t like where we’ve gone,where we are and where we’re going. Something to contemplate in the party – attracting the 30+ Angry White guy crowd isn’t going to help the party in the long run.

Posted by NPS | Report as abusive

uh Rolf, it’s piece de resiStance, not resitance. You left out an ‘S’, which is sort of funny since the point of your post is someone else’s cluelessness with words. At least she has the excuse of not being a wordsmith, but you are, albeit evidently not in le francais.

Posted by Sarah Palin Fan Today | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin Fan Today….. well-played sir.

Posted by Rolfe Winkler | Report as abusive

The blog quoted below illustrates that anti-semitic hateful ideas (however ungramatical) still poison the minds of the extreme right.”What difference does it make a good or bad president, nothing. Rich decide even when to go war.In between these rich czars there are other most powerfull groups like jewish bankers( i.e. goldman) and masons. they will never loose, always we the people loose, they always win, this is the rule of the game. We people are just players in their rule of game,when we win, they change the rules, when they loose they change the rules again, so that at the end they will always win.”Goeble’s ghost still lurks.

Posted by G.I.Joe | Report as abusive

She will be the Next president due to the fact that the liberal media spends so much time following her. She has become an icon for the left, the more they bash her, the more popular she get.Now thats the true comedy.

Posted by MrMike | Report as abusive

rolfey,what a wild crazy guy you are – roflbet all the women who have breast cancer can’t stop laughing at the death panels comment——–In its first reevaluation of breast cancer screening since 2002, the federal panel that sets government policy on prevention recommended the radical change, citing evidence that the potential harms of all women getting annual exams beginning at age 40 outweigh the benefits….The task force’s new guidelines… [also conclude] there is insufficient evidence to continue routine mammograms beyond age 74…….. Mammograms produce false-positive results in about 10 percent of cases, causing anxiety and often prompting women to undergo unnecessary follow-up tests, sometimes-disfiguring biopsies, and unneeded treatment, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.Now, now, don’t say “death panel.” They’re saying we’ll be better off. Really we will. Cheaper too!

Posted by joe beattie | Report as abusive

The expansion of global companies in the areas of countries after the collapse of the communist years 1990-2002 set at a maximum rate.

Posted by Michel | Report as abusive