Op-Ed: Sarah Palin waxes weird on political polls and strippers
There is something about Sarah Palin other fanatical, bigoted, right-wingers - read Tea Party members - get but that the rest of us don't. She's fun to read about though and in her latest speech she tried a pun. About strippers.
And it worked. Sort of.
She was speaking at a gathering of people like her, a conservative bloggers conference
in Las Vegas, on Friday. The woman who once boasted she could see Russia from her house (again, sort of) was trying to say mean things about Barack Obama and alluded to strippers. It's a Palinesque uttering that seems to, more or less, make sense. “Here we are in Vegas - Washington, too - they talk a lot about polls. There are a lot of poles in Vegas. There is a reason that the figures in those polls are augmented too.”
Sarah Palin vs. lamestream media
Okay so some strippers, who use poles, get breast enhancements and in Vegas and Washington, polls get enhanced, too. Something grammatically is wrong at the top (they are not in Vegas and Washington simultaneously, that would be hard to pull off) but there is logic governing it, though it's not directed at Obama, just at political polls.
There was more in her talk to that room full of Neil Munros, she again took a shot at the nasty ole lamestream media, those journalists who insist on informing audiences about the world around them. Now the thing is Sarah, why shouldn't voters be informed about it when you say, as you did on Fox News in 2010, that: "I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree." After all, you were lashing out at journalists, implying they weren't doing a very good job, and while doing so, you weren't doing a very good job.
If you cannot speak clearly, voters deserve to be told about that. Why shouldn't they get to enjoy this run-on sentence from last year? Here we go: "He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."
We think that she was talking about Paul Revere and his "ringing those bells" which, in fact, he did not do (some Palin supporters tried edits on Wiki to suggest after her gaffe that Revere did ring bells; Wiki caught on and changed it back).
Palinesque utterings not a crime
Look, it is not a crime to have a poor command of your native tongue, though ironically Sarah Palin and the Tea Party are so needy of homogeneity that they would be the ones to consider it so, but we really should expect a little more from our leaders, our potential leaders. We need them to communicate clearly, to know what they want to say and to say it. That ability might come in handy on the national or the world stage.
But hey let's put that aside, after all this is really about Sarah Palin having pulled off the making of a pun. She connected 'polls' and 'poles' and though she incorrectly implied her and the audience were in both Vegas and Washington at the same time, her pun worked.