Okay, I’ve been warned to stick to the knitting and steer clear of politics but I just can’t let this one go by without comment:
Recently V.P.-hopefull, Sarah Palin, was being interviewed by CBS anchor Katie Couric. She was asked whether the $700 billion bailout of the U.S. financial sector is a good idea, and she reportedly said:
That’s why I say I, like every American I’m speaking with, we’re ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Helping the—it’s got to be all about job creation too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans and trade—we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as competitive, scary thing, but one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today—we’ve got to look at that as more opportunity.
U.S. News and World Report columnist Robert Schlesinger called the statement a “talking points machine gone out of control.” He continued:
“Or magnetic poetry that you have on your fridge – in fact, you can try it at home. String together key words and phrases like “shore up the economy,” “reduce tax rates,” “healthcare reform,” and “trade” and see what kind of Palinisms you can create,”
Pailinisms, eh? Poor Ms Palin. It’s generally not a good thing when your name gets linked with an “ism”. We’ve all heard of Bushisms. And the original and the best: Spoonerisms. It’s all so unfortuate. Surely we can move beyond poking fun at people’s Malaprops by simply tagging a suffix on to their names? Yes, I think it should be…
“Palin-drones”: statements that make the same amount of sense whether they’re read backwards or forwards.
Such witticism! I slay me, I tell ya!