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I'm so sick of the election at this point that I'm loath to even type the name of any of the candidates. But I'm so poleaxed by the Sarah Palin quote in the middle of this Slate article (h/t to celli; it's a rather fluffy but amusing piece about diagramming her sentences) that I have to share the gobsmackage:

I know that John McCain will do that and I, as his vice president, families we are blessed with that vote of the American people and are elected to serve and are sworn in on January 20, that will be our top priority is to defend the American people.

It's not like I haven't heard various clips of her waffling away for the last couple weeks. I shouldn't be surprised. But I... that... she... HUH????

ETA: It's like the grammatical equivalent of non-Euclidean geometry. Maybe we're all living in a Lovecraft story and haven't realized it yet.

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maiac
Oct. 2nd, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
She's like the Far Side cartoon "What a Dog Hears", only with Publican talking points:

"Blah blah blah families blah blah blah vote blah blah blah American people blah blah blah elected blah blah blah serve blah blah blah defend...."
wiliqueen
Oct. 2nd, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
You're not wrong. But with random words in place of the "blah blah."

I just... It makes my brain hurt.
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wiliqueen
Oct. 2nd, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
I fully expect to wake up tomorrow and find you all posting gibberish because you blew your SAN rolls, you know.

(Also, no sound until I get home. Will have to check out the clip later.)
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tricksterquinn
Oct. 2nd, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
I...ouch.

That's... ouch.

Okay, I don't think I'm getting further than "AHHHH-!" and "OW MY BRAIN!" on this one.

And to think, I've been spending my day trying not to send the exboyfriend edits on his most recent blog post. Comparatively, he's flawless!
wiliqueen
Oct. 2nd, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
I really don't think it's wise to try to get any further than that. I need my brain for too many things to go spraining it.
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melyanna
Oct. 2nd, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Achieving Palin-speak is pretty simple. Take a reasonable statement of fact. Remove half the verbs. Insert partial platitudes and talking points, interrupted often by "you know" or other interjection. Refer to "the great history of America" or other suitably patriotic idea. Forget halfway through whether you're arguing a positive or a negative or what verb tense you need.

I almost think my favorite clip from the Couric interview is where she accidentally says that man was caused by global warming because she used the wrong verb form.
wiliqueen
Oct. 2nd, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
she accidentally says that man was caused by global warming because she used the wrong verb form.

*splorfle* I've tried to summon the fortitude to actually watch some of the interviews, and so far haven't managed it. I keep thinking there has to be some kind of sensical context for this stuff to be taken out of. Then I realize that no, there really doesn't, and I'm not quite up for having it demonstrated.

Edited at 2008-10-02 06:07 pm (UTC)
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hwconundrum
Oct. 2nd, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Reading that almost makes me feel bad for taking the piss out of Dubya Bush back when he was seeking election, because at least with his verbal fumbles ("Rarely is the question asked, what is our children learning?") you could see what he was TRYING to say.

Occasionally I feel fortunate to be British.
wiliqueen
Oct. 2nd, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
And see, that's exactly it. If she were communicating something, anything, I wouldn't be so stunned. But that's about as close to meaningless sounds as you can get and still be using actual English words.
bktheirregular
Oct. 2nd, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Just reading that boiled away about twenty points from my IQ.

It's like ... if I said it was a bit like the MediaBreak news-readers from RoboCop, would that make any sense?
wiliqueen
Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
It would. Except I'm pretty sure I remember them being easier to parse...
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thanatos_kalos
Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
*shakes head* And people wonder why I prefer it here in UK...
nycdeb
Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
OMG! Sentence diagramming!

*geeks out all over apartment*

Oh - right. Um, yes, Palin not speaking any language I understand. It's like verbal Scrabble or like listening to the end of a giant game of Telephone.

But dudes! Sentence diagramming!!!!!!!!

*squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*
studiesinlight
Oct. 2nd, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Verbal scrabble! That's beautiful. That's what it's like: as if she's reading a Scrabble game aloud.
irish_horse
Oct. 2nd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
OMG. I really, really hate this woman. She's managed to master the art of nattering on for paragraphs without saying a damned thing, though, so her future in politics is assured...

Is it too late to move to Canada? Dude, seriously...
thefannishwaldo
Oct. 2nd, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
I don't believe you should be allowed to become ANY kind of elected official until you can speak in such a way that a high school junior can diagram your sentences successfully.

lyssie
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
One who's failed out for ten years, even.
quasievil_bunny
Oct. 2nd, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
*twitch*
studiesinlight
Oct. 4th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
One of the Washington Post's columnists is in Japan just now, and happened to read a transcript of the debate before hearing or watching it. She writes that when she read the debate, she thought Palin had fallen flat on her face, was destroyed, was toast . . . and then she got to watch it, and realized that on TV, Palin was not only still walking, but barely bruised.

What a difference, the stark words on paper, versus the buffer of the sight and sound of the person delivering them!
wiliqueen
Oct. 4th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
It really is striking. I was just reading in an unrelated article recently that some sort of study concluded that text alone carries only 15% of the intent of communication. That number has to be plucked out of the air, because I have no idea how they would go about quantifying the content of tone and nonverbal cues. But for those who need such numbers to pin the concept down, it's probably not a bad one.
genevieve1352
Oct. 5th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
I wish to scratch her face off. Is that harsh?
wiliqueen
Oct. 5th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
Yes, but probably not unduly so.

I refuse to link to the Time column I've seen in a couple places on my flist, suggesting that women are judging her more harshly because we're still programmed to pounce on the pretty, popular girl in high school. It makes me want to respond with high explosives.
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