POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Guardian (UK): Sarah Palin was shallow, mendacious and phoney.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 12, 2008

Michelle Goldberg writes in the UK Guardian (thanks to LIZ and BARBARA for forwarding the article) …

  • Sarah Palin’s farcical debate performance lowered the standards for both female candidates and US political discourse
    • At least three times last night, Sarah Palin, the adorable, preposterous vice-presidential candidate, winked at the audience.  
    • Had a male candidate made such a brazen attempt to flirt his way into the good graces of the voting public, it would have universally noted, discussed and mocked.  
    • Palin, however, has single-handedly so lowered the standards both for female candidates and American political discourse that, with her newfound ability to speak in more-or-less full sentences,  she is now deemed to have performed acceptably last night.  
  • By any normal standard, including the ones applied to male presidential candidates of either party, she did not.   
  • Early on, she made the astonishing announcement that she had no intentions of actually answering the queries put to her. 
  • It was an appalling display. 
  • Palin’s pre-debate handlers judged her incapable of speaking on a fairly wide range of subjects, and so instructed to her to simply disregard questions that did not invite memorised talking points or cutesy filibustering.  
  • Asked what her achilles heel is – a question she either didn’t understand or chose to ignore – 
    • she started in on how McCain chose her because of her “connection to the heartland of America.   
    • Being a mom, one very concerned about a son in the war, about a special needs child, about kids heading off to college, how are we going to pay those tuition bills?”
    • None of Palin’s children, it should be noted, is heading off to college.   
    • Her son is on the way to Iraq, 
    • and her pregnant 17-year-old daughter is engaged to be married to a high-school dropout and self-described “fuckin’ redneck”.   
  • Palin is a woman who can’t even tell the truth about the most quotidian and public details of her own life, never mind about matters of major public import.  
  • In her only vice-presidential debate, she was shallow, mendacious and phoney.  
  • That her performance was considered anything but a farce doesn’t show how high Palin has risen, but how low we all have sunk.
read the entire article at … http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2008/oct/03/sarah.palin.debate.feminism/print

One Response to “* Guardian (UK): Sarah Palin was shallow, mendacious and phoney.”

  1. icanetti said

    Hello Michelle:

    Maybe I’ve found this post late, but it deals with a topic I am very interested on. Not Mrs. Palin herself: her behavior in public.

    You mention at the end the farce: an old technique in language, but to me, many people do not get it. Society should be instructed with the necessary skills in order to comprehend irony, wityness, mockery, humor. Not all staments are constructed to be taken seriously.

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