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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Straight from the Hockey Mom’s Mouth

posted by on October 8 at 13:32 PM

Sarah Palin eloquently explains Obama’s appeal to Alaskans. Don’t know where or when it’s from, but thank you, Slog Tipper Ryan.

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Even when she says things I want to hear, I can't stand to hear her say them.

Posted by paulus | October 8, 2008 1:41 PM

"No brainer...take the cake." Shoot me.

Posted by Eric Grandy | October 8, 2008 1:41 PM

"Yer did yer homework? That's impressive!"

Cause I ain't did my homework since I cain't remember when.

Posted by elenchos | October 8, 2008 1:52 PM

Did she just accidentally endorse Obama?

Posted by DJSauvage | October 8, 2008 1:59 PM

VETTING... it's called VETTING, people. McCain has lost this race at so many points but I'd say a key jump-the-shark moment was when he handed over his veep selection to the braintrust that chose Palin and her vadge.

Posted by Suze | October 8, 2008 2:01 PM

Wow, she's totally in love with him.

Posted by sepiolida | October 8, 2008 2:03 PM


because it's vaguely honest.

but: HA!

Posted by max solomon | October 8, 2008 2:03 PM

1. Notice how she has a very different 'tude to her up against one of her local yokels as opposed to someone from the big bad world outside her little igloo.

2. Somebody needs to jump on this bigtime. Because re @4 - call it what you want, but it's about THE funniest thing that could have come out her mouth. And you know that's saying something.

Posted by My friends....I've blown it | October 8, 2008 2:05 PM

Wow, that's good.

Posted by Bruce | October 8, 2008 2:09 PM

That's the same suit and armchair she was videotaped in on August 1 when she said she wasn't sure exactly what it is the VP does all day. Quite recent taping, indeed.

Posted by Calpete | October 8, 2008 2:31 PM

transcript please.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 8, 2008 2:36 PM

More propaganda from the liberal left wing media.

The real truth will be heard later today on Mark Levin.

Posted by Lord Basil | October 8, 2008 2:46 PM

Mark who?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 8, 2008 2:51 PM

"the R is going to take the cake"


I wonder if her diction or word order oddities refelct an influence of other languages, ie Native American patterns or pronunciations. You know, when a native German or Yiddish speaker speaks English, sometimes the word order refelcts the other language: "We should be so lucky." "For this I went to medical school?" She says "also" and "again" so much I wonder if locally those words are bland "connector" words, the way we say "um" or "you know" in the lower 48.
Does she not sound a little bit like Dr. Joel's assistant, in Northern Exposure?

[PS: no insult to Native Americans intended. I am ignorant of local language patterns in A-las-ka; I'm just askin').

Again unity, that's the top of the line, with our agenda, folks--

Posted by PC | October 8, 2008 2:53 PM

to be fair, this was before she got to know who the real barack obama is. apparently she still doesn't know who the real barack obama is, but hey at least she's askin'. also, maverick!

Posted by brandon | October 8, 2008 3:02 PM

Notice how much less pronounced her bizare pseudo-minnesotan/wisconsinan accent is in this? I wonder if she picked that up when she was nominated.

Posted by Joshtown | October 8, 2008 3:05 PM

@16 Exactly. Her toned-down hick act is what struck me. Of course, she still sounds like an idiot.

Posted by whatevernevermind | October 8, 2008 3:23 PM

Wow, her accent in this clip isn't nearly as cartoonish as it has become since she got the nomination. I wouldn't put it past her to play it up. By the end she'll probably be answering yes/no questions with "ya" just like Frances McDormand in Fargo.

Posted by Hernandez | October 8, 2008 3:24 PM

Old white men should never be allowed to wear a tie that color. Ever.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | October 8, 2008 3:37 PM

is it supposed to freeze frame and crap out the last six seconds? Otherwise this doesn't seem really all that interesting.

Posted by juris | October 8, 2008 3:39 PM

Why isn't this being used as an ad by the Obama group?

Posted by elswinger | October 8, 2008 3:56 PM

@14: "Dr. Joel's assistant": Marilyn Whirlwind.

@16: Yes, yes. Weirdly like Minnesotan or 'Sconsinian. I didn't notice that at all when I was in Fairbanks a while back; maybe just cuz I was soaking in it.

Posted by rob | October 8, 2008 4:12 PM

So excellent. God, it would be the best if Alaska went Dem this election. Come on Santa Claus, don't you live by there?

Posted by kerri harrop | October 8, 2008 5:52 PM

@8 - the journalist is not Alaskan - notice he said "up there."

This is how she really talks. It's a concrete example of how phony her image is now. Nobody in Alaska speaks the way she does now, unless they're from Minnesota originally. I'm not sure why her handlers picked that particular accent.

PC @ 14: whatever accent she has she might have picked up from her parents. Wasilla may be a tiny shithole by Seattle standards, but it's a good sized town by Alaska standards and is part of the state that was long ago taken over by white folks. I grew up in another similar-sized Alaskan town and have relatives who grew up in the villages, and I don't hear any Native Alaskan influences in her accent.

As for her word order choices, they didn't seem that unusual in this clip. It seems obvious to me that she has trouble putting words in order because she is not speaking with her authentic self and has been coached too much in too short of a time. From what I remember, she was pretty articulate when she ran for governor.

Posted by asteria | October 8, 2008 6:37 PM

Juris at 20: I take it you haven't been listening to the things she's been saying about Obama recently.

Posted by David Schmader | October 8, 2008 6:51 PM

Where the accent came from ...

Wasilla is in the middle of the valley where more than 200 broke families from the Midwest many of them from Minnesota relocated during the Great Depression.

(Seattle Times, Oct. 5 "Ya know, Palin's accent has roots in the Midwest")

Posted by U Betcha | October 8, 2008 7:04 PM

Sometime last week, Slate did a good piece tracing the roots of Palin's accent. The gist: no on the Native influence, yes on the mid-western settlers.

More interestingly, they also had someone diagram quite a few of her sentences from the Couric interviews. Illustrating, of course, what we already know: that she neither knows what she is talking about, nor how to talk about it.

Posted by 30-30 | October 8, 2008 8:01 PM

I find the idea that someone is sitting out there--this has nothing to do with any single candidate or party--and diagramming politicians' sentences to be bizarre.

Posted by Seajay | October 9, 2008 4:48 AM

She's not endorsing Mr Obama; she's explaining his appeal to a greater-than-usual-for-a-Democrat slab of Alaskan voters.

It's possible to perceive, to recognise, and to appreciate effective ideas from any source, even from an opponent. That's an ability that intelligent people have. And before we get thirty more repetitions of the Stupid Mantra, I'd remind you that she did beat Frank Murkowski and Tony Knowles to become governor, so if she's stupid, what are they?

She's also one of the only politicians I've ever heard to give herself a pay cut, that is, an ACTUAL cut, meaning fewer dollars to-day than yesterday. That's impressive.

Posted by Seajay | October 9, 2008 5:01 AM

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