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Sarah Palin Is a Poet and She Doesn't Even Know It

Sarah Palin: Poet?

No matter how you feel about Sarah Palin, you have to admit the woman has an awfully strange way of expressing herself. I've heard her tortured syntax and odd word choices described as a "word salad," but one writer goes further. Palin's speech is likened to a verbal Armageddon because of her unique ability to turn a simple idea into near incomprehensible gobbledygook.

Hart Seely has taken these mangled forms and rakishly proclaimed them found poetry. The simple idea, "small town mayors are on the front lines," once Palinized, sounds like this:

You know,
Small mayors,
Mayors of small towns—
Quote, unquote—
They're on the front lines.

Writing composition masters Strunk and White may not have approved of Palin's use of language ("Omit needless words" was their mantra, after all), but writer Julian Gough facetiously agrees that Sarah Palin is an accidental poet. "A great poet needs to leave open the door between the conscious and unconscious," he says. "Sarah Palin has removed her door from its hinges."

Do you think a politician needs to be articulate, or do you think these folks are just being unfair to Palin?

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eveday eveday 8 years
I'm totally voting for Fuzzles' cat in 2016!!!
GKitty GKitty 8 years
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Political affiliation aside, my cat could make more sense and speak more eloquently than Palin all while licking his ass and with store brand peanut butter stuck to the roof of his mouth.
mermei mermei 8 years
"Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up taking up a hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave him treatment early and they got some treatment and uh...a inhalator. Not a breathalyzer. What they'll say is well it cost too much money but you know what, it would cost it it would cost about the same as what we would the course of 10 years it would cost what it would cost us it it...huh. Alright...Okay...we're going to." -President Obama Sometimes I think the focus on Palinisms is pure classism - she didn't go to Harvard! I mean, she talks like someone *gasp* not from the Northeast elite establishment! She was utterly unprepared for the national spotlight when she stepped into it, but she was not the only person saying some ridiculous things under it.
eveday eveday 8 years
I really wish she would wrap her lower lip around her head and swallow. Hard. Word!
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
Politicians should to be able to communicate effectively but don't have to necessarily be grand orators. Frankly, I don't know if she is constantly being treated unfairly by the media, but I sure am sick of hearing about it, especially from her.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
"Take a look at most politicians-Clinton, Obama-without their speechwriters they sound the same way. " Exactly. Remember her speech at the RNC? Whether or not you agree with her or like her (I don't), she was well spoken. Obviously, she had teleprompters and top notch speech writers so she didn't have any verbal blunders. Obama uses his teleprompters and prewritten speeches practically ALL the time and makes plenty of his own "word salads" when he has to speak without any assistance. (A quick search of "Obama without teleprompter" on YouTube will show you what I mean) Like I said, I am NO Sarah Palin fan, but I think this is an example of her being attacked rather unfairly by the media.
ladydanaj ladydanaj 8 years
Oh please. Palin has received a bad rap from the press. Take a look at most politicians-Clinton, Obama-without their speechwriters they sound the same way.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I really wish she would wrap her lower lip around her head and swallow. Hard.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
She's a poet and don't know it!
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
Palin is not a poet, no matter how much she screws up her daily speech. She is a dumbass. If you're going to have a job that involves speaking to people and being personable, at least be good at those things. She isn't.
Phil Phil 8 years
I think it's offensive to poets for anyone to claim that Palin is a poet. And yes, politicians need to be articulate. If you're unable to explain your perspective effectively, as Palin has proven to do, you end up with a bunch of misunderstandings and miscommunications that can create dire consequences, not only for the inarticulate politician, but for the public for which the politician serves.
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