(((Sarah Palin))) is ((Poaching))7 July, 2009
Sarah Palin is now poaching. Since I started blogging, I have been (((Billy))) The Atheist. My trademark parenthetical writing style differentiates me from the average run-of-the-mill (and boring) blogger (one’s who don’t understand the effect of parenthetical overuse). Now Sarah Palin (soon to be ex-governor of Alaska (for the good of the state)) is poaching my style (you betcha!) (from Dispatches from the Culture Wars):
Ezra Klein, speaking of Palin’s resignation speech at that hastily arranged press conference, said that the transcript makes plain that she wrote it herself. I think he’s right.
The main thing I’d point out about Sarah Palin’s dazzlingly incoherent farewell is that it’s pretty clear she wrote it herself. The proof is in the punctuation. The transcript was posted to her official Web site earlier today. The style is closer to a high schooler’s angry diary entry than to an official speech. I’ve read a lot of speech transcripts. They tend to have fewer words in all capital letters. And fewer things in quotation marks that aren’t actually, you know, quotes. And I’ve never seen an official speech transcript, written by an actual speechwriter, that contains this:
*((Gotta put First Things First))*
Yes, that last line is actually in the speech, written exactly that way. You can see the full transcript on the Alaska governor’s website.
I read the transcript. My (((Girl))) wrote better than that three years ago when she was a 13-year-old pinhead. And the (rather gratuitous (in my opinion)) use of parentheses troubles me. As others have pointed out, there are only a limited number of parentheses allowed in the intertube thingie, and I want them all!!!
I also think that she is out of touch with reality (from the speech transcript):
Life is too short to compromise time and resources… it may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: “Sit down and shut up”, but that’s the worthless, easy path; that’s a quitter’s way out. And a problem in our country today is apathy. It would be apathetic to just hunker down and “go with the flow”.
Nah, only dead fish “go with the flow”.
The quitter’s way is to keep on doing the job you are paid to do? Is she insane? Or is she just batshit crazy?
Part of me cringes at the thought the GOP nominating her in 2012. Part of me, though (and I do feel guilty about this (just a little, of course)), says (in the immortal words of our last President), “Bring it on.”
This also means, I guess, that I may need to rethink my writing style.