Palin Speaks

July 3, 2009

I’m only just now watching the video.  I’d forgotten how incapable she is as a public speaker. Its not just grating, its weapons-grade grating.  The ill-timed gasping breaths… The drawl… The rushing… The snide winky dumb jokes… And it continues on her website. Note the imaginative use of capitalization to really emphasize her emphases that make no sense:

Alaska’s mission – to contribute to America. We’re strategic IN the world as the air crossroads OF the world, as a gatekeeper of the continent. Bold visionaries knew this – Alaska would be part of America’s great destiny.

Our destiny to be reached by responsibly developing our natural resources. This land, blessed with clean air, water, wildlife, minerals, AND oil and gas. It’s energy! God gave us energy.

Kvetching aside, there’s no question in my mind this is a run-up to a presidential run. Consider to the points she’s raising: Trig, her overseas trips, the importance of the military, the non-existence of climate change (snidely hinted at), her family life, the crumminess of the MSM, “rights,” “safety”… These are her talking points, not the rhetoric of someone about to go down in a flaming scandal.


3 Responses to “Palin Speaks”

  1. Nathan P. Origer said

    Hi, Alaska! 😉

  2. Nathan P. Origer said

    Seriously, I watched forty-five seconds and had to quit.

  3. Paulman said

    Hi 🙂 I found your blog through the article on the Codex Sinaiticus going online.

    Anyways, I wanted to comment that I think she’s actually got a decent amount of skill as a public speaker. She got praised on her ability to give a speech by both the left and the right after her RNC performance, if I remember correctly. So, in a sense, I think she’s got skill as a public speaker.

    I think where the difficulty comes in – in my opinion – is when she’s forced to speak on an issue she doesn’t have enough expertise in, or if she’s trying to put political spin on something (like her reasons for resigning, for example). In either case, that’s when I start getting the impression that she’s making some of it up, grasping at reasons to justify what she’s trying to convince me of.

    Like how she can see Russia from her state. Or that for her not to quit her job as governor would be the quitter’s way out.

    Just my opinion 😛

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