Friday, October 7, 2011

Can Sarah Palin's "Word Salad" be Parsed?

Mark Axelrod, a Professor of Comparative Literature, posted "Parsing Palin; or, the Quintessential Act of Quitting" at The Huffington Post. He considers these snippets from Sarah Palin's quit-the-tease statement of Wednesday:
  • After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States.

  • As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country.

  • My decision maintains this order. My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office -- from the nation's governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency.

  • We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the 'fundamental transformation' of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.
Read Axelrod's post to find out what he has to say about them.

If you'd like to undermine Axelrod's credibility, consider his last two sentences, "I knew she wouldn't run when I discovered that she had quit a bevy of colleges before she ever earned her degree. That's a fundamental character flaw and those things can never be transformed." Some might say that she transferred rather than "quit." In "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin," Joe McGinniss states as fact that she completed a degree at University of Idaho.

On the other hand, if you're inclined to agree with Axelrod's assessment of those snippets, you're probably aware of what a blunder it might be to claim that Sarah Palin didn't write the statement, as in "It was ghostwritten."

By the way, I think "word salad" can be parsed. I read a Wall Street Journal story and knew before anyone else that Sarah Palin had finished "seriously deliberating" whether to throw her wig into the ring. She gave it away with her verb tense in "This is a serious decision, and I’ve engaged in serious deliberations." That article is "Sarah Palin's dilemma." She had already made her decision when she made that statement.

Update: Sarah Palin's quit-the-tease statement can be found on Facebook, here.

Update: The Washington Post has "For Sarah Palin: God, family, then country?"


0>w/hole>1 said...

Word of the day: "chuntering": to talk in a low inarticulate way.


As opposed to "chundering," which is not directly related to talking at all.

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin reminds me of a waitress who in a passive/aggressive way calls older women “honey.”

Anonymous said...

As one who was born & raised in NYCity but now lives in a "Southern" state, the use of calling anyone, males & females alike, either "Honey" "Hon" or "Sweetie" is a everyday normal "Southern" occurrance.
After living down "South" for a short time, it becomes habit forming.
Even "older women" call everyone "Honey." Well except if they happen to be mad at their husbands and then it's a whole different ballgame.