Saturday, September 27, 2008

a gem from rick hertzberg

love it.

This seems to be a case of incoherence of thought leading to incoherence of syntax. Pronouns wander in search of antecedents like Arctic explorers in a blinding snowstorm. Homophones confuse the transcriber. For example, one of the Governor's answers could as sensibly, or insensibly, be rendered as PALIN: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of.

And they're… In the "Putin rears his head" answer, jagged shards of the hasty briefings lately stuffed into Palin's pretty head clang tinnily against one another. "We send those"—those? those what?—"out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this powerful nation, Russia." Those what? We send what? My hunch is that this alarming jumble must have something to do with the path that Russian intercontinental missiles would take on their way to the lower Forty-eight and/or the air-defense installations that NORAD maintains in the state Palin is executive of.

But who knows? The whole thing reads like something rendered from the Finnish by Google Translate. For a seventy-two-year-old cancer survivor to have placed this person directly behind himself in line for the Presidency was an act of almost incomprehensible cynicism and irresponsibility. It makes a cruel—what's the word?—mockery of his slogan. "Country First" indeed.

and from josh marshall: It's interesting to consider that once the election has ended and the excitement dies down, the most important result of this debate could turn out to be McCain's reviving the verb 'festoon' for a new generation of Americans.

in the end, i thought that mccain might have taken the debate. he was making sharper points whether or not he was telling the truth or was right, he sounded more sure. obama has this "always measured kinda vague" thing that just looks bad in debates but i'm happy to see that among pundits and public opinion, obama seems to have carried the night. i forget how many people thing obama is too young to know anything that they're shocked when he can have an intelligent discussion. hello! you think hed be here right now if he weren't a genius?! morons.

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