Saturday, November 15, 2008
Dick Cavett, in a New York Times blog aimed at that odd social phenomenon Sarah Palin ("who seems to have no first language") this a.m. (http://cavett.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/the-wild-wordsmith-of-wasilla/?th&emc=th), writes the following:
"What will ambitious politicos learn from [Palin's Victory Tour]? That frayed syntax, bungled grammar and run-on sentences** that ramble on long after thought has given out completely are a candidate’s valuable traits?"
I would have thought they'd already learned all of that from George Bush. It's called the "Bushism." Casey Stengel probably refined it to an art form, but Casey wasn't blowing anybody up.
** Example: "My concern has been the atrocities there in Darfur and the relevance to me with that issue as we spoke about Africa and some of the countries there that were kind of the people succumbing to the dictators and the corruption of some collapsed governments on the continent, the relevance was Alaska’s investment in Darfur with some of our permanent fund dollars."