Dispatches from the Creation Wars

This just gets worse and worse. Watch the video of Palin trying to answer a question from Katie Couric about the $700 billion bailout. She literally babbles incoherently, just stringing together a bunch of totally unrelated talking points that couldn’t make a coherent sentence at gunpoint. It’s gibberish. It’s word salad. It sounds like she’s playing one of those refrigerator magnet games with a bunch of words and phrases and trying to tie them all together.

Here’s the transcript:

COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? Allow them to spend more, and put more money into the economy, instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That’s why I say I, like every American I’m speaking with, we’re ill about this position that we have been put in. Where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh, it’s got to be about job creation, too. Shoring up our economy, and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade — we have got to see trade as opportunity, not as, uh, competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All of those things under the umbrella of job creation.


  1. #1 Martijn ter Haar
    September 29, 2008

    Europeans have nothing to brag about. The Italians recently for the umpteenth time re-elected Silvio Berlusconi, a man whose cronyism who even make Tom DeLay blush. And the extreme right just won 30% of the vote in Austria. However, the American religious right never ceases to amaze me.

    I am Dutch and we have a religious-right too. The SGP party does not allow women to become members, its politicians will appear on television (‘the devil’s eye’) only on the rarest of occasions and certainly not on Sundays and their choice of clothing follows the same rule as the color scheme for the T-Ford: all colors are allowed, as long as it is black. Now, that to me is christian fundamentalism. Bill O’Reilly’s, Sarah Palin’s and George W. Bush’s religious ideas to me seem more like a mix of absurdism, hysteria, bad taste and saying ‘Jesuuus’ a lot. The only convincing devout christian in American politics I can think of is a Democrat, namely Jimmy Carter (well, maybe John Ashcroft too.)

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