Palin fails to impress world

Sarah Palin gave her first speech outside the US, to the CLSA Investors Forum, in Tokyo, on Reqaganomics, China and Human Rights, Tibet, and the economices of the United States and Asia. She apparently also covered Alaskan Moose. The speech was 90 minutes long. Several people left early, there was apparently some kind of non-disclosure agreement because the press could not get most people to issue any kind of opinion, and those who did opine were generally non-committal with some mildly positive, some mildly negative. Opinions gleaned from the CNN story:

“I can’t say I was actually impressed,” said Mel Goode, a business developer from New York who lives in Hong Kong. “She speaks well — a broad spectrum of what her beliefs are, family views.

“She didn’t get (into) anything too harsh … just kept it, five children, my husband’s here, we believe in what Asia’s doing, America has a way to go to get itself back together, Reaganism.”

“She did speak about the political implications of China’s rise on Asia and the region, and China with America,” he said. “I was quite impressed by her knowledge. It seemed like she did her homework now, this time around.”

One of the most interesting features of the speech was the fact that it and the entire visit were kept in secrecy. People involved in the process generally declined interviews, or fi they were interviewed, they claimed ignorance. Apparently this secrecy was a condition of Palin giving the speech. “She has chosen to come here to speak to our clients on the condition that it would be closed to media so she could therefore have a candid conversation with investors as opposed to using this as a PR trip to promote herself globally.”

But seriously, folks….


  1. #1 NewEnglandBob
    September 23, 2009

    Whose hand was actually in that puppet?

  2. #2 Captain Obvious
    September 23, 2009

    So when will we hear the thunderous denunciations from those Patriots in the loonysphere over Traitor Palin and her clandestine meetings with Red Chinese agents in Japan, a nation with a vast socialist healthcare system with all the deathcamps and blood sacrifices which that entails?

  3. #3 Rob Jase
    September 23, 2009

    Ezactly Captain, as I recall the Rethugrican position for the previous eight years was that unelected, non-government persons (like former POTUS Carter & Clinton) shouldn’t be allowed to interfer with international trade or politics.

    Of course her handlers could be setting up an October Surprise ploy like Reagan did before he was elected.

  4. #4 qbsmd
    September 23, 2009

    Apparently this secrecy was a condition of Palin giving the speech.

    Someone wanted her to talk badly enough to concede to demands?

  5. #5 Mike H
    September 23, 2009

    By most of the sources I have read, tt was actually fairly well recived.

    Of course her handlers could be setting up an October Surprise ploy like Reagan did before he was elected.

    an October Surprise ploy … really? You mean the batshit conspiracy theory that George H W Bush flew an SR-71 to Paris, met with an Israeli middleman for 45 minuets, negotiated with said middleman for the Iranians to hold off releasing the hostages until after the election, and then flew that same SR-71 back to the US for a campaign rally. A theory, and all of its ludicrously inane counterparts, that were to torn to pieces by two separate congressional investigations (led by Democrats to boot) and any number of investigative reports.

    The “reality based community” could use an injection of reality.

  6. #6 noel
    September 23, 2009

    This is the second time in as many days that I’ve heard that a conservative pundit did not want his speech publicized. It’s like they’re ashamed or afraid or something.

  7. #7 megan
    September 23, 2009

    It was probably like listening to a high school prom queen give a speech. Inane and vapidly scripted, thus explaining the early departures from mind sucking boredom and disbelief this could’ve been someone almost POTUS. If the press had been allowed it would’ve been ripped apart for sure. There’s probably lots of buyer’s remorse from the attendees but tons of money made by the event coordinators.

    There’s ample enough evidence of outside arrangements with the Iranian Islamic coup government regarding the Iran hostages release timing during/after ’80 elections without some cockamamy SR-71 story. Never heard of that one but then anyone can make that up and post it redherring real facts pointing to the treason done. Thank goodness the IranContra underhandedness is beyond reproach for Repugs to play ‘wild conspiracy’ accusations with that. Their political history is rife with anti-American policies to harm this country and fatten their wallets.

  8. #8 Alcari
    September 23, 2009

    “Grass is green”
    “Things fall down”
    “Palin fails to impress world”
    “Lightbulbs are bright when turned on”

  9. #9 Badger3k
    September 23, 2009

    I’ve heard some of the more negative comments, and the ones who left had nothing good to say about her knowledge, or her speech. The ones they’ve quoted said she talked about herself mostly, and made it seem like it was an “Invest Alaska” speech. She did say that if the press were involved she would have had changed her speech. Ya’ think?

    I do find it funny that the Cult of Reagan is so predominant. The way to bring the country back together is Alzheimers, jelly beans, astrologers, a failed economic plan, and illegal arms deals with terrorists. With a mix like that, how can you go wrong?

  10. #10 jdhuey
    September 24, 2009

    “Someone wanted her to talk badly…”

    And, it seems, they got their wish.