Sometimes I do agree with Maureen Dowd, but her most recent critique of Palin is simply shockingly clueless self-parody:
She dangles gerunds, mangles prepositions, randomly exiles nouns and verbs and also — “also” is her favorite vamping word — uses verbs better left as nouns, as in, “If Americans so bless us and privilege us with the opportunity of serving them,” or how she tried to “progress the agenda.”NYT.
Sure, if your goal is to make lawyers and consultants at Sunday brunch in Seattle and Boston chuckle over their mimosas, Mission Accomplished. As a piece of persuasive writing, not so much, you know?
Let's face it: those of us in LA, New York, Chicago, or Portland simply do not get Palin. No, to get Palin, one must also be able to understand the mindset of those who believe that
To understand the Palin phenomenon, we don't need to "diagram" Palin's sentences; instead, we need to examine the Left Behind series and the science of successful weather reporting.
But don't worry, Palin is definitely keeping pace with our side of the world. Heck, she has just revealed that she meant to tell Katie Couric that she's a devoted reader of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and . . . wait for it . . . The Economist:
But she's a good Christian. Certainly not a liar.
Finally, in case you were wondering where Palin honed her TV presence (and I hope you've already seen this):
What's the saying? Oh, yeah: "You've come a long way, baby!"