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"I don't know if I should Buenos Aires or Bonjour, or... this is such a melting pot. This is so beautiful. I love this diversity. Yeah. There were a whole bunch of guys named Tony in the photo line, I know that."

"We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn't that ironic?"

Sometimes she makes perfect sense. Sometimes she channels something deeper than sense. And sometimes she turns a phrase that is destined for immortality. Sarah Palin is not just the most controversial and significant non-office holder in America, she is a font of accidental wit and wisdom. Her truthy public statements--tweeted or spoken, planned or spontaneous--areand#160;endlessly entertaining to fans and foes alike. Jacob Weisberg, whose career as a curator of George W. Bushisms was made famous online, in books, in calendars, and even a DVD, is back with a new, and if possible, even more hilarious, source of malapropisms and mis-statements.

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INTRODUCTION

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For those used to a diet of oatmeal politics, Sarah Palin is a fiery bowl of moose chili. In a landscape of calculation and careerism, she's a snowmachine roaring across the tundra. In an age of compromise, she stands out as a conviction politician. So far as I can tell, she has four core beliefs:

and#160;1. Things go better with God.

and#160;2. Yay, Alaska!

and#160;3. Let's drill that sucker.

and#160;4. Curse you, political establishment.

and#160;Palinisms occur when Palin expresses one of these views in her idiosyncratically involuted syntax ("It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia"); when she expresses two or more of them in combination ("God's will has to be done, in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that"); or when she says anything at all in her imitable my sentence went on the Tilt-a-Whirl and got nauseous way ("And I think more of a concern has been not within the campaign the mistakes that were made, not being able to react to the circumstances that those mistakes

created in a real positive and professional and helpful way for John McCain").

and#160;But the best Palinisms of all result when the huntress encounters something she wasn't hunting for and#8212; that is, when Sarah Palin comes into contact with most anything to do with domestic, foreign, or economic policy. It is this situation that generates those priceless let me tap-dance and, also, sing for you a little song while you come up with a different question moments. One such was the juncture in her mind-boggling 2008 interview when Katie Couric asked Palin to name a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with, other than Roe v. Wade. Surrounded by hostile forces, out of cartridges for her Remington, she bravely held her ground and kept pulling the trigger:

Palin: Well, let's see. There's and#8212; of course in the great history of America there have been rulings, that's never going to be absolute consensus by every American, and there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I belive are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be others. But, um.

Couric: Can you think of any?

Palin: Well, I could think of any again that could best be dealt with on a more local level maybe I would take issue with. But, um, you know as a mayor and then as a governor and even as a vice president, if I amand#160; so privileged to serve, I would be in a position of changing those things, but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.

and#160;Tina Fey's caricature of Palin as an unprepared high school student trying to bluff her way through an oral exam by mugging and flirting hits its mark not merely because of the genius of the mimicry, but because of its fundamentally accurate diagnosis of Palin as bullshit artist. Palin's exuberant incoherence testifies to an unusually wide gulf between confidence and ability. She is proud of what she doesn't know and contemptuous of those "experts" and "elitists" who are too knowledgeable to be trusted. This curious self-regard echoes through her book, Going Rogue, described by the critic Jonathan Raban as "a four-hundred-page paean to virtuous ignorance."

and#160;The issue is not that Palin, thrust upon the national stage with little warning, still doesn't know all the details. That's understandable. The issue is that she rarely appears to have the slightest grasp of what she's talking about even when she's supposed to know what she's talking about. For instance, in one of the 2008 campaign's most surreal examples of rhetorical excess, John McCain said Palin "knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America." A few days later, she offered a sample of her expertise in a town hall meeting: "Oil and coal? Of course, it's a fungible commodity and they don't flag, you know, the molecules, where it's going and where it's not . . . So, I believe that what Congress is going to do, also, is not to allow the export bans to such a degree that it's Americans that get stuck holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped here."

and#160;Bushisms, which I collected for many years, often hinged on a single grammatical or factual error. Palinisms, by contrast, consist of a unitary stream of patriotic, populist blather. It's like Fox News without the punctuation. It is so devoid of content that it hardly deserves the adjective "truthy." Let's call it "roguey." Palinisms do not have to contain actual evidence of rogue thinking, though; they just have to capture the rogue spirit. It's "Yes, we can, in spite of Them."

and#160;The non-Sarah Dittoheads among us have to decide whether to regard this babble and#8212; favoring creation science, aerial wolf-shooting, and freedom of the press, so long as the press is "accurate" and#8212; as scary or funny. During the 2008 campaign, when there was a real chance that Palin could become the automatic successor to an impulsive, elderly cancer survivor, I found it more scary than funny. After McCain lost, and after Palin terminated her governorship in the effusion of furious gibberish known as her resignation speech, I have found it mostly funny. To be alarmed by Palin today presumes a Republican Party suicidal enough to want her to do more than run its weekend paintball games.

and#160;So the spirit of Palinisms is something to be enjoyed. And we can be sure it's a gift that will keep on giving, for, as she says in her book, "God doesn't drive parked cars." Be warned: The one driving her pickup onto the Fox airwaves and into the Twittersphere is hungry for red meat, hard to reason with, and in a big hurry to get going.

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and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#8212; Jacob Weisberg

THE TONYS

"I don't know if I should Buenos Aires or

Bonjour, or . . . this is such a melting pot.

This is so beautiful. I love this diversity. Yeah.

There were a whole bunch of guys named Tony in the photo line, I know that."

and#8212; Addressing a Charity of Hope gathering, Hamilton, Ontario, April 15, 2010

GOOD HOCKEY

"It's so good to be here in Michigan, where folks love the good hunting and fishing and the good hockey . . . You're proudly clinging to your guns and religion."

and#8212; Speaking at the Defending the American Dream

Summit, Clarkston, Michigan, May 1, 2010

CONTINENT

"So we discussed what was going on in Africa.

And never, ever did I talk about, Well, gee, is it a country

or is it a continent, I just don't know about this issue."

and#8212; Fox interview with Greta Van Susteren,

November 11, 2008

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paddlinbear, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by paddlinbear)
Sarah Palin took the world by surprise as the VP Candidate for the 2008 presidential election. It is no surprise, however, that her book, "Going Rogue" was as well written as her speeches during the campaign; her messages in the text as clear and honest as the inspiring and poignant words that she spoke during and after the campaign. Throughout the book she paints a portrait of her experiences in Alaska, with motherhood and public service that, combined, create "an American life" that is as uniquely admirable as it is inspiring. With good humor and positive attitudes, Sarah discusses her experiences in her personal life, with family, as well as her journey on the campaign trail. Clear your mind of all you think you've learned about this remarkable public servant on the news... Sarah's book offers a refreshing insight into politics, and rewards the reader with the American spirit our country deserves!
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susan Linnell, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by susan Linnell)
this is the most informative book of the decade about a powerful, intelligent and courageous woman who was crucified by the main stream media ....they will never ever give an honest critique of a conservative...they are so biased it has made itself useless and a disgrace to the world of media
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mybodymyself, November 18, 2009 (view all comments by mybodymyself)
Have to say that I'm enjoying her memoir so far. Of course I'm sure I'm going to enjoy rest as well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061939891
Author:
Palin, Sarah
Publisher:
Harper Torch
Author:
Weisberg, Jacob
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Alaska
Subject:
Republican party (u.s.: 1854-)
Subject:
Biography-Political
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
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Language:
English
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25 b/w photos throughout
Pages:
432
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"Synopsis" by , From her humble beginnings to her time in the spotlight as the first female Republican Vice President candidate, Sarah Palin has led an extraordinary life. Going Rogue will recount her political experiences, her time as Mayor of Wasilla and as the first female governor of Alaska, as well as her rapid rise on the national stage during the 2008 campaign. Additionally, she'll share insights into the personal challenges she's faced including balancing her time as a working mother, recognizing the war's impact with hher son serving combat in Iraq, having a child with a disability and supporting her teenage daughter with an unplanned pregnancy.
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Going Rogue is the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir from Sarah Palin, one of Americas most beloved and controversial political figures. Now with new material, Going Rogue offers plain talk from a true American original about her life, her career, and the future of the country she loves.

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"I don't know if I should Buenos Aires or Bonjour, or... this is such a melting pot. This is so beautiful. I love this diversity. Yeah. There were a whole bunch of guys named Tony in the photo line, I know that."

"We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn't that ironic?"

Sometimes she makes perfect sense. Sometimes she channels something deeper than sense. And sometimes she turns a phrase that is destined for immortality. Sarah Palin is not just the most controversial and significant non-office holder in America, she is a font of accidental wit and wisdom. Her truthy public statements--tweeted or spoken, planned or spontaneous--are endlessly entertaining to fans and foes alike. Jacob Weisberg, whose career as a curator of George W. Bushisms was made famous online, in books, in calendars, and even a DVD, is back with a new, and if possible, even more hilarious, source of malapropisms and mis-statements.

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