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02 October 2008 @ 09:57 pm



Sweet merciful crap. If you can't pronounce it, you have no business being anywhere near a political position that requires you to be knowledgeable and responsible about same.
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The Only Sane Oneravenclawizard on October 3rd, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
I'm actually gonna give her credit for "Talibani". I have a bad habit myself of not pronouncing vowels as accurately as I should, leading "pen" and "pin" to sound just the same for me. I had to inform people I was watching who were making jokes about the proper term being "Talibanese" that there the President of Iraq really is named Talabani.

...That said, I still think she's barely fit to lead a parade.
Aifacataifacat on October 3rd, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on October 3rd, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
I'm watching the debate, banging my head on the desk every time at I hear her speak and....... did she just say "dog-gone-it"
Aifacat: Wake up callaifacat on October 3rd, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
OMG. Best part of debate so far...

Palin just said: "[McCain] is the man we need to leave...er...LEAD."

Kel: geekladyjoust on October 3rd, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
I screamed. I am not even kidding.
Aifacat: Chuckleaifacat on October 3rd, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
I laughed hysterically.

Also, I want to see if someone counted how many times she said the following phrases/words:

1. Maverick
2. Energy Producing State
3. I'm a Mom

Nooooo...she wasn't coached mercilessly....
The Only Sane Oneravenclawizard on October 3rd, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
The NY Times usually comes out with a cool graphic that shows, in comparative sizes, how often a word or phrase was said in a given time.

And man, I watched her give some answers, and they actually sounded too good. Like you just know they were pre-written. Anyone who watches public speaking for long enough can tell the difference in cadence between something memorized and something off-the-cuff, no matter how talented a public speaker the subject is.
Aifacat: Glareaifacat on October 3rd, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
She just seemed so...robotic in her answers - don't even need to be someone who watches a lot of public speaking!
curiouser and curiouserblueboats on October 3rd, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
oh my god i was about to post this.

she actually seems to be surprisingly coherent tonight, aside from that pronunciation issue. how annoying.
Kel: scowly Huntressladyjoust on October 3rd, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
I know. fmeh. I summed it up to my hubby as, "Articulate. Far less dithering. I still sort of want to punch her."

Fjordhopper: Dark supergirlfjordhopper on October 3rd, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
Yes...I had that feeling of wanting to punch her, too.
Janetgoodnite_gracee on October 3rd, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
I'm beginning to think the whole "nuclear" thing is actually a part of the Republican platform to "connect" to middle America. I've been screaming about this since Bush was elected the first time...
the_wild_bunny on October 3rd, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
I noticed that. Also: "Drill, baby, drill?"
(no subject) - awomanthatsblue on October 3rd, 2008 02:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
Andrewquueer on October 3rd, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
She tried once or twice it seemed. And then gave up.
Kelladyjoust on October 3rd, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
I had such high hopes for Gwen. Sadly, this debate left me wishing that someone from BBC News would step up for a round of questioning. Those folks are merciless (or, at least, four thousand times more so than our reporters).
Mirandamirmie on October 3rd, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
BBC News needs to come and run camps or self improvement programs or something for about 90% of American news.
izlzi: bitch pleaseizlzi on October 3rd, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
Someone should set Paxman on the candidates.

Cesycesy on October 4th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
Strangely, many of my friends consider BBC News reporters to be far too kind and gentle, letting politicians get away with avoiding questions far too often. Properly merciless reporters seem to be in short supply.
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on October 3rd, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
I'm annoyed that I don't get tv reception in my new apartment, partially because I'm missing the entertainment of the debate.

I'd actually forgive mispronunciation if I thought she had a clue. And maybe she does, but not about this sort of thing.

She's great at connecting with her audience on a personal level; she comes across as someone Joe Average can relate to. (Pay attention to the specific words she uses.) I caught some videos of bits of the debate on cnn.com. But she's in *way* over her head. Not so much with the shock there.
tari3: [TDS] Jontari3 on October 3rd, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)

She gave me such a headache with her mispronunciation of nuclear and her repeated use of the word maverick and her 'gosh darn' folksy talk.
Blaidd Drwgfairyrune on October 3rd, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3 <3!
Green Monk: mybuttgrmonk on October 3rd, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
You guys must really love Norm Crobsy !!! ;-)
Valeria Ottturtleott on October 3rd, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Being in the field of radiation for work, this pronunciation is a huge pet peeve. I kept throwing things at the TV with no results. Love you!