Palin’s way of talkin’ dissected, you betcha

Palin’s way of talkin’ dissected, you betcha

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – When Sarah Palin burst onto the national political stage there was a lot of talk about her distinctive way of talkin’, you betcha.

Heck, she moved to Alaska when she was too young to speak and grew up in the small town of Wasilla, but doggone it, why did she talk like someone from the movie “Fargo”?

Three University of Wisconsin-Madison linguists tackled the conundrum in a research article to be published in the Journal of English Linguistics next month. The answer lies in something that happened in the 1930s.

During the presidential campaign, almost every aspect of Palin’s life, including how she talked, was dissected by everyone from curious voters to political pundits. Many noted that for someone who grew up in Alaska, she talked a lot like she had been raised in Michigan, Wisconsin or Minnesota.

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Palin’s way of talkin’ dissected, you betcha

Well… I guess Sarah Palin is a Great Pretender. Playing to the masses. Putting on the dog, as they say. And it all came out looking like a seriously bad version of Northwoods Barbie.

What has happened to the idea of *straight talk*? Once upon a time a candidate stood up and spoke to America and said what was on his mind. You knew if a candidate shared your values by the words, and subsequently, the actions OF that person.

Today, it’s Dancing with the Stars, The Biggest Loser, Survivor, and The Amazing Race. These are the programs that capture the attention of American voters. Reality television!

Sarah Palin’s life reads a lot like a reality program too, Jon and Kate comes to mind. Dysfunctional, didn’t finish out the contract, accusations of improprieties, lots of similarities.

Personally, I want my politics to be a reality program, but I want it to be an accurate representation of LIFE, not some shrill voiced QUITTER that doesn’t represent my family values or work ethic.

I hate a quitter! Sarah Palin will forever be known as a QUITTER. You just don’t walk out on the job of Governor of Alaska because the *pressures* of the job were too much for you to take and because it was playing havoc on your family.

If Palin, or ANY of her supporters think for one minute that the pressures she would face as President or Vice President are less than those she faced as a state Governor, you are sadly mistaken! If she quit over those lesser pressures, what do you think she’ll do if it’s a GLOBAL crisis? What happens when she has to face the life or death decisions that ALL Presidents face?

Wake up folks, Palin is playing a part, that’s it, she is yesterdays news and even then she didn’t carry that much credibility. Then she became a QUITTER. Is that what you want in the White House? Do you want someone that’s better suited to reality TV or someone that can LEAD this nation?

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22 Responses to Palin’s way of talkin’ dissected, you betcha

  1. Silver Fox says:

    I haven’t made up my mind yet on those who seen to be in the arena. One thing for sure is that I will never support someone who sits on the fence or someone who avoid tough issues and spouts double talk. I have in the past supported third party candidates and could always vote that way again. To vote your heart is never tossing a vote away and I will never not vote for someone because he can’t win. Somehow that just doesn’t sit right with me. That said, the old saying still rings true, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and one mans truth is another mans lie. That will always be the case.

  2. TexasFred says:

    Silver Fox, in 2008 I voted for Bob Barr, I was seriously castigated for that, by friends and bloggers. I was told I was wasting my vote, I was told I was actually voting for Obama by voting for Barr, ALL of the GOP talking points from people that supposedly hate the GOP talking points…

    I had a lot of people tell me, “Well, I wasn’t voting for McCain, I was voting for Palin…”, and that is the most STUPID statement I have ever heard anyone make, I lost a hell of a lot of respect for quite a few people over that one…

    As you say, “To vote your heart is never tossing a vote away” and if the American people can, in good conscience, accept asswipes like McCain as the best we have to offer, if they can accept Palin simply because she is a decent looking woman, one of little TRUE substance in MY opinion, if Americans are that damned stupid, then this nation is done for…

  3. TexasFred says:

    So.. I get an email telling me that *PRIVATE CITIZEN* Palin needs to catch a break, we need to stop hammering on her because she’s NOT the issue…

    If she’s out there pushing a book on Oprah and contemplating a run in 2012, she IS an issue…

    I was also told to hammer on Reid, Pelosi and Biden…

    Sounds like someone needs to actually read the blog once in a while… :?

  4. HoosierArmyMom says:

    Well, I certainly don’t disagree with you Fred, but I will say this. The way the liberal left has put the woman under attack from day one and the fact that out of all the “charges” that the leftistas in Alaska brought on, not one has proven to be valid in court, just designed to wear her down, mentally, emotionally and fiscally… well, that should be noted to all who think running for office is a cake walk. It isn’t and the Saul Alinksky tactics are evil and the way the left tries to manipulate anything that is “real and American”. That being said… she’s still a wuss and a quitter in my book as well for the same reasons you state. I think Michelle Bachmann beats her at being genuinely conservative on all counts!!!! We need “strong conservative leadership”. By the time Obama and his minions are done tearing down America and trying to negate the Constitution, the “clean up detail” and reclaiming America, will not be for the faint of heart.

  5. Don says:

    Fred, I agree with you, probably 98% of the time. On the subject of Palin, we disagree. But disagreement is good, it is what makes for a vigorous, well informed electorate.

    I don’t know if it is okay to post a link in a comment here on your blog. If I am breaking a rule, it is not intentional, but I wanted to post a link to an article I wrote about Palin.

    Fear and the Far Left

    As far as the linguistics study, it is worth noting that Shepro (one of the authors of that paper) has long been a critic of Palin and Republicans in general. He also belongs to AAUP, a left leaning teachers union. Just throwing that out there.

    Why she quit as Gov. of Alaska, well I think it is probably a good choice for several reasons.

    Geographically, Alaska does not permit one to viably make a national name for themselves as regards the political arena.

    Fiscally it made sense for two reasons: One, because of the laws, ANYONE could file bogus ethics charges against her without paying anything but the filing fee for the documents. The taxpayers of Alaska were on the hook for all court costs and attorney fees as pertain to the office she held. Two, again because of the law, she was on the hook for the tremendously high attorney fees as regards her personal defense. It reached a half a million dollars.

    It might be worth noting that none of the ethics charges stuck. Outlandish claims ranged from fraud to the fact that she wore a jacket with a logo on it while her picture was taken.

    Fred, you have a great blog and I hope I am not offending you, but I wanted to represent a different side of Palin that the MSM doesn’t let people know about.

  6. TexasFred says:

    I have NO problem with links in comments, just use a _blank link to generate a link and not raw HTML…

    Don, you can represent/defend Palin all you like, nothing changes MY opinion nor the fact that she IS a QUITTER, Alaska law being what it is or not, not MY problem, she QUIT, under pressure, and no one can deny that…

    As you say, NONE of the charges stuck, I never said they would, I never accused her of ANYTHING other than being incredibly silly and of course she has a ton of family baggage to lug around, but she QUIT over bogus charges, and THAT is unacceptable…

    Her usefulness is done, if she ever really had any…

  7. Gawfer says:

    Interestingly, though my cousins grew up in southern Idaho, their dialect is identical to Palin’s, and they’ve been in Cordova Alaska for about 20 years. In fact, I noticed the peculiar sound in speech while working on the North Slope in 1993. I don’t think Palin is a poser; I believe she is speaking exactly how she heard and was raised.

    One might disagree with her politics; Conservative Christian who fully supports gun rights and caring for disabled, but I don’t believe it’s a prudent discourse to criticize her speech patterns, no offense intended to our host.

  8. TexasFred says:

    Well by golly Gawfer, ya know? Don’tcha? There’s no way I would be a takin’ offense to your opinion gosh darn it. You betcha you know I wouldn’t. :twisted:

  9. Gawfer says:


    I do think however, she’d have been a heck of a lot better that either one of the 2 posers that are stealing our freedom at every turn.

  10. Gawfer says:

    why didn’t that code work? gosh darn-it!

  11. TexasFred says:

    Well gosh darn it, that code is a workin’ now don’tcha know… You betcha you do… When ya have a friend on this side of the Admin panel, friends NEVER look bad, by golly…

    As to doing better than Obama, my 5 year old grandson could do better, that’s not the issue for me, I honestly believe she has far too much baggage, I think she blew it by running with Gramps, and the QUITTING in Alaska left me feeling that she could damn sure do the same thing to America, maybe not, but the thought IS there…

    Her 2A stand, her religious views, all that is great, taking care of old folks, I REALLY like that idea, as I am one of them, but in MY opinion, IF Sarah Palin is the answer, it was a really dumb question, I hope they never ask her that one during an interview… You betcha…

  12. Mattexian says:

    I think I might could stand her, even if she quit later, as one of the VP ideas floated out there for her is Jindal of Louisiana. At least she’d go ahead and quit, instead of sticking around and voting “present” over and over, like the current one.

  13. TexasFred says:

    The choice of a QUITTER or an idiot that votes *present*…. Is that what this nation has been reduced to??

  14. Bloviating Zeppelin says:

    Fred, I can tell you why NO ONE wants to speak freely, clearly or truthfully anymore, and I can do it in two words:


    The American electorate, the bulk of it, is only concerned with its Free Cheese. What can the “gubmint” GIVE ME?? is the rallying question from the great unwashed masses.

    Politicians know this, and know that, without skyrocketing promises of MORE Free Cheese, they stand a snowball’s chance in Hell of acquiring much of any political seat.

    The PEOPLE have brought this about; I believe every bit as much AS the politicians themselves.

    The American electorate has lost its courage and is becoming more and more accustomed, through education, through youth, through the courts, of having their Free Cheese mindsets VALidated.

    We’d best be talking, if we want to save this country, about a lot of NO! in our immediate future.

    You know, Fred, any politician truly capable of saying NO! to the electorate?

    Really? Honestly?

    WHO is there?


  15. Always On Watch says:

    The right so wants Sarah Palin to be “the next Reagan.”

    If only she were!

    But she’s not.

  16. Vigilante says:

    Fred, here’s a link that I just read and hope you will also. I won’t try and talk you into changing your mind, that’s your perogative, but, if she was your employee and she was costing you 2 million a year through no fault of her own, and she decided to quit Texas Fred’s blog because she didn’t want you to keep paying for frivolous bullshit from outside sources, would you still admonish her? Just asking, and not trying to be a SA. I know she’s from over in Idaho and they DO talk funny over there. LOL

    Sarah Palin did not leave Alaska government “for no reason”

  17. TexasFred says:

    I have heard ALL the reasons and excuses… The fact still remains, SHE IS A QUITTER..

    Don’t you think the left will attack like rabid DOGS if Palin were elected POTUS? What the hell? It’s OK to throw up a loser that will be driven out of that office too? And WE, the American tax payers will be funding her crap at that time…

    Palin needs to fade off into the midnight sun… And STAY there…

  18. Don says:

    Federal laws protecting a president are far different than state laws protecting a governor.

    I would think you would be far more upset at the far left for attacking her. The MORNING AFTER McCain picked Palin, Obama’s campaign sent over 40 “investigative” journalists to try and tear her apart. To dig up dirt on her. Why? Because she is a strong, principled, conservative female. She was a threat to them then and still is now.

    No, I have much more of a problem with the fact that any useful idiot could file a bogus ethics charge on her and not be responsible for the financial havoc it wreaks.

    I applaud her for stepping down, that took a sh*tload of guts, knowing how she would be perceived. Knowing people would label her a quitter. But you know, doing the right thing isn’t always the easy thing.

  19. TexasFred says:

    Don, if you’re ready for 4 more years of Obama come 2012, just run Palin, that’s exactly what you’ll get, and remember, I told you 3 years prior to the event…

  20. Don says:

    Fred, you are correct about that. I was just speaking to the misconceptions about her reasons for stepping down as Gov. of Alaska and the fact that the press excoriated her.

    I would rather see someone else on the ticket, but that doesn’t mean she can’t help the Republican party, though.

  21. TexasFred says:

    OK, now I think we’re on the same page Don, she probably can help the GOP, in many ways, but not as a candidate…

    I still have a ton of issues with her quitting, and I have heard ALL of the reasons, and I still don’t like the fact that she quit, BUT, she does have some uses, if the GOP is smart enough to use her properly…

    Now, proper, the GOP and common sense, those are totally different topics, and Michael Steele is a totally useless person in my opinion, and in the opinions of many others…

  22. Don says:

    I agree with you about Steele, he needs to show more character that goes along with his name. What the GOP needs now is more of a leader to bring in these so-called moderates. For Cao to vote for the health monstrosity with no Party repercussions is completely crazy.

    If it were on some bill that only affected his district, or the part of the state his district was in, then okay. But Pelosicare can screw us all, and what he did was cowardly.