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September 26, 2008

The Palin Effect, or Confusion at the Corner
Posted by Shadi Hamid

I was just reading the Corner, because, well, I kind of like it. It allows me to briefly inhabit a parallel universe. But today was even more bizarre than usual. Peter Robinson linked to his latest article at Forbes. I had to read this a couple times to let it sink in:

Throughout the campaign, Sarah Palin has remained poised and articulate. As far as I am aware, she has committed not a single gaffe. In just under a week, she had mastered the interview format.

But then I got a different vibe from Kathleen Parker (you gotta admire her guts in this column):

I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted. Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there... If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

Then there's Kathryn Jean Lopez:

I absolutely refuse to watch another Sarah Palin interview.

I wonder who I agree with...


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