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In other words--even if it isn't the case here--it is often the case that Palin's gaffes could have more to do with her ignorance than merely a slip of the tongue. Oddly, her legion of cult-like followers don't care. Regardless of the root of her misstatements, missteps, and other potentially politically damaging actions, they love her more for it. They embrace whatever mistake she makes as a character enhancement, rather than a flaw. As when she was caught making notes on her hand, she turned it into a regular bit at future appearances. But one thing she can't do is be classy, humble, or contrite. She can't merely "own" one of her own mistakes without turning it into an opportunity to lash out at critics, the media, or the political opposition.
But the funny thing is--besides basing her political queendom in Facebook--her attempt to turn her defense of her North Korea remark into a slam on President Barack Obama only illustrates the glaring difference between the President's gaffes and her own. The paragraph of Obamaisms (which she surely didn't write herself) is a cobbling together of Obama's most oft repeated mistakes. And I really mean most of them. If I've seen the "57 states" bit once--a mistake made by a weary Obama on the campaign trail after having visited 47 events--I've seen it a thousand times. Not one sentient human believes that Obama really believes there are 57 states. But how hard is it to believe that Palin might not know the difference between North and South Korea? Didn't she even demonstrate in her own debate preparations that she didn't know why they were two countries?
What the Obamaism paragraph illustrates is that you can pile together all of Obama's most prominent gaffes and make a short paragraph. You could turn Palin's into a book. Or a series of books. Or a page-a-day calendar. Much like George W. Bush's comments being turned into Bushisms, you easily make Palinisms, and not run out of ideas for weeks.
Sarah Palin Defends Korea 'Slip-of-the-Tongue,' Blasts Media
In a Thanksgiving Day Facebook message addressed mockingly to 57 states -- a play on President Obama's slipup in May 2008 -- Sarah Palin blasted the media for blowing up herKorea "slip-of-the-tongue" and singling her out when it comes to gaffes. . .
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