Raban on Palin

Wink, wink

Once again, Jonathan Raban comes up with a brilliant piece of writing, in London Review of Books:

wink, wink

“What is most striking about her is that she seems perfectly untroubled by either curiosity or the usual processes of thought. When answering questions, both Obama and Joe Biden have an unfortunate tendency to think on their feet and thereby tie themselves in knots: Palin never thinks. Instead, she relies on a limited stock of facts, bright generalities and pokerwork maxims, all as familiar and well-worn as old pennies. Given any question, she reaches into her bag for the readymade sentence that sounds most nearly proximate to an answer, and, rather than speaking it, recites it, in the upsy-downsy voice of a middle-schooler pronouncing the letters of a word in a spelling bee. She then fixes her lips in a terminal smile.”

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One thought on “Raban on Palin

  1. Obama and Biden, thinking on their feet. What a joke. Like saying “corpseman” three times in three minutes?

    Both BHO and Uncle Joe are two of the stupidest people ever to hold their office. Barack couldn’t shine Clarence Thomas’ shoes.

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