I am encountering many bizarre and amusing things about Sarah Palin by reading her book Going Rogue.
For instance, she eloped. She and Todd even had to “recruit” seniors from the old folk’s home across the street to be their witnesses, focusing on those in wheelchairs who could be easily transported to the courthouse.
And the reason she named her son Tad? Because it is a combination of her husband, Todd, and her other son, Track. But is Tad a combination of Todd and Track? Wouldn’t that be Tradd? Or Tock? Certainly not Tad…
But some anecdotes are more misleading and disheartening than taking liberties with language conflation or taking advantage of the elderly.
Recalling her run for Alaska Governor, Palin recalls, “Every part of our campaign shouted ‘Change!’…A change from emphasizing politics to emphasizing people. A change from smooth talk to straight talk – even then.
“We were amused a couple of years later when Barack Obama – one of whose senior advisers (come to think of it) had roots in Alaska – adopted the same theme. Kris and I joked about it; ‘Hey! We were change when change wasn’t cool!’”
Please dear readers, correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t it the McCain campaign that utilized the theme “Straight Talk Express?”
How could Sarah Palin confuse such a thing? It was her campaign!
Palin harbors a significant grudge about the c-word. Relating her experience immediately after the announcement of her joining the McCain ticket she explains, “It struck me as ironic that the Obama campaign had captured the theme of change. I’d always run on a platform of change, and I quickly wondered how I could start interjecting that ‘We were change when change wasn’t cool’ theme.”
It strikes me as ironic that Palin is so bitter about Change. Sore loser? Change is politics 101, right up there with being against crime and pro-children.