Daily Archives: July 27, 2009

Gideon Rachman

I thought Sarah Palin’s farewell speech as governor of Alaska was an astonishing performance – and I don’t mean that in a good way. There have been times when Palin has been able to perform adequately in public; her acceptance speech at the Republican convention, and her debate with Joe Biden are examples. But this was Sarah Palin unplugged, and it was not a pretty sight.

Her early unscripted remarks were so inarticulate that they barely made sense. Some of what she had to say was comic, such as her suggestion that she would guard the interests of Alaskans with the ferocity of a grizzly bear guarding it cubs. Some of it was faintly sinister, such as her attempt to suggest that her critics in the press were betraying American troops abroad. The logic was that the troops are fighting to defend freedom, including freedom of the press. But Palin’s press critics are lying and therefore abusing that freedom. Therefore they are betraying the troops. Read more