Sarah Palin is in some ways an efficient speaker: it takes her under two minutes to remind us how she destroyed the McCain-Palin presidential campaign of 2008, and show that she is exactly what the Republican Party does not need right now. Making her first appearance on Megyn Kelly’s new show on Fox News, The Kelly File, Palin discussed the fallout from the government shutdown. Or, at least that’s what Kelly asked her about.
MEGYN KELLY: The President you heard there suggesting that nothing has done more damage to our credibility in the world and our standing with other countries than this latest D.C. fight [over the government shutdown and debt ceiling]. Really?...Governor [Palin] Your thoughts on that remark by the President.
SARAH PALIN: I think that remark is one of his more out of touch remarks that we’ve heard in recent days. No, what emboldens our enemies and empowers competitors was his promise to fundamentally transform America from being a solvent, free, exceptional country into something we’re not going to recognize. Also what emboldens our enemies is the doubling of our debt since he’s been elected, putting us on a path towards bankruptcy and locking up pipelines and resources will result in us being more reliant on foreign imports. And then of course, he, having left behind his administration, having left behind our brave men and women in Benghazi to be murdered. And then of course there’s Syria, where of course, he promised to bomb Syria, because, of course, in that civil war, Syria was going to bomb Syria, and then we never heard another word again about his threat to bomb in a foreign civil war. And then of course, most recently, Megyn, he using our military—those that would fight against our enemies—our military, our vets, shutting down their memorials and holding them hostage in terms of budget deals, threatening to withhold paychecks for our brave men and women.
If that was confusing and difficult to read/listen to, it’s not you. It might be partially my fault, because it’s really hard to punctuate the spoken word of Sarah Palin, but wow. This makes Palin’s infamous Katie Couric interviews look coherent. Some politicians are said to speak in taglines or (more respectably) paragraphs. Palin speaks in semi-grammatical streams of Mad Libs, filling in each sentence with randomly chosen Republican talking points from the last two years. Handed a softball question by Megyn Kelly, Palin ignores the chance to articulate the Republican Party response to Obama’s messaging on the end of the government shutdown. Instead, Palin talks about the debt, the Keystone pipeline, Benghazi, Syria, and finally, something related to the shutdown: veterans’ memorials being closed.
That’s before we even get to the fact that everything Palin said is misleading or inaccurate. Palin, who goes on to encourage Tea Party challengers to established Republican senators, is exactly what the GOP doesn’t need right now. She insults the intelligence of her viewers, provides easily debunked misinformation, and cheerleads for the extremists in the Republican Party who just brought us the government shutdown.