Pa*lin*ism
- noun.
1. A quotation of the spoken word of Sarah Palin, aspirant to the Vice Presidency of the United States of America.
2. The combined use of logical transposition, misconjugation, repetition, and stock phrase insertion when answering a straightforward question.
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"I mean you set yourself up just to continually be mocked, you know so sometimes that doesn’t do any good, but what I have done in this campaign is in reaching out to the American voters through our rallies, through the one on ones, through the small meetings that we’ve had trying to get our message out, our plans for this country out there minus the filter of some of the filter of the mainstream media because, because that filter as, as we see every day when we turn on the news too often there is this, this opaqueness, there is this, this spin, this contortion of a person’s words and intentions and that does more harm than good, so it’s a greater challenge for me and for John McCain to try to get our message out there without that filter of I think some of the world’s media."

Sarah Palin, October 20, 2008… explaining on a cable network why she doesn’t do interviews with cable networks.
"We believe that the best of America is in the small towns that we get to visit, and in the wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation. This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans."

Sarah Palin, October 17 2008. 79% of Americans live in urban areas.
"Wooten is my brother-in-law, but this information is forwarded to you objectively, and I trust it is received and considered by you objectively."

Email from Governor Sarah Palin to Department of Public Safety Colonel Julia Grimes, August 10 2005
"But no, in John McCain’s mission here, in taking the high road, as you’re going to see too with a lot of unfair shots he has taken in this campaign with some of his opponents’ supporters, McCain and I taking the high road, being positive."

Sarah Palin, October 11 2008
"You know there are, there are man’s activities that can be contributed to the issues that we’re dealing with now, these impacts."

Sarah Palin, September 29 2008
"I know that John McCain will do that and I, as his vice president, families we are blessed with that vote of the American people and are elected to serve and are sworn in on January 20, that will be our top priority is to defend the American people."

- Sarah Palin, September 11 2008
"Looking at you I bet people are thinking they’re going to be interested in Jesus Christ through you because of the way you look: this red-headed Sasquatch for Jesus!"

- Sarah Palin, June 8 2008
"As I’m doing my job, let’s strike this deal, your job is to going to be to be out there reaching the people, hurting people throughout Alaska."

- Sarah Palin, June 8 2008
"I think God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that."

Sarah Palin, June 8 2008
"I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear."

Sarah Palin, October 2 2008
"My record is out there and my life is out there."

- Sarah Palin, September 29 2008
"What I want to argue about is how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts we have got to clean up this planet."

Sarah Palin, October 2 2008
"How long have I been at this? Like, five weeks?"

Sarah Palin, October 2 2008
After Sarah Palin told Katie Couric in a September 2008 interview that she opposes Roe v. Wade but supports the idea of the right to privacy in the constitution (which is the basis for the Roe v. Wade decision), Couric asked Palin a simple question:

Katie Couric: What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?

Sarah Palin: Mmmmm…

[Pause]

Well, let’s see. There’s…

[Pause, sigh]

Of course in the great history of America there have been rulings, that, um, there’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American, and there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but …

[Pause]

Couric: Can you think of any?

Palin: Well, I could think of, of, any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level, maybe I would take issue with? But, you know, um, as, as a mayor, and then as a governor and even as a vice president, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as, as it reads today.


"I'm the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can't."

-- Sarah Palin, explaining her governing philosophy as Mayor of Wasilla
Question: Are you offended by the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?

Sarah Palin: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.
-- Sarah Palin's response to the 2006 Eagle Forum Questionnaire
"What is it exactly that the VP does every day?"

-- Sarah Palin, August 1 2008
"You know there are - there are man’s activities that can be contributed to the issues that we’re dealing with now, these impacts. I’m not going to solely blame all of man’s activities on changes in climate."

-- Sarah Palin, September 29 2008
Interview of September 29, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio:
Katie Couric: When it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?

Sarah Palin: I've read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.

Couric: What, specifically?

Palin: Um, all of them.

“Alaska is all over the world map right now.” — Sarah Palin, June 8 2008
“There’s been so many words, Ed, over the state of Alaska, we being the head and not the tail, and, um, I see things now in the works it seems like, things like, that’s coming to fruition. Things are perculating! Things are coming along, and just, you know, uh, praying for an outpouring of God’s spirit here, that revival to be here in Alaska.”

Sarah Palin, June 8 2008


"I’m not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who’s more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who’s actually done it?"

-- Sarah Palin, September 26 2008


“I am so sorry I’m such a weasel.” — Sarah Palin, October 8 2000
“There’s something going on in Alaska where, you know, we get calls in our office all the time from national media outlets and international media outlets just wondering what’s going on in Alaska. And I think there’s something going on here with where you all are going as Master’s Commission students and now graduates and what’s going on in the state of Alaska.”

Sarah Palin, June 8 2008


Sarah Palin: Never presume to know what God’s will is. And I would never presume to know God’s will or to speak God’s words….

Charles Gibson: I take your point about Lincoln’s words, but you went on and said, “there is a plan, and it is God’s plan.”

Sarah Palin: I believe that there is a plan for this world, and that plan for this world is for good. I believe there is great hope and great potential for every country to be able to live and be protected with inalienable rights that I believe are God-given, Charlie. And I believe that those are the rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That in my world view is a grand, the grand plan.

Sarah Palin to Charles Gibson, September 11 2008.


From Charles Gibson’s interview of Sarah Palin on September 11, 2008:

Charles Gibson: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks does the proximity of the state give you?

Sarah Palin: [Pause] They’re our next door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

Charles Gibson: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

Sarah Palin: Well, I’m giving you that perspective into how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relations with all of these countries, especially Russia.


"It was an unfair attack on the verbage Senator McCain chose to use…. that was an unfair attack there, again, based on verbage that John McCain had used."

- Sarah Palin, September 18 2008.


At a Town Hall on September 17, 2008 for which you had to get a ticket from the GOP to get in:

Question: Governor Palin, there’s been quite a bit of discussion about your perceived lack of foreign policy experience. And I give you your chance: if you could please respond to that criticism and give us specific skills that you think you have to bring to the White House to rebut that or mitigate that concern.

Sarah Palin: Well, I think because I’m a Washington outsider that, uh, that opponents are going to be looking for a whole lot of things that they can criticize and they can kinda try to beat the candidate here, who chose me as his partner, to, um, to kind of tear down the ticket. But as for foreign policy, you know, I think that I am prepared and I know that on January 20th if we are so blessed as to be sworn into office as your President and Vice President, certainly we’ll be ready. I’ll be ready. I have that confidence. I have that readiness. And if you want specifics, specific policy or countries, go ahead and you can ask me. You can even play “Stump the Candidate” if you want to. But we are ready to serve.


“It’s very important, when, when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and, and, uh, comes into the airspace of the United States America, where, where do they go? It’s Alaska! It’s just right over the border.”

– Sarah Palin, September 25 2008, explaining again why living in Alaska gives her foreign policy experience


“Ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh — it’s got to be all about job creation too. Shoring up our economy, and putting it back on the right track. So healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade, we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, um, scary thing, but 1 in 5 jobs being created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All of those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.”

- Sarah Palin, September 24 2008, trying to explain to Katie Couric why giving Wall Street investment companies a 700 billion dollar government handout is a better idea than giving that money to middle class Americans.


“It is, somebody was saying this morning, a toxic waste there on Wall Street, affecting Main Street. And we’ve got to cure this.”

Sarah Palin, September 17 2008

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