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That Palin wit

Brace Yourself

Beware: Wisdom is coming.

And it’s coming in philosophical profundities such as this: “Only dead fish go with the flow.”

Or this: “If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat?”

Can you guess who’s our sage?

One more try: “But then somebody sent me the other day Isaiah 49:16, and you need to go home and look it up. Before you look it up, I’ll tell you what it says, though. It says, ‘Hey, if it was good enough for God, scribbling on the palm of His hand, it’s good enough for me, for us.’ He says in that passage, ‘I wrote your name on the palm of my hand to remember you,’ and I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m in good company.”

Did I give it away?

If you can stand the wait, later this month you can have your fill of these deep thoughts with the release of “Palinisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $9.95 paper). The pocket-size volume is edited by Jacob Weisberg, head of Washington Post Co.-owned Slate group and editor of the George W. Bushisms series.

“Palinisms” takes you on a journey through the former VP candidate’s other-worldly syntax and impenetrable logic, as when she takes the media to task: “The perversion over these last years of what the media has done to conservatives, I think it’s appalling and it violates our freedom of the press.”

In an introduction, Weisberg notes that since McCain-Palin lost the election he finds Palin’s know-nothingness less scary. Now it’s become funny. “Palinisms,” he writes, “consist of a unitary stream of patriotic, populist blather. It’s like Fox News without punctuation. It is so devoid of content that it hardly deserves the adjective ‘truthy.’”

By Steven E. Levingston  |  August 6, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
Categories:  Brace Yourself  | Tags: palin's wit and wisdom; palin quotations; palin's foot in her mouth;  
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