“C’mon! Enemies who would utterly annihilate America, they would obviously have information on plots. They carry out jihad. Oh, but you can’t offend them. Can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen,” […] “Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”
I’m sure the Russian judge would score it differently, but here’s how I marked my card:
- Degree of difficulty: 3/5 It was a NRA convention, and the subject was terrorism. She could have stood at the microphone and muttered “Terrorists..Bad” and gotten at least a round of politc applause. Perhaps you think my DD score is a bit high, but let’s face it–she’s never going to appear in front of a really tough crowd, so a 5 for her might be a Mary Kay convention or a regional meeting of Chevy dealers, if either of those events were held somewhere in the South.
- Execution: 4/5 The initial simpleton phrasing (“Enemies … carry out jihad”) and the aw-shucks “smidgen” would lead one to to think this was basic Palin trolling, designed to get NPR listeners worked into a frothy-mouthed swivet while driving to Whole Foods in their Priuses. But the waterboarding/baptism coupling takes it up a couple of notches, broadening her aim to a whole new set of targets: Christians who aren’t inclined to don a white robe and burn a cross in the front yard of the local mosque.
If you think 7/10 is too high, take a look at the way the British Judge, Andrew Sullivan, scored it. He was barely through his morning coffee yesterday before he posted his “no true Christian” response, with video, which is exactly the kind of life-giving succor that keeps Palin raking in the speaking fees and PAC donations. If she keeps playing this kind of “A” game, I expect we’ll be hearing a hell of a lot more from her in the future.