Thanksgiving Word Salad

Thanksgiving Word Salad

by digby

The good news is that Bush proved we don't need our presidents to be articulate or even make sense, so this won't harm her chances for the presidency:

That's what's known among the Tea party as common sense.

But it's clear that the village is beginning to take her seriously. Check out the way ABC reported the gaffe:

Was it a simple blunder or did a possible 2012 presidential contender really get her geography wrong?

That's the question being debated after Sarah Palin said in an interview with Glenn Beck Wednesday that North Korea was a U.S. ally.

When asked by Beck how she would handle a situation like the one that was developing in North Korea, Palin responded: "This is stemming from, I think, a greater problem when we're all sitting around asking, 'Oh no, what are we going to do,' and we're not having a lot of faith that the White House is going to come out with a strong enough policy to sanction what it is that North Korea is going to do."

It is unclear whether Palin is talking about sanctions against North Korea, or U.S. sanctioning -- i.e. approving or supporting -- its actions.

Palin continued: "Obviously, we gotta stand with our North Korean allies," when Beck interrupted and corrected her to say "South Korea."

"And we're also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes," she responded.

Palin's gaffe immediately caught fire on the blogosphere. Liberals jumped to show her response as evidence of Palin's lack of foreign policy expertise. Conservatives came to her defense, pointing to her response immediately before the gaffe where she discusses sanctions.

I've seen them reach for a he said/she said in my day, but using the right and left blogosphere as a way to avoid taking a position is a pip.

Regardless of what anyone thinks she meant (who could know?) it's gibberish. But news organizations are clearly so afraid of being hit from the right for being unfair to Palin they are pretending that there is a question about that.