Palin’s Single Transferable Speech

FirstRead reports on Sarah Palin’s speeches to date, and, although they apparently don’t know the Irish lingo, it’s clear she’s using the Single Transferable Speech favoured by many Irish politicians.  Some have even accused John Hume of the practice (comment #1).

Basically, Palin’s speech starts off with some bio about herself (a good idea, since three weeks ago nobody had ever heard of her outside political circles), says “There’s a time for politics and a time for leadership, a time to campaign and a time to put our country first”, “In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change” and “I told the Congress, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere.” (which she didn’t – at least not until it had already been cancelled).

She then finishes up with “There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you.  John McCain.”.  The audience loves it, and laps it up.

As Matthew E Berger at FirstRead put it:

Each Palin rally is akin to a rock concert: Most of the audience knows the words and could probably even sing along. So they get a heavy dose of the artist’s greatest hits and little of the new stuff.


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