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    Anecdotal Observations On History & Politics

    Entries in Sarah Palin (2)


    Goldwater Revisited: In Your Heart You Know SHE'S Right

    Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign slogan, "in your heart you know he's right," has been resurrected at CPAC -- but this time it's for Sarah Palin: 


    Of course, Goldwater's "heart" slogan was mocked by the left, who countered, "in your guts you know he's nuts":

    For campaign parallels between 2012 and 1964, see my post Purity & Practicality in the GOP


    Move Over Palin, Warren Harding Invented a Word Too

    Earlier in the week Sarah Palin earned special recognition from the New Oxford American Dictionary for coming up with the word of the year. "Refudiate," a word she coined over the summer, is a combination of "refute" and "repudiate". However, Palin is not the first aspiring President to have invented a word that actually entered the our lexicon.

    "Normalcy" was used interchangeably for the correct word "normality" back during the 1920 presidential election, and it was the brainchild of then Senator Warren G. Harding. Running on the theme, "a return to normalcy" after the end of WWI, his use of the word can be heard below at 1:09:

    As you can tell, his rambling speech is replete with adjectives and vague thematic references. This style of stumping became known as "bloviating," which is defined as such: "to talk aimlessly and boastingly". Harding may have been bloviator in chief, but he did become president, so perhaps this foreshadows Sarah Palin's own political future...