Vocabulary problem

>> Monday, November 16, 2009

Palin on vegatarianism:

If any vegans came over for dinner, I could whip them up a salad, then explain my philosophy on being a carnivore: If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat? I love meat. I eat pork chops, thick bacon burgers, and the seared fatty edges of a medium-well-done steak. But I especially love moose and caribou. I always remind people from outside our state that there's plenty of room for all Alaska's animals—right next to the mashed potatoes.
People who eat only meat are carnivores. People who eat meat and vegetables & fruits are omnivores. I learned this in grade school. Sarah Palin, apparently, never learned the distinction.

Digby notes:
I think that's actually very clever of Palin. It's the modern equivalent of a successful Reagan line from the 60s that hippies "look like Tarzan, walk like Jane and smell like Cheetah." It's a way of tweaking the liberals and people of all political stripes love that stuff. It's tried and true conservative politics and she has a knack for delivering those kinds of lines, just as it was for St. Ronnie.

Her ignorance of everything else is what will likely keep her from becoming more than a political celebrity, but I can see why she's so popular among the wingnuts. Just like Reagan, she knows how to give voice to their hatred with a joke and a smile on her face. It's a unique gift.
It's not a unique gift. The "right next to the mashed potatoes" joke has been on billboards and bumper-stickers for years.
Even those socialist Canadians have made this joke!


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