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What will ambitious politicos learn from this? That frayed syntax, bungled grammar and run-on sentences that ramble on long after thought has given out completely are a candidateâ€™s valuable traits?
What on earth are our underpaid teachers, laboring in the vineyards of education, supposed to tell students about the following sentence, committed by the serial syntax-killer from Wasilla High and gleaned by my colleague Maureen Dowd for preservation for those who ask, â€śHow was it she talked?â€ť
"My concern has been the atrocities there in Darfur and the relevance to me with that issue as we spoke about Africa and some of the countries there that were kind of the people succumbing to the dictators and the corruption of some collapsed governments on the continent, the relevance was Alaskaâ€™s investment in Darfur with some of our permanent fund dollars."Itâ€™s admittedly a rare gift to produce a paragraph in which whole clumps of words could be removed without noticeably affecting the sense, if any.
Matt Lauer asked her about her daughterâ€™s pregnancy and what went into the decision about how to handle it. Her â€śanswerâ€ť did not contain the words â€śdaughter,â€ť â€śpregnancy,â€ť â€śwhat to do about itâ€ť or, in fact, any two consecutive words related to Lauerâ€™s query.
I saw this as a brief clip, so I donâ€™t know whether Lauer recovered sufficiently to follow up, or could only sit there, covered in disbelief. If it happens again, Matt, I bequeath you what I heard myself say once to an elusive guest who stiffed me that way: â€śWere you able to hear any part of my question?â€ť
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