Thursday, November 19, 2009

Palin Tology

Sarah Palin's book is out and people are standing in lines overnight to get an autographed copy and a peek at the author. She has strong admirers and equally ardent detractors.
I watched her on Oprah and thought she handled herself well. I still don't understand her resignation as Alaskan governor. There are lots of things about politics I don't understand. Love her or not, she is making waves. ??Rogue waves?

During the campaign Sarah Palin referred to herself as a "maverick". I thought that word might be in the title of her book. No. The title is "Going Rogue". Something about that didn't sound quit right. I checked a dictionary definition of ROGUE. Here is is.
Rogue: "1. An unprincipled, deceitful and unreliable person, a scoundrel or rascal.
2. One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp.
3. A wandering beggar, a vagrant.
4. A vicious and solitary animal especially an elephant that has separated
itself from it's herd.
5. An organaism, especially a plant, that shows an undesirable variation
a standard." Webster's New College Dictionary
Many of those definitions seem to have a negative connotation, don't they? Are the McCain campaign politicos working with her publisher to discredit her?
Maybe she should have stuck with "maverick" for a title word. One of the definitions of maverick: An independently minded person who refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a particular group.
If she didn't want maverick, even audacity would have been better than rogue.
Audacity definition: Willingness to take risks, a boldness or unrestrained impudence.
Oh, I guess that word was already taken.
I don't think the 2012 election is going to be any less contentious than the last one.

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