Cole has seldom written about Sarah Palin, and today is the first time I know of that Prof. Cole has taken Palin to task for her senselessly inane tweet this weekend, regarding the building of a mosque in the Battery area of lower Manhattan.
Here's Prof. Cole:
There are many things wrong with the original tweet. “Refudiate” is, of course, not a word, and a case could be made for making Ms. Palin pay her parents back for all the money they spent on her education.
The phrase ‘stab you in the heart as it does ours’ should be ‘stab you in the heart as it does us’– she has incorrectly switched from a direct object of the transitive verb ‘to stab’ to a possessive modifying heart; in the first parallel phrase, ‘heart’ was the the object of a preposition.
The further errors in the tweet have to do with substance. A tiny fringe cult destroyed the Twin Towers in New York, not Islam in general (a religion of 1.5 billion human beings which could well be the religion of 3 billion human beings by mid-century). A monument to Usama Bin Laden or al-Qaeda would be in poor taste. A mosque, built anywhere in the United States, is not.
Cole goes on to examine religious aspects of the offense committed by Palin.
Palin's grammatical structure has been examined by many, since the early days of her rise to national prominence prompted more scrutiny than Alaskans had seemed capable of:
Palin invents words. Not by choice, but by ineptness. Then she later claims that this was purposeful. Yeah, right, Sarah.
Not only does Palin invent words, she has inspired the invention of numerous words and new definitions to old ones with her antics. The antics of her followers have also inspired new words and definitions. The list of Palin-inspired definitions in a site devoted to the language Palin describes as living, The Urban Dictionary, is long. Here's the first definition under the heading Palin-Drone:
Murderous drag queen of dubious pedigree, hand(-job)-selected by the Gay Old Pedophiles (GOP) as butt boy extraordinaire to 'Senator' McBane. Notoriously misogynic and thoroughly misanthropic (due to gender and species xenophobia, respectfully), Palin-Drone prostitutes its own knocked-up 17-year-old spawn as anodyne for witless, anti-choice right-wingnuts. In a fortuitous twist of irony, Palin-Drone is ostensibly the same anti-Christ its own sycophants have been programmed to dread.
The Palin-Drones at the Sea of Pee are braying that Palin has won the battle of the mosque tweets, not only vanquishing 1.5 billion Muslims, but the Mayor of New York city and Mitt Romney. They remind me of the definition of Palin Truth Squad:
An idiot organization run by idiots for idiots with the intent of deceiving even more gullible idiots.