Palin's use of the English language often borders on atrocious. Her meretricious attack on Obama's lame speech is a case in point -"He would aspire us to...."
She follows that with this: "What happened back then, uh, with the, uh, former Communist USSR, uh, and their victory, uh, in that, uh, race to space - yeah, they won, but they also incurred so much debt at the time that it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union."
Sputnik I was launched in October 1957. The USSR collapsed about 32 years later. This is the first time I've ever heard anyone connect the money spent on Sputnik with the collapse of the Soviet Union. For sure, the USSR collapsed from internal decay. It had many reasons, some of them economic, some political, some having to do with longstanding aspirations of the captive nations of the USSR. I think my December 1957 Mad Magazine came closer to describing what Sputnik I meant - "Their German scientists are better than our German scientists."
Her "Spudnut moment" diatribe was so pathetic that Greta moved right beyond it to talk about something more important - Bristol's future.