I just watched a stump speech by Sarah Palin on CNN. She's probably wasting her time, campaigning in Iowa. That's OK with me, though. And the more she spends on clothes, the less the Republican National Committee has to spend on robocalls.
Her stump speech was repetitive. If you've seen one of her speeches over the past ten days, you've pretty much seen or heard them all. She does seem fixated on one iconic phrase, above the rest:
"Joe the plumber calls Obama's plan 'socialist!'"
Palin mentioned Joe the Plumber a half dozen times in her Iowa speech today. As she did yesterday and the day before. But if you go to the McCain-Palin campaign web site, and look at those same speeches, they've edited all mention of poor Joe out of the texts. Does that mean Palin is going off message in her continuously repeated references to the guy?
I don't know, but the way she says "Joe the Plumber" strikes me as a bit weird. Possibly, she's attracted to the way Joe pumped up his story about what he's done and what he wants to do, in a similar way that Palin has handled her biographical details.
image courtesy of Ray Gregory