I’m fascinated by Sarah Palin for a lot of reasons. One is that she uses the coded language of the hard fundamentalist religious right. Another is that she has a speaking style that seems casual and unscripted, but is actually full of allusions and tones and a deliberate vagueness so she can imply things that won’t show up on a transcript. She gives herself lots of wiggle room.
So how about her statement that she’s, ‘passing the ball’? Whoever is she passing it to? Is there a star player waiting to catch a great big ball of Alaska and score the winning shot? Or is the ‘ball’ the Republican base that is still cheering for her?
I never thought she was dumb. She might be erratic but she leaves all the doors open for a quick escape to whatever next move she has planned.