Friday, October 3, 2008

What WASN'T Said By Palin: "Bush" or "Republican" As Well As A Host Of Other Things

What Wasn't Said Is Just As Important!

As I've posted before, the subject of RACE never came up in last night's debate. The subject of POVERTY didn't come up, either. Neither did the candidates embrace CRIME nor even ABORTION. The only domestic issues considered were: energy, "gay marriage", and the economy. Reading between Palin's lines was a daunting task, but one that was necessary. You had to get past the "hockey mom/tolerantly diverse family" stuff to REALLY hear what she was prepared to say. And two words that were absent from Palin: "Bush" and "Republican". Palin is being backed by THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. She could have at least mentioned it once!

Not Mentioned
but certainly understood

She didn't.

She took Biden to task for looking to past mistakes, but Biden said it best in response: "Past is Prologue."

Oddly, if you look at the hard word
count (I have), "change" is mentioned by Palin only several times. It's mentioned more by Biden. And her phraseology was definitely tutored (as well as tortured).

On Gay Marriage:
"But in that tolerance also, no one would ever propose, not in a McCain-Palin administration, to do anything to prohibit, say, visitations in a hospital or contracts being signed, negotiated between parties."
Huh? "Visitations" are not the same thing as automatic power of attorney. "Contracts" are not the same thing as valid commitments that ensure couples of all the benefits of "marriage." They are certainly not the same thing as a legal document being recognized by all states. There are definitely cracks in Palin's "tolerance."

And then we have: "Passion for diplomacy" followed by a big BUT! that wound up to be "If they hate us, we hate them! Naa na na naa naa (make rude face, put tumbs in ears and wiggle fingers). Maybe Kissinger gave her that last part as a diplomacy tip.

Words, words, words. They matter. They matter when they ARE NOT stated or stated enough. I've gone to the site to help me consider what words were said and which ones weren't. I made two "wordles" or graphics depending on how many times a word is said. Both "wordles" have 160 of the most mentioned words. See for yourself. Look to see what/who was mentioned and how many times.
BUT: make your own list of important words and see if they were ever mentioned significantly in either Palin's or Biden's responses.

You'll be surprised.

Click on each icon to see the entire "wordle".

Here's the Wordle about Palin's side of the debate.

Here's a Wordle about Biden's side:

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