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Given that Sarah Palin is Now in the Political Race,

I take it that the campaign — the place in which Palin is running — must be a ... palindrome.

Plus there's the McCain birthplace connection, with the Teddy Roosevelt reformer reference thrown in. A woman, a plan, a canal: Panama — Ow! (OK, not quite.)

Credit (or debit) to Bill Poser (Language Log) and commenter Sili, though their gags were slightly diferent.

UPDATE: "Palin: On I lap." True, "lap" is usually followed by the name of the competitor whom one is substantially ahead of, but palindrome authors can't be too picky. Plus, if she's lapping Biden, they must be running on a palindrome. And I'm sure you folks can do even better.

UPDATE 2: McCain hissing at Palin to pit-bull the opposition: "S-Sarah — harass!" (Ann Althouse and others beat me to this one, though in a different form. But "Palin: On I lap" is mine, all mine, Google reports.) Must ... stop ....

Arkady:
And if McCain's choice doesn't work out, and he loses the election, can we say he impalined himself?
9.4.2008 11:36am
SamV:
I'm just worried that McCain's speech will pale in (Palin) comparison.
9.4.2008 11:41am
Just a thought:
Harass Sarah.

I can't claim ownership of this palindrome. I saw it somewhere in the dozens of blog posts and hundreds of thousands of blog comments that the Palin pick has spawned.
9.4.2008 11:45am
one of many:
I'm not certain Arkady, is there too much of a sexual connotation for modern wordplay there? I'm not certain what the boundaries of modern wordplay are, so it might be perfectly valid or it might be considered sexist. If it weren't for my not knowing he boundaries of sexual innuendo I'd work up a palindrome based upon "nil apps" and "-sp Palin".
9.4.2008 11:47am
neurodoc:
Isn't it the peculiar nature of puns that oft times the worse they are, the better they are? The two immediately above impress me as pretty bad, which is to say pretty good.
9.4.2008 11:48am
Just a thought:
Ah, I cross-posted with the good professor's Update 2.
9.4.2008 11:48am
someone:
Debit. :-)
9.4.2008 11:48am
Bill Twist:
Notlob
9.4.2008 11:50am
Arkady:

I'm not certain Arkady, is there too much of a sexual connotation for modern wordplay there?


Ah, now that you mention it, but...the less charitable amongst us will say he _______ up.
9.4.2008 11:52am
Eugene Volokh (www):
One of many: I suppose that "When correctly viewed, everything is lewd," but I don't really see that here. (True, at some point the material becomes too vulgar, but "impale himself" is pretty far away from that. Plus the physiology isn't quite right to make this sexual even if you tried.)
9.4.2008 11:55am
SP&T:
I've been waiting for the Sarah Palin Tall jokes. Naturally, I've been waiting alone.
9.4.2008 11:58am
Arkady:
Judging from the response last night, any other choice he made would have fallen outside the palin.

(Stop me, someone)
9.4.2008 12:06pm
rbj:
SP&T, personally I'm waiting for the puns on the Democrat VP candidate. One could even say I've been Biden' my time.
9.4.2008 12:07pm
Jon Roland (mail) (www):
McCain is clearly not a "natural born" citizen, so if a lawsuit challenging his qualification to hold office succeeds, Palin could ascend to the presidency sooner than expected, if he wins the election.
9.4.2008 12:19pm
Evelyn Marie Blaine (mail):
"Palin: nil a p..." just begs to be the beginning of a Latin palindrome. Perhaps a twist on humani nil a me alienum puto? I'm working on it ...
9.4.2008 12:21pm
Jon Roland (mail) (www):
If McCain loses the election, I don't think it will be blamed on Palin, who is emerging as a lot more popular than he is. She would be the front-runner in 2012 if that happens.
9.4.2008 12:22pm
arthur (mail):
Anagrams, not palindromes!

Who's the real secret Muslim in the race?

SHARIA PLAN

(also A PLAIN RASH)

Who's most desperate to win?

I NEED JOB
9.4.2008 12:26pm
egrim (mail):
What? No references to Baby Gramps, or, better yet, a link to his song, Palindrome?
9.4.2008 12:26pm
Snaphappy Fishsuit Mokiligon:
You might call the hordes of journalists, democratic and republican operatives, and other interested observers who are searching Alaska for clues about the Republican VP nominee's past "palintologists."

(OK so a slight liberty is taken with pronunciation, but our current CIC says "nucular" so I don't feel too bad.)
9.4.2008 12:29pm
AntonK (mail):
A GREAT bit from Palin's speech last night:

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.

And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.

We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

9.4.2008 12:32pm
Arkady:
I promise to stop now, but check this out:

Palindrome Problem El Borpem Ord Nilap

Should appeal to Eugene.
9.4.2008 12:34pm
SMatthewStolte (mail):
I take the Palin-drome as strong evidence that Sarah is the reincarnation of Teddy Roosevelt.
9.4.2008 12:42pm
zippypinhead:
Given the high latitude, everyone is Palin Alaska.

(OK, I'll shut up and go away now)



[this pinhead's view: the off-topic "JOE BIDEN" -> "I NEED JOB" wins this thread. I may stop laughing by dinnertime]
9.4.2008 12:46pm
Norman Bates (mail):
Palin = Plan I. Contrary to leftwing rumors no subsequent Plan will be needed.
9.4.2008 12:52pm
Curious:
Shouldn't one who adheres to a libertarian/conservative philosophy promote the idea of community service rather than government service? What is being a PTA member? What is being a member of a religious group which serves the community? The hypocrisy of the republicans (or more so the bush speech writer who wrote the words she delivered) to criticize "community organizing" is astonishing - but not surprising considering the Orwellian up is down and black is white of the past 8 years - recall delegates to the RNC 4 years ago wearing purple bandaids to mock John Kerry's military service while claiming to be the party of military tradition and values.

Community organization = those who wish to support their community without help of government handouts or government imposed responsibility

Who are you people?
9.4.2008 1:04pm
Skeptical Lib:
Curious: An alternative, and more plausible definition on the facts:

"Community Organizer" = "Chicago Machine Politics Ward Healer"
9.4.2008 1:10pm
Hoosier:
Arkady:
And if McCain's choice doesn't work out, and he loses the election, can we say he impalined himself?


No. No. Please, NO!
9.4.2008 1:13pm
Hoosier:
McCain is clearly not a "natural born" citizen

"Clearly"?

We've been over this before. Since the Supremes will never, ever ever ever ever say that this is the correct interpretation, the "since" in superfluous. The statement has NO consequences.
9.4.2008 1:15pm
Eric Wilner (mail) (www):
And here I thought the Palindrome was where she kept her airplane.
9.4.2008 1:16pm
RSF677:
"Community organization = those who wish to support their community without help of government handouts or government imposed responsibility"

I don't think their is any truth to this statemet. Also, Obama's service plan is an attempt to turn every high school student in the country into a community activist like him.
9.4.2008 1:17pm
Curious:
Indeed - to put it more directly from mind of Karl Rove/Bush speechwriter:

"community organizer" = scary radical/black inner city type (unlike PTA moms in small towns) Although more of a stretch to compare to work as a small town mayor with real government "responsibilites"

You people may yet succeed in dividing and destroying this country - you will lie and mislead at any cost (not to mention torture)

And if you are going to say im throwing out the race card - save it - its there but I beleive the community organizer angle is being more framed as connoting images of scary inner city radical/communist organizing as you have echoed quite well above - furthermore Rove/Bush were not above spreading rumors of John McCain having a "black baby" in 2000 primary, not to mention that he was possibly suffering from mental instability after being POW
9.4.2008 1:21pm
zippypinhead:
Aw, nuts... Not again. Even a fun little joke thread infested by humorless Trolls.


But Trolls always Palin comparison to good phun.

(sorry again...)
9.4.2008 1:31pm
Hoosier:
You people may yet succeed in dividing and destroying this country

what's with your server's 150 year delay ?
9.4.2008 1:36pm
SMatthewStolte (mail):

You people may yet succeed in dividing and destroying this country …


Thanks for the words of encouragement. At times, I've had doubts about our strategy. I mean, is this really the best way to destroy the country? Especially lately, since we've started to waffle on that plan to destroy the environment.
9.4.2008 1:51pm
Curious:
Drill baby, drill
9.4.2008 1:56pm
theobromophile (www):
Sarah and Todd already made fun of their own name when they gave Trig the second middle name of "Van."
9.4.2008 2:29pm
SATA_Interface:
Dangit, another anarchist crept in from Kerr's RNC police thread. Get the bear mace!
9.4.2008 2:36pm
EH (mail):
Mad McCain Beyond Palindrome.
9.4.2008 2:37pm
Fub:
zippypinhead wrote at 9.4.2008 12:31pm:
Aw, nuts... Not again. Even a fun little joke thread infested by humorless Trolls.
Has Sarah won? Now harass. Ah!
9.4.2008 2:39pm
NPJacques:

Skeptical Lib: "Community Organizer" = "Chicago Machine Politics Ward Healer"


That's a charitable interpretation: I think it used to be Ward *Heeler*
9.4.2008 3:28pm
Curious:
How about this frame?

Community organizer = Jesus
Mayor = Romans

though might be backlash on the messiah thing - anyway i think it might work (oh and forgot he's a muslim right?)
9.4.2008 3:36pm
Hoosier:
Skeptical Lib: "Community Organizer" = "Chicago Machine Politics Ward Healer"


That's a charitable interpretation: I think it used to be Ward *Heeler*


Although if it was the former, then one has good evidence that Obama was ineffective.
9.4.2008 5:59pm
Richard A. (mail):
Is a "Ward Healer" the doctor who treated Beaver Cleaver's father?

Sorry.
9.4.2008 10:33pm
David Warner:
"Community organizer = Jesus"

As a community organizer, Jesus had about as much success as Obama. It ain't called "Jesusanity", after all. At the time, they both had bigger things in mind.
9.5.2008 1:20am
Hoosier:
St. Paul was the community organizer.
9.5.2008 12:19pm