09 December 2009

Going Rogue II

The phrase "going rogue" was apparently used by McCain people who were in charge of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin when she didn't follow directions, or went "off message." The Urban Dictionary says the phrase means "To cease to follow orders; to act on one's own, usually against expectation or instruction. To pursue one's own interests." Other dictionaries mention the term "rogue" having something to do with an elephant—seems appropriate for a Republican—separating itself from the herd and acting independently.

Following a long tradition where some person or group, having been called something in a derogatory way, Governor Palin then adopted that term and brandished it on the cover of her book. Apparently it had the expected effect of irritating her political opponents to the point that some of the more shit-headed of them came out with a crude knock-off sub-titled "Going Rouge."

Of course, when Palin's book is mentioned by her sworn enemies they usually say that obviously she couldn't have written it, but forget to compare it with the way she talks and to contrast it with the political memoirs of the other three jokers that ran on the national ticket with her. Had they done that they might have seen that there was a fairly close correlation between what she says and what she writes, and that there was often a surprising dis-connect betweeen the voice and the page in the memoirs of the other three.

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