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Sleepless in Fulham: Rambling and gambling by David Young
Friday, 24 October 2008
Sarah Palin's barometer.
Topic: Politics

Stopped by Cafe Nero for tea with the Beirut Correspondent today to chew the fat about the economy and the election. He's convinced that Palin pulled a masterstroke in the VP debate by subliminally connecting Obama to the economic mess, using the word 'barometer'. Check out her opening statement where she uses it twice -

You know, I think a good barometer here, as we try to figure out has this been a good time or a bad time in America's economy, is go to a kid's soccer game on Saturday, and turn to any parent there on the sideline and ask them, "How are you feeling about the economy?" And I'll bet you, you're going to hear some fear in that parent's voice, fear regarding the few investments that some of us have in the stock market. Did we just take a major hit with those investments?

Fear about, how are we going to afford to send our kids to college? A fear, as small-business owners, perhaps, how we're going to borrow any money to increase inventory or hire more people. The barometer there, I think, is going to be resounding that our economy is hurting and the federal government has not provided the sound oversight that we need and that we deserve, and we need reform to that end.

The theory, in case you haven't guessed, is that barometer sounds a bit like 'Barack Obama'. It sounds far fetched I know, but I can't help wondering why she used that word rather than 'litmus test', 'acid test' or one of the many other phrases that mean the same thing. The Beirut Correspondent is a big believer in the theory of phonetic ambiguity and can always be counted on to talk about the benefits of a 'new direction' on a second date with a woman he fancies.

_ DY at 6:15 PM BST
Updated: Friday, 24 October 2008 6:21 PM BST
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Monday, 27 October 2008 - 6:53 PM BST

Name: "anonymous"

Simply because more people know what a barometer is but not many have had a science education.

A barometer is quite a common  household device found alongside a thermometer.

You are making a common human error, finding a pattern when none exists. Rather like seeing the face of Jesus on a naan bread.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008 - 1:39 PM BST

Name: "anonymous"

That would explain why McCain's numbers have tanked since the economic excrement hit the fan. 

I think it's going to be closer than the current polls indicate, but short of another 911, it looks like Obama has this in the bag.

Just out of interest, how would you vote? 

I honestly cannot see how any sane person could support someone with Palin on the ticket. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2008 - 2:50 PM BST

Name: "David Young"

I'll give my thoughs on the race later this week, but for now, I think this comment by Mark Steyn does go some way to explain where things went wrong for McCain. Like Steyn, I hate the fact that there are two senators as candidates, with another as VP candidate.


We're in this mess in the first place because we have an over-Senatized party, starting with the presidential candidate, whose fortunes went south not when he picked his running mate but when the subprime hit the fan and he reacted senatorially - by heading back to Washington and "reaching across the aisle". Whether the bailout bill was good or bad, it was always going to be ugly - and it was something a shrewd national candidate would have stood aside from, as Obama did, coolly detached as the Capitol pygmies scurried hither and yon.

In Westminster terms, Obama acted as if he was running for monarch while McCain was running for chief whip. Even now Mister Maverick is still boasting that he's better than Obama at "reaching across the aisle". If the livelier polls are correct, Obama won't need to be good at "reaching across the aisle" because there'll be hardly anyone over there.

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