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Jan 21, 2016

Hey mama, welcome to the ’60s: Palin’s freestyle jazz endorsement

Sarah Palin has endorsed Donald Trump, and it was a glorious thing to behold.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Bonnie and Clyde remake — no, that doesn’t get it. They were, um, zombie Sonny and Cher. No, too glib. Liza Minnelli and that one dude she met in rehab and married? Gah, gaak. Noooooooo. How to describe this latest, but surely not the last, of many many extraordinary moments — former VP candidate Sarah Palin, on stage at Ames, Iowa, endorsing Donald Trump for the presidency? Three weeks out from the Iowa caucus, the first primary contest in the 2016 presidential race, they were on stage together for half an hour. Trump, looking like a mafioso c.1956, introducing her the way Republicans always introduce her — “she’s a wonderful woman, got a wonderful husband” — and then Palin wandered out in a top that appeared to be made of shredded metal, like the chandelier had fallen on her just before she came in. They looked like self-caricatures, like they had dressed up as the people they actually were for a Halloween party.

When Trump eventually spoke later, he didn’t sound anything like sinister and self-parodic. When Palin started, she sounded more so.

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15 thoughts on “Hey mama, welcome to the ’60s: Palin’s freestyle jazz endorsement

  1. peter russell

    Had a big laugh at the chandelier! Very well written.

  2. klewso

    Nailin’ Palin? Pumpkin and Honey Bunny in the opening scene from Pulp Fiction?

  3. Damien M

    “Palin is two Xanaxes away from robbing an armoured car to pay for a revival of the Symbionese Liberation Army.”

    Glorious. Thanks Mr Rundle.

  4. klewso

    That pelt – looks like Rudolph crashed through a whole lot of Xmas lights, trying to get away, before she caught up and shot him?

  5. zut alors

    ‘…two Xanaxes away from an armoured car…’ etc is classic Rundle.

    Palin also mentioned Trump, as president, would ‘make America great again.’ This can only be interpreted to mean that, currently, America is not great. Who knew?! Surely by suggesting this Palin is unAmerican.

  6. Saugoof

    “Where, in the private sector, you actually have to balance budgets…”
    Didn’t Trump go through something like three bankruptcies?

  7. Jaybuoy

    Donald is going to kill the Elephant..or what’s left of it after dubya..

  8. AR

    Dunno ’bout be-bod but when Palin opens her mouth it’s more like scat and vamp until ready.
    I can barely dare to dream of a Trump/Palin ticket, oh still my beating heart. It would end of the Repugs as a party, already thoroughly hollowed out by the Teabaggers that the Establishment thought could be used & ignored until it weas found they couldn’t be controlled once the bit was between their teeth.
    This is going to be a very interesting year, what with global jihadism, economic collapse and, as the icing (or should that be flambeau?) on the shit sandwich, ecological catastrophe.
    Nice not to be young anymore.

  9. mikeb

    Thanks Guy. Relating Palin’s rambling to bebop was brilliant. I watched it earlier & couldn’t make head-nor-tail of it. It now makes sense! (Well sort of).

    A question though – “proud clingers of our guns, our God and our religions”. What are the religions she is referring to – Christianity and ??

  10. rhwombat

    Tout Fisting in Amerikkka FTW!

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