Two articles about incoherence from this morning’s New York Times. The piece regarding Sarah Palin suggests she’s on the thin end of her credibility, even among people who like her:

One reading of the Catholic Church’s actions in the following case is that it is being utterly coherent. But there’s a cartoon flatness to it, the kind of coherence that falls apart as soon as life intrudes.

As I get older, the contradictions seem more up front. When it comes to struggling with them, we’re out of gas. We’re angry when someone points out we’re talking out of our you know what. Example, from the Palin piece:

Vaughn Ward, the Republican congressional candidate from Idaho, has the dubious character trifecta of the Palin brand: bone-headed, defiant and willfully ignorant. When told that Puerto Rico was not a country, he said, “I don’t care what you call it.”

I can’t quite refrain from adding ‘you betcha.’


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