With Sarah Palin, though, I'm not even sure that it would be possible for a sympathetic transcription to be made without abandoning the record of her speech altogether. Consider this excerpt from her moose-in-the-headlights interview with CBS News's Katie Couric:
COURIC: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?I have edited some very messy prose over the years. But despite my experience, I lack what it takes to turn Palin's response here into anything that resembles grammatically and syntactically acceptable English.
PALIN: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.
I'm not going to jump on the bandwagon and say that Palin is mentally incapable of taking a national leadership role. She speaks clearly enough about the subjects she knows, though from an ideological perspective that I disagree with entirely. However, despite the best efforts of the McCain campaign to educate her in the art of responding to interviews, she clearly has not learned to reconcile the talking points which they are insisting she repeat over and over and her own command of the English language. And that does not bode well for her, should she find herself suddenly in charge of the United States. Needless to say, I'm hoping that she goes back to Alaska where she is not out of her element.