Astroturf copycat/Blogger Neologism Watch

The Jawa Report (via Jim Treacher’s blog) reports yet another viral video along the lines of Ethan Winner’s smear video of Sarah Palin, using “creatively edited” video clips to give the same, tired, utterly fabricated impression that Palin is an Alaskan secessionist, or at least an Alaskan Independence Party supporter (if not a member).

The controversy hovers around five words from a video statement Gov. Palin submitted upon request to the AIP for viewing at their party convention a while back.  The entirety of the quote from Palin says, “I share your party’s vision…” (The video even includes the ellipsis; at least they retain some vestige of honesty.)

A firm debunking of this rumor (can’t believe it’s still alive), and a bonus Blogger Neologism Watch entry, below the break.

For the record, here is the full text of the video statement Palin sent to the AIP for their convention.  Note the repeated references to state, state constitution, America, Americans, and most importantly, clear distinctions drawn between herself and the AIP’s party and mission (emphasis added by Treacher, “for anybody who’s too thick to get it”):

I’m Governor Sarah Palin, and I am delighted to welcome you to the 2008 Alaskan Independence Party Convention in the Golden Heart City, Fairbanks.

Your party plays an important role in our state‘s politics. I’ve always said that competition is so good, and that applies to political parties as well. I share your party’s vision of upholding the Constitution of our great state. My administration remains focused on reining in government growth so individual liberty and opportunity can expand. I know you agree with that. We have a great promise to be a self-sufficient state, made up of the hardest-working, most grateful Americans in our nation.

So as your convention gets under way, I hope that you all are inspired by remembering that all those years ago, it was in this same city that Alaska’s Constitution was born. And it was founded on hope, and trust, and liberty, and opportunity. I carry that message of opportunity forward in my administration as we continue to move our state ahead and create positive change.

So I say: Good luck on a successful and inspiring convention, keep up the good work, and God bless you.

The Jawa Report deserves much credit for staying on top of this viral video scandal, especially given how close it comes to high Obama campaign officials.

Treacher’s blog post on this subject has also brought to my attention to a Blogger Neologism of which I’d been unaware.  I was a little disappointed to find it wasn’t his, given his penchant for churning them out like a donut maker, but still a good one.

This neologism is from James Poulos at’s The Confabulum, and is defined as “a type of mental disturbance in which the person afflicted harbors deep-seated and profound concerns that the election of Sarah Palin as vice president courts or ensures various kinds of complete disaster.”

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you…Palinoia.


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