The liberal blogosphere was pretty much unanimous in its derision for Sarah Palin’s op-ed on cap-and-trade in yesterday’s edition of The Washington Post. But on one important question–whether Palin actually wrote the op-ed herself–there was disagreement.
From Ezra Klein, writing on the Post’s Web site:
It’s probably a bit kind to say that Sarah Palin “wrote” this. There are no words in all capital letters. There are no sports metaphors. There is nothing at all like “*((Gotta put First Things First))*.” The stylistic and grammatical tics on display in last week’s speech are totally absent. Sarah Palin signed her name to this. Or at least let someone else do so.
But at The Plank, Jon Chait comes to the opposite conclusion:
The op-ed was clearly written by Palin herself. It has that 9th grade, five paragraph essay style along with random bits of right-wing jargon sprinkled throughout in appropriate contexts. It is best read if you imagine that some of the lines were written to be delivered with winks.
Guess they’re not getting all their talking points hashed out on Journolist, after all.Greg Marx is an associate editor at CJR. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.