Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Palin Bores in Hong Kong

Sarah Palin needs to pay her bills, so she flew all the way to Hong Kong to speak to investors. Let's just hope that during her international jaunt she learned that there is a bigger world out there.
In her speech — closed to reporters — Palin argued that many average Americans are uncomfortable with health care reforms that infringe on private enterprise, Chris Palmer, an American fund manager for Gartmore Investment Ltd., told reporters.

Discussing Sino-U.S. relations, Palin said she believes the United States has a role in helping China find its future and that the United States will always be on the side of promoting freedom, according to Palmer.

In an apparent reference to renewed tensions between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese that have led to violent riots, the former Alaska governor mentioned China's ethnic problems, arguing they are "a sign that China lacks mechanisms to deal with regional issues," Palmer said. msnbc
Apparently, the audience was bored out of their skulls hearing about "real America." Clearly, the person who wrote this story is not a fan of Palin's:
It was standing room only as 1,100-odd financial sector types attending the CLSA annual investment forum packed the Ballroom of Hong Kong's Grand Hyatt Hotel to hear the investment wisdom of Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate in the 2008 US national election who energized the Republican base only to lose the confidence of a majority of the electorate before the campaign was over.
CLSA, the Hong Kong-based investment bank, has had a habit of making its annual conferences controversial, inviting speakers who have gone on to the national and international stage. Some of the audience were there as though it were a freak show, expecting the gaffe-prone former Alaska governor to display her ignorance of the world beyond her own isolated state. Others were expecting some verbal fireworks, some very straight speaking to explain why the event was not only closed to the media but delegates were warned not to record her speech. Her handlers carefully didn’t expose her to the press in an open press conference although she did take a few questions from investors.

What they got was 90 minutes of boredom which had half the audience fiddling endlessly with their Blackberries. Ninety percent of her speech could have been – and probably was – written for a domestic US audience receptive to her "mom and pop" populism. Indeed the only newsworthy aspect of the speech was why her remarks had to be kept private despite their predictability.

Claiming to speak for Main Street USA, and the "little guys" ignored by Washington and Wall Street, Palin launched into what she claimed to be "common-sense conservatism". She delivered long but not very eloquent diatribes against politicians in general as well as government interference in the economy, the health care plans of US President Barak Obama and the very notion of income redistribution. Asia Sentinel
She bored them with her perceived heroic governorship of AlaaaaSKA:
She clearly felt that her audience of fund managers and investment bankers needed to learn from her numerous achievements as (until she resigned) governor of Alaska. And an international audience needed reminding of the dangers of Islamic terrorism. Lee Kuan Yew was quoted on the importance of winning in Afghanistan and the need to send as many troops there as the military asked for.

All in all this was standard conservative Republican stuff but it bored than surprised a naturally conservative audience waiting for something that might be quote worthy if not memorable.
What Palin doesn't understand is that she's not disliked for being from Alaska or for being a "little guy." She's disliked for being boastful, preachy and ignorant. Palin is the morning entertainment: