How was your weekend? Did you read all 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin's emails like you thought you would? Me neither. I went to a barbecue festival instead and sweat like a pig in lipstick. But fear not! Our homework was done for us by the kind folks at AOL. They had writing and reading comprehension experts John Katzman and JJ Payack review 60 randomly selected emails written by Palin, and the result may surprise you. She's corresponding at an eighth grade level.
But wait! There's more. It turns out that an eighth grade level isn't as bad as it sounds. In fact, it's good. Really good. What the what?
Some of you may have been hoping that Palin would be revealed as some illiterate cavewoman -- "Me hungry!" or "Me want talk McCain!" or "Me likey hunty!" -- but during her two years as Governor of Alaska, Palin wrote in a clear, concise, and concerned matter that made her an effective communicator.
Who knew that our nation's eighth graders would make such great CEOs? When I first read that Palin was writing at an eighth grade level, I thought it was an insult. But nope -- the widely used Flesch-Kincaid readability tests generally score top earning executives, politicians, and the ilk at an eighth grade level. For scale, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address ranked at a ninth grade level.
Payack, one of the reading analysts, told AOL:
She's very concise. She gives clear orders. Her sentences and punctuations are logical. She has much more of a disciplined mind than she's given credit for.
I don't want to say I predicted this, but I predicted this. Good for Palin. The emails, so far, have only exposed her to be a critical thinking Governor who can write well, and often. Many of her emails were sent from her BlackBerry, and even those were given a high score. Not as many "LOL"s and emoticons as might have been anticipated.
I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop, but I suppose by now most of her dirty email-laundry has been aired. And what-do-you-know, it's not that dirty. Weiner should pay attention.
What do you think of Palin's emails?
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