Sarah had used the two words - "little guy" - eleven times in her speech - if you use variants, the count is higher. Again, check out Palingates for the scoop on that story as well as a full transcript.
"That’s not too much for the little guy to be asking," Palin said. "Friends, this election is about the little guy, the working man. And that is what the tea party movement is all about too."
If you compare this language to Palin's motorhome comments from a couple days before, you can see why I have a problem with her statements:
"I tell Bristol, I am texting her and say 'Bristol'...and I wasn't kidding, I thought that this was a practical thing to do...'How about if Todd and I we load up all the kids in our motorhome and drive down, park on Rodeo Drive and we come to see you.' And I honestly didn't think that it was an unusual thing to suggest, that's what you do, a road trip. (...) But anyway, that's what we did, though, we parked a little bit further away from Rodeo Drive, and we got to watch Bristol."Palin's mention was obviously intended to resonate with her audience to make her sound like a "little guy," after all, I have had family events hundreds and thousands of miles away on short notice where I had hopped into my car and drove straight through, but I found Palin's comments insulting. I would like to ask Palin a couple of questions:
- How many "little guys" own a motorhome?
- How many "little guys" can afford the fuel economy of a motorhome (7-14 mpg), especially on a 3400 mile journey?
The average household income of motorhome buyers is above $80,000 - much higher then the average income of the "little guy" - Wikipedia states that the average household income of an "average joe" is around $46,000. If a "little guy" were to take a trip like the Palin's, it would be over 3% of their annual income - higher when you take into consideration additional costs of a "vacation," which according to AAA, the average costs of a family vacation is $1,600, so the Palin road trip is really pushing the limits of "little guy" feasability.
I wasn't offended when BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg used the phrase "small people," in part because English was his second language and because I knew he was a businessman attempting to use colloquial language to do some damage control for his corporation's huge disaster, but what is Palin's excuse?
Sounds as if Palin took a road trip from reality...