Sarah Palin: A corrupt soufflé by Cal Thomas and It’s settled: Palin unfit for office by Richard Cohen, are two articles that explains political career of Sarah Palin as the vice president nominee under the Republican Party in 2008 Presidential election and governor of Alaska.
In the analysis, cal Thomas articulates that, although Sarah Palin had remained a vocal politician and a famous leader in America, she was ill advised to resign as the governor of Alaska, and accept her nomination as the first female vice president nominee under the Republican Party because she was immature politically. The author relates Sarah Palin move to contest for vice president position during the 2008 presidential election with soufflés, which his mother prepared; unfortunately, they collapsed when they were removed from the oven before they had cooked. In the same breath, Cal Thomas articulates that Sarah Palin political career advanced immediately John McCain appointed her for the post of the vice president under the Republican Party, but the appointment lead to her downfall in the political arena. In the article, the author wishes to ascertain that Sarah Palin was not mature politically to contest for a vice president position during the 2008 presidential election.
Although Republicans treated Sarah Palin unfairly, she did not air out her grievances, complains, and indulge in political warfare with Democrats, but instead, she preferred to stay calm and composed throughout out her presidential campaign. The author points several aspects, which reveal that Sarah Palin was not mature enough to indulge in national politics during the 2008 presidential election. First, Sarah Palin nomination remained untimely because she had given birth to her last child who suffered from Down syndrome condition.
Second, her teenage daughter was pregnant and Sarah Palin was required to support her children emotionally. Third, Sarah Palin had minimal information concerning the political affairs in the country thus labeling her ineffective during political debates. Four, Sarah Palin had poor relationship with media fraternity; an aspect, which tarnished her reputation and image in the public domain.
Despite these shortfalls, the author affirms that Sarah Palin can regain and built her political career through extensive reading about politics, hire a speech advisor, improves personal appearance and etiquette, and establishes a cordial relationship with media fraternity. Based on these assertions, the author has managed to convince the audience that Sarah Palin was immature and unfit to indulge in national politics during the 2008 presidential election, but Sarah Palin has a chance to rebuild her political career in future.
In the other article entitled, It’s settled: Sarah Palin unfit for office, the author wishes to provide “an alternative history” in case, Sarah Palin had been elected the vice president during the 2008 presidential election. In other words, the author preempts the way Sarah Palin could have behaved and ruled had she been elected the vice president of American. The author articulates that Sarah Palin remained unfit for office because she refused to be “corrupted with knowledge,” establish cordial relationship with media personality, used twitter to interact with outside world, and was appointed on a top-down basis by John McCain. In order to convince the audience, supports his argument by providing concrete evidences, which are relevant in the American history.
Unlike Cal Thomas, Richard Cohen has used numerous rhetoric questions in the article to support the argument and convince the audiences. This aspect has enabled the author argue his predispositions professionally and at the same time, substantiate the facts. Use of rhetoric questions enables audience to brainstorm and relate their predisposition with the author’s arguments and perspective.
Although the two authors approach the issue of Sarah Palin differently, they target the same audience and they have managed to ascertain their thesis statement. Both authors address their issues from a general perspective, and they focus on members of the public who have an interest in political affairs.
Although both authors have used effective language to articulate their arguments, they are different in the way they use their tone variation. For instance, Cal Thomas has refrained from using slang language to articulate his arguments. Thomas maintains a formal argument that does not incline to use of slang language. On the other hand, Richard Cohen uses slang language to argue his argument; an idea that makes his argument less formal. In the article, Richard has used words such as “ditz,” betach, and hell of a flyer, to mention, but a few. Based on this assertion, it is evident that both authors have a thesis statement, use their tone differently, target the same audience, and have convinced their audience effectively.