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Thread: Does Sarah Palin really understand the "Sputnik Moment" ?

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    Re: Does Sarah Palin really understand the "Sputnik Moment" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Further, while I am sure she meant "race into space", she was less than clear, and again it's those types of unclear statements that hurt her.
    How could she have been any more clear really without it seeming redunant:

    "He needs to remember that what happened back then with the former communist USSR and their victory in that race to space."

    She even classified it as the race to space and not the more generic "space race". I think its pretty clear what she insinuated victory in the race to space was since she stated the USSR won it and its historic fact they got into space first.

    Dumb political move, sure. But to critique some are doing of her intelligence on the race to space comment seems a bit of a reach.

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    Re: Does Sarah Palin really understand the "Sputnik Moment" ?

    To Sarah the presidential election is just another beauty pageant and she is campaigning accordingly. For anyone that didn't know it, she IS running for president.

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    Re: Does Sarah Palin really understand the "Sputnik Moment" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    How could she have been any more clear really without it seeming redunant:

    "He needs to remember that what happened back then with the former communist USSR and their victory in that race to space."

    She even classified it as the race to space and not the more generic "space race". I think its pretty clear what she insinuated victory in the race to space was since she stated the USSR won it and its historic fact they got into space first.

    Dumb political move, sure. But to critique some are doing of her intelligence on the race to space comment seems a bit of a reach.
    The problem is in using "race" and "space" as part of a 3 word phrase. It creates the (false) impression of the "space race", which we think of as us winning by reaching the moon. If she would have said "He needs to remember that what happened back then with the former communist USSR and the cost of reaching space first" she would have bypassed any chance of misunderstanding.
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    Re: Does Sarah Palin really understand the "Sputnik Moment" ?

    I find it extremely disappointing that it takes Sarah Palin commenting on it for most people to even remember Sputnik happened, let alone understand the impact it had on not only Cold War history, but human history. It after all, was a great achievement in human history.
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    Re: Does Sarah Palin really understand the "Sputnik Moment" ?

    It was a propaganda coup at the time. The actual satellite was little more than a metal basketball with an electronic beep, (which deliberately broadcast at a frequency accessible to any radio) but it was all the more shocking for being completely unexpected. From the Soviet pov it didn't hurt that cold war America was left pondering what other USSR ironmongery might be orbiting over their heads.

    "US Rep. Clare Boothe Luce referred to Sputnik's beeps as "an intercontinental outer-space raspberry to a decade of American pretensions that the American way of life was a gilt-edged guarantee of our national superiority.""
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