The next town over from Wasilla, Palmer, has a large settlement of Minnesotans—who were moved there by a government relief program in the 1930s—and features of the Minnesotan dialect are thus prominent in the Mat-Su Valley area. Hence the Fargo-like elements in Palin's speech, in particular the sound of her "O" vowel. (Despite its name, Fargo took place mostly in Brainerd, Minn.)
Humanizing such people is not useful.
Oh God, watching that Couric interview again is just so painful. Moore certainly softens the sheer blank panic so evident in Palin's responses. It must have been the weirdest experience on Couric's side, like firing a nerfball at someone and watching it remove a limb.
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