Sarah Palin at the Cambridge Union? Yes, Please.

Looks like Sarah Palin is going to be speaking to the Cambridge Union, a debating society that is 200 years old (the oldest in the world, in fact). She won’t be debating anyone, but apparently will be giving a talk there. That should be fun and funny.

Palin, whose free-wheeling speaking style always attracts attention, is part of a slate of speakers including English actor, writer, and activist Stephen Fry, and Ukrainian feminist activist Innan Shevchenko taking part in the spring series.

The Cambridge Union Society, founded in 1815, is the oldest continuously operating debating society in the world and has featured speakers over the years from President Theodore Roosevelt to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the Dalai Lama to physicist Stephen Hawking.

In 2013, the Union hosted atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in a contentious debate with former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on the motion: ‘This House Believes Religion has no place in the 21st Century.”

Palin is not expected to debate, but will instead give what is expected to be a memorable speech to the Union members.

Do I want to see the Q&A on this? You betcha.

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  • barry21

    Good lord.

  • rogerstanyard

    She’ll probab;y turn up at Cambridge, Massachusetts (near Estonia).

  • http://www.electricminstrel.com Brett McCoy

    Oh, I am sure it will be memorable, just not in the way she thinks it will be. I hope Stephen Fry gets to go after her, too.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    I’m sure that Ms. Palin is fond of the bible story about Daniel and the lions, or Shadrach, Meshack and Abednago. Perhaps she thinks that her god will protect her. I do hope that Stephen Fry speaks after Ms. Palin — the jokes, as they say, will write themselves.

  • eric

    She won’t be debating anyone

    I’m guessing that was her condition. Or maybe her PR staff’s decision. Although it’s probably true that the society would’ve had a difficult time finding another debator of her, um, caliber.

  • John Pieret

    I know she doesn’t have a clue what the Cambridge Union is, much less what it is like, but couldn’t any of her handlers look it up and figure out the likely outcome?

  • bbgunn

    I’ll wager she backs out or quits and walks out half way through the debate.

  • petemoulton

    Eric: “Although it’s probably true that the society would’ve had a difficult time finding another debator of her, um, caliber.”

    There’s always Louie Gohmert.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Unions are making this great country, America, weak and not able to compete against the world stage, doncha know.” ~ Sarah Palin at Cambridge Union

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Any chance she is confusing Cambridge Union with Union Carbide? I look forward to her talk about Bhopal and its job-killing regulations.

  • Loqi

    If she’s on top of her game, Q&A will be pointless because she’ll be below the Palin Threshold – the minimum amount of coherence required to even formulate a question about the thesis.

  • caseloweraz

    Pete Moulton: There’s always Louie Gohmert.

    Yes, the man just named Legislator of the Year by Texas judges.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Brett McCoy #3: I hope Stephen Fry gets to go after her, too.

    ArtK #4: I do hope that Stephen Fry speaks after Ms. Palin — the jokes, as they say, will write themselves.

    Don’t set your hopes too high.

    … is part of a slate of speakers including English actor, writer, and activist Stephen Fry, and Ukrainian feminist activist Innan Shevchenko taking part in the spring series.

    As I read it, Palin and Fry are speaking separately, probably on different dates dispersed throughout the Spring term.

  • caseloweraz

    According to the Cambridge News, the scheduling is:

    Stephen Fry on 29 January (in a debate)

    Innan Shevchenko on 26 February

    Sarah Palin on 2 March

    Jon Snow on 13 March

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    @ John Pieret “…she doesn’t have a clue what the Cambridge Union is…” But she does know that you can see Wales from there.

  • wreck

    I’m guessing Pauly Shore was unavailable.

  • wreck

    Will she talk while standing on her dog?

  • neonsequitur

    Is anyone starting a pool on this?

    I’ll put down $$ on “Laughed out of the room in 15 minutes.”

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    I am reminded of the comment by John Cleese about his Monty Python compatriot: “Michael is no longer the funniest Palin.”

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    @Reginald Selkirk & caseloweraz

    Darn!

  • anachronistes

    “Jon Snow on 13 March”

    The Nightwatch is giving him leave to speak?

  • Larry

    I’m concerned that all the intelligence that would otherwise be in the hall that night, will instead be sucked into her Vortex of Teh Stupid. But then again, they’re British. They have a way of shutting that thing down.

  • http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/ Quodlibet

    Palin, whose free-wheeling speaking style always attracts attention…

    …like rubberneckers at a traffic accident.

  • Synfandel

    She won’t be debating anyone…

    Pity. I had hoped to hear her refudiate an opponent’s arguments.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    @ anachronistes (#21)

    I believe he will speaking at a Cambridge Union satellite campus. Technically, Camwall Union, I believe it is called.

  • marcus

    theschwa @ 10 Any chance that we’re confusing Michael Palin with Dumbass Palin?

    That, at least, would make sense.

  • cottonnero

    A debater of her caliber? Maybe HIGNFY can still get a hold of the Rt Hon Tub of Lard MP.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    I’ll put down $$ on “Laughed out of the room in 15 minutes.”

    I don’t know about that, but there is almost no amount of money I wouldn’t bet that she takes to Facebook to whine about the way they persecuted her the day after it’s over. And it still counts if Bristol acts as her proxy whiner.

  • felidae

    I’ll bet the sound of palms hitting faces will be deafening and the exits will be jammed by people fleeing Palin’s felonious assault on the English language