A reader writes:
I've been amusing myself with that word all day.
It really is weirdly brilliant. After hearing it, I literally could not think of what the word "skirmish" was for a while. She's like an intellectual stun-gun.
Urban Dictionary got there first.
I've looked at the clip and, as usual, can't really make heads or tails of what Palin is talking about. Could the half-term governor be advocating that the U.S. deal with Qaddafi by challenging his regime to a full seven ogre match of 43-man Squamish? I don't know if the US still has a team, but even if they don't, there are enough 50-somethings out there who must remember enough of the rules from Mad Magazine 45 years ago, so that we should be able to make short work of any team Libya is able to field.
I, for one, can only admire the daring brilliance of Palin's plan. Get Qaddafi out on the flutney and beat his brains out with our frullips, while the little madman is trying to figure out what the point of the pointless game is. He will never know what hit him (although he should recognize frullips as modified shepherds crooks, as I hear there are a lot of shepherds in Libya).
On a more substantive note, Palin, during that Fox segment, "was reckless with basic facts and casually septupled the cost of U.S. intervention."