The village voice

In the US to experience the crucial presidential elections, Jonn Elledge eavesdrops a conversation i

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'So Sarah's now saying she wants to fund scientific research that'll benefit kids. But-'

'Who's Sarah?'

'Sarah Palin.'

'What, you're calling her Sarah now?'

'Listen. She said she wants to fund research on autism, and stuff like that. But she says she doesn't want to fund research on fruit flies like they do in France ... I mean, what's that about? Oh we're gonna fund research but not fruit fly research?'

'Well... I guess she's just not very smart...'

Jonn Elledge is a freelance journalist, formerly assistant editor of the New Statesman and editor of its sister site, CityMetric. You can find him on Twitter or Facebook.