Forget politics. Anyone who's interested in clarity should study this post on by author Kitty Burns Florey: "Diagramming Sarah: Can Palin's sentences stand up to a grammarian?"

In her post, the novelist and copy editor says:

"There are plenty of people out there -- not only English teachers but also amateur language buffs like me -- who believe that diagramming a sentence provides insight into the mind of its perpetrator,"

OK, it's political, since she's taking on Sarah Palin's tortured sentences from interviews blamed for a drop in her approval ratings. But a return to the lost grammar school torment of diagramming sentences -- illustrated by sentence maps that look like an incomprehensible equation -- is an enlightening journey.