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So much for the redneck beauty queen mayor of a pissant town

[Update: Final thought of the night -- how stupid must Democrats feel right now? Who decided it would be a good strategy to kick a Mama Bear?]

Sarah Palin is about half way through her speech and so far she is killing. This woman has all her teeth, she can speak in complete sentences, and she has yet to cry. Those on the left must be so disappointed. So far my favorite part of the speech though was not anything Sarah Palin said. My favorite part was watching her youngest daughter Piper lick her hand and smooth her baby brother Trig's hair. (I will link video to that later. Update: Kim has linked video of the entire speech here and John Hawkins has video excerpts which include Piper's precious grooming of Trig) The speech is substantive, and articulate, but it is also accessible and down to earth. This is not the lightweight the Democrats described to us. This is not the trailer trash they spoke of this week. Hell, she's even wearing shoes! Palin is hitting all the points that a Republican needs to win. In short, she is laying out a conservative message and that is the only way Republicans win the top job.

Update: Obama's response -- the speech was written by George Bush's speechwriter. Wow. How lame is that? Almost as lame as the reaction from a Kos diarist -- liar, student council speech delivery, etc. Republicans acknowledged the quality of both Hillary and Obama's speeches. We disagree with what they said, but we are smart enough to know they made good speeches. The angry left is in an alternate reality. They are too far gone to acknowledge what every American saw with their own two eyes tonight.

Additional Update via Dirty Harry who has a good roundup posted: Stephen Hayes says Palin worked on the speech herself:

I'm told -- and was told before the speech -- that she had a strong hand in writing and rewriting the speech, working on for several hours over the past three days. And one of the loudest applause lines in the entire speech was her joke -- which Bill Kristol previewed here two days ago -- that the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick, was line she improvised when delegates from Michigan, all wearing hockey jerseys, applauded loudly at her initial mention of being a hockey mom.
Heh. Every criticism they have for her blows back in their faces.

This woman is a superstar and the Dems know it and they are scared spitless because they know if she does not get elected VP this year, she won't be going away. They will have to face her again so they are going to do all they can to destroy her now. But now they aren't just fighting Palin, they will have to fight all those who fell in love with Sarah Palin tonight.

Update II: Mark Tapscott has reaction, Melanie Morgan has a great Palin graphic, and there are some excellent comments being posted. I really like the one from Modean who recommends Biden wear a cup for the debate.

Update III:Here is the transcript of the Palin speech.

I am watching the response from some women Demcrats on CNN (Kiki McLean, Stephanie Miller, Debbie Wasserman Schultz) and am shocked that they don't have better criticism. Stephanie Miller found it distasteful that Palin used her family as props. Hmmmm. Who were those little girls who called their daddy Barack on the phone during the Dem convention? Sorry, but American saw that. You can't pretend no one else had their families join them on stage. Miller even repeated her charge later that Palin was using her family even when both McLean and Schultz disagreed vehemently with Miller.

One complaint was that the speech was mean. McLean brought up Ann Richards as an example of good political theater, but said Palin was too nasty. There was not one clip from the Palin speech that came anywhere close to as nasty as Ann Richards' "Poor George, he can't hep it" speech.

They are beyond flailing. They had the wind knocked out of them tonight. Hilarious. Every personal criticism of Palin that Larry King asked these Dem women about (judgment as mother, etc.) got the response "No one in Obama's camp did that." They said the only person we have heard do that is on the right -- Dr. Laura. King asked what Dr. Laura had to do with anything. I think some of us on the Right could come up with quite a few names of people on the left who have made such criticisms. Or we could direct them to two angry left websites that every Democrat knows well.

The Dem congresswoman Debbie Schultz repeated the lie that Palin cut funding for a teen pregnancy center. All were shocked that the speech said NOTHING about the economy. I guess they don't believe energy, gas prices or taxes have anything to do with the economy, but we already knew that. Seriously, they are shell shocked. I almost feel sorry for them, but then I think of the past week of attacks.

One more of many great reader comments: From Christina -- "My daughter said, "She's gutting Omaba like a freshly-killed moose." And Piper? She's a character and a half, isn't she? I'd take her home with me but I'd have to fight her mama first and her mama could whup my butt without mussing her hair."

Kim adds: Remember when we all first got word that she was the one that McCain chose and all the pundits were trying to figure her out? An Alaskan pollster said the landscape up there is littered with the bodies of those who crossed Sarah Palin. I'd say by the time Sarah's done with Obama, he'll be one of them.

More reaction: Bulldog Pundit has some words for Joe Biden and talks about the trap Obama fell into, Betsy Newmark, Ann Althouse liked the Piper and Trig video too.


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Comments (85)

I can hear it now. "Not Fa... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I can hear it now. "Not Fair!" "Not Fair!"
Like the comment about not going to Washington to court the elite, and choosing a president who's not on a road to self-discovery.

Oh boy...they are gonna be ... (Below threshold)

Oh boy...they are gonna be pissed off tomorrow about this one. Which is good...since they'll go off the deep end even more.

She tore it up! Wow!... (Below threshold)
Clay:

She tore it up! Wow!

Great speech, great job.</p... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Great speech, great job.

This is a special lady.

The looney left will be up late tonight whining n complaining, just a little more than they usually do.

Wow! Go Saracuda! Fred Bar... (Below threshold)
Bob:

Wow! Go Saracuda! Fred Barnes just said, "You can't teach this. She's a natural." She was much more relaxed, sincere and presidential than HRC on her very best day. I'm more proud than I've been in a long time of being a Republican and an American.

She really tore that up! A... (Below threshold)

She really tore that up! Awesome speech. The left is running scarred now. I'm sure they'll try to hit her back hard. She can take it!

Palin shredded the dems (Ob... (Below threshold)
apb:

Palin shredded the dems (Obomber in particular) with wit and content. The media wing of the dem party will need to triple-time it to avoid catastrophe in the fall. Watch the dirty tricks fly as the media try to regain a footing for Obomber.

I love Sarah Palin...</b... (Below threshold)
lowmal:

I love Sarah Palin...

"So far my favorite part of... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"So far my favorite part of the speech though was not anything Sarah Palin said." -- Lorie

Glad you admit it.

"You Go Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!"</... (Below threshold)
Robin:

"You Go Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Glad you admit it.... (Below threshold)
Glad you admit it.

9. Posted by Herman

Oh herman, go help Barry find his jewels that were squashed tonight...you'll be happier I imagine.

Sarah's speech is in the bo... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Sarah's speech is in the books and as one commentator noted, she is a gifted speaker. Win or lose, the Obama campaign now knows they are in a much tougher fight than they ever anticipated. I expect that Sarah is particularly effective with women voters, at least those who are independent and Republican.

Can't the Paulbots just giv... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Can't the Paulbots just give it a rest. .

Hilarious that the 1st tim... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Hilarious that the 1st time on a national stage, she nails it. Maybe she can give speech lessons to Osama who stutters and stammers more than Mel Tillis.

She is the female Teddy Roo... (Below threshold)
guido:

She is the female Teddy Roosevelt.
She walks softly and carries a big hockey stick.
The loony left is about to go nuclear, but methinks their opportunity to off her has just gone by the boards because she just CONNECTED with real AMERICANS.

MSDNC will say she said nothing of consequence, as opposed to their praise for the earth shattering brilliance of BHO when he actually does say nothing of consequence.

THe leftists are running sc... (Below threshold)
retired military:

THe leftists are running scared. On drudge they have a report that said if the get into power they are going to pursue indictments against the Bush administration.

next you will have them talking about post impeachment hearings and frogmarching Cheney off to jail

They are trying to stablize some of the folks who are undecided from Hillary and hoping this crap will do it.

I thought she did great on the speech and will do well in the debate next month. Gonna be interesting when Biden tries to go hard on her and she pushes back.


Sarah did a great job. I ki... (Below threshold)
SpideyTerry:

Sarah did a great job. I kinda like Rudy's speech better because I thought his had more humorous lines, but Sarah really took the bat to Obama.

Also, I may be wrong, but I don't recall hearing a barrage of "uhs" or "ums" throughout her speech.

FOX NEWS ALERT......Joe Bid... (Below threshold)
guido:

FOX NEWS ALERT......Joe Biden has just shit himself!

It was also very touching t... (Below threshold)
Mike:

It was also very touching to see Cindy McCain holding Trig -- Todd Palin as well. I don't doubt for a minute that those kids will be in very good hands. And did you notice that Bristol's fiancee was up on stage with the family? Classy and gracious. You go girl!

Has Sarah explained to the ... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Has Sarah explained to the American People why we should accept Alaska as a new, independent country, or are we instead going to hear this explanation from her husband?

Hey Herman> Getting a littl... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Hey Herman> Getting a little desperate?

Clinging desperately to your little security blanket?

Herman the German -<p... (Below threshold)
apb:

Herman the German -

Since AK is NOT an independent country, I'll assume you're just fishing. Pretty cool how Obomber had a new ass ripped all night, eh?

Has Sarah explained to the ... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

Has Sarah explained to the American People why we should accept Alaska as a new, independent country, or are we instead going to hear this explanation from her husband?

Awwww... Look at Hermie referring to a long disproven lie...

She started a little shaky.... (Below threshold)
Larry:

She started a little shaky. As time went on, you could see her confidence increase and her ability (talent) for working the crowd hit its stride. I say the lady hit a home run.

I know what Fox is gonna say - listened for a few minutes, then surfed. Keith Olberman looks like he swallowed a prune or has a tummy ache.

Olberman is no dummy in spite of some of his more bizarre political leanings. And they all seem to admit that a star was born - that was, to his credit, a line from Chris Matthews. There was the female on the panel who was almost in hysterics trying to cut Palin down and I was surprised to see Brian Williams get VERY defensive about Palin's line on the media.

And, well, hate to say it, but Tom Brokaw looked and sounded, well, tipsy. The NBC types did their best to find something wrong. Fox and CNN seemed fairly balanced. I have no idea what the rest of the pack did.

Let me add just one more thing. Lorie knows I have some ideas about the emotions of people who have had affairs, whether of the sort that you find in marriages or those where someone gets disappointed with a politician they probably shouldn't have trusted. When I heard what Palin said about her husband, it had the absolute ring of truth. The Inquirer is supposed to be working on something about Palin and an ex business partner of her husband's. They have subsequently pulled that one off their web site but may put it back. I just didn't pick up any of those kinds of vibs between her and her husband, period.

Lorie,I'm back. Aft... (Below threshold)
Catherine Wilkinson:

Lorie,
I'm back. After a setback with our daughter (you know, the one that went to the White House?) I am on this election like a skunk on meth. Let me tell you....Sarah Palin is a superstar, and this was a defining moment in the sorry ass state of affairs in both parties. I am grateful and relieved that someone FINALLY had the time and energy to step up and tell my story...and the story of millions of other women, who work, and love, and have kids, and mistakes, and still have the integrity to want to change the miserable state of affairs in this country. I absolutely love her.

Getting a little despera... (Below threshold)

Getting a little desperate?

They've BEEN desperate for days, you can tell by the reckless posting of anything that might be harmful for Palin. It hasn't been working, though...

Soon, they're going to get frantic and REALLY blow their credibility.

Obama's response ... (Below threshold)
Larry:


Obama's response -- the speech was written by George Bush's speech writer. Wow. How lame is that?

Yea, even Keith Olberman made a face and said maybe they will come up with something else when they have a chance to think about it. Or maybe it was Brian Williams, I forget. Anyway, someone in the major media thought it was lame too.

"Obama's response -- the... (Below threshold)

"Obama's response -- the speech was written by George Bush's speech writer."

Uh... didn't Bush WIN?

Friggin' Awesome speach!!</... (Below threshold)
Greg:

Friggin' Awesome speach!!

I have been luke warm about McCain up until now but after this I'm all in.

"Obama's response -- th... (Below threshold)
marc:

"Obama's response -- the speech was written by George Bush's speech writer."

And that makes one wit of a difference? How?

And while that puzzlement twists your pseudo-brain name a single candidate that hasn't had his/her speech written by someone other than themselves.

"My favorite part was wa... (Below threshold)
John:

"My favorite part was watching her youngest daughter Piper lick her hand and smooth her baby brother Trig's hair.

Andrew Sullivan actually claimed Piper was poking Trig in the eye. Wow.

Compared to how far out Bush Derangement Syndrome caused the left to go, Palin Derangement Syndrome, after just five days, is like comparing a head cold to ebola.

The first thought I had imm... (Below threshold)
Modean:

The first thought I had immediately about the Obama camp's response was "Well duh it was written for her, just like Obama's speech was written for him. No candidate for national office writes their own speech and hasn't in probably 50 years."

You know what they say, winners don't whine. This was a grans-slam for Palin, in fact if I were Biden I'd wear a cup to the debate.

Palin rocks!... (Below threshold)
Cory:

Palin rocks!

Just too good!Obam... (Below threshold)
dooz:

Just too good!

Obama is clearly very worried. And he has every reason to be! He is so toast.

But why, because Palin can give a good speech? No, because it's clear now that Obama's great speeches are not going to be enough to cover up his total lack of qualification for this office.

It's over now.

Actually, I thought the gov... (Below threshold)
DoctorOfLove:

Actually, I thought the governor of Hawaii was pretty good too.

The Obama Campaign must be ... (Below threshold)
MarkJ:

The Obama Campaign must be collectively talking tonight like that guy in the Omaha Beach assault sequence of "Saving Private Ryan":

"We're gettin' murdered...and it ain't fair!"

If "The Palinator" keeps going on like tonight, Joe Biden had not only better wear a cup to the VP debate...he'd also better wear a mouthpiece and a helmet. Otherwise, Sarah will verbally grab him by his hair plugs and kick out his capped and bonded teeth with her high heels on live TV.

Oh, I can't wait to see that smarmy, insincere smirk of Biden's wiped off his face.....

Her little girl is a piker.... (Below threshold)
bc:

Her little girl is a piker. Cute doesn't begin to describe her. A major campaign asset IMO.

I think we'll be hearing fr... (Below threshold)
Skip Kent:

I think we'll be hearing from the Govenor of Hawaii again in 2012...when she's VP on Sarah's ticket.

A coupla level-headed dames running the US of A. What could possibly rock more?

As a conservative I've been... (Below threshold)
Lane:

As a conservative I've been less than enthusiastic about McCain -- really more strongly anti Obama than pro McCain. All that has changed. As I told a friend after hearing Sarah -- People will vote for McCain, but they'll go to war for Sarah. Wish I could write my campaign check to Palin rather than McCain, but I'll send it anyway.

My daughter said, "She's gu... (Below threshold)

My daughter said, "She's gutting Omaba like a freshly-killed moose."

And Piper? She's a character and a half, isn't she? I'd take her home with me but I'd have to fight her mama first and her mama could whup my butt without mussing her hair.

Dang she was great!!! I wi... (Below threshold)
Artbyruth:

Dang she was great!!! I wish she had said, "And Alaska is the 49th state, not the 57th state like some believe..."

GO SARAH!!!!

McCain/Palin '08!!!

I didn't bother watching Ba... (Below threshold)
Greg Casey:

I didn't bother watching Bama's coronation last week but was really looking forward to seeing Palin tonight. She delivered and then some! Bama is toast! I felt he jumped the shark long ago when he showed up with his ridiculous OPS (Obama "Presidential" Seal) but this certainly closes the deal! Can you spell "Landslide"?

Yeah #42, I can spell Lands... (Below threshold)
Tess:

Yeah #42, I can spell Landslide... Sarah Palin!

Obama's response... (Below threshold)
Obama's response -- the speech was written by George Bush's speech writer.

Exsqueeze me? Baking powder? The pres that Wolfson made is, um, uh, er, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, calling out AN ELECTED GOVERNOR, AN EXECUTIVE, as to whose words she was reading? Are you kidding me? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, PUHLEEEEEEASE tell me there will be an actual "townhall" debate (unmanipulated by the drive-bys) with this lightweight. Please let that happen, and I can leave this Earth a little less tortured.

Nevermind '08, I'm ready for "Palin 0-12". I am Sarah Palin! Damn the drive-bys, full speed ahead...

Mark -- I totally lost the ... (Below threshold)

Mark -- I totally lost the Biden plagiarism connection to that comment. They are really hurting aren't they. Everything they bring up blows back on them.

Good delivery cant hdie fac... (Below threshold)
nlcatter:

Good delivery cant hdie fact she is a lying
bookburning creationist

The debates are going to be... (Below threshold)
Curt Johnson:

The debates are going to be great! But I think they should be changed a bit: Palin should debate Obama and Biden should debate Bristol. That way, Biden can pick on somebody his own size.

LMAO, nlcatter if that's th... (Below threshold)
Modean:

LMAO, nlcatter if that's the best you Obots can do, accuse her of lying and whinning that her speech was written for her, all y'all are even bigger losers than I thought.

Face it Obot, the woman is not what you hoped she was, she's what you feared she might be, and she's gonna clean Biden's clock.

Yes the speech SARAH gave w... (Below threshold)
bigmike:

Yes the speech SARAH gave was GOOD! But this was what she can do under heavy pressure to deliver? SURE! Did none of the MEDIA/OBAMA LOONS do ANY RESEARCH on PALIN? She graduated........................with a B Scn in communications and journalism? Her first job after University was ....sportscaster? OF COURSE THEY'RE IN SHOCK, and they still have not noticed SHE'S A PROFESSIONAL! Put the media/obama loons on the ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST,that's their only hope. Hehehehehehehe.

Not bad for delivering a sp... (Below threshold)
JJ:

Not bad for delivering a speech written by a handler (Matt Scully), after receiving a day's worth of intensive coaching by handlers. Not bad at all.

I'll say what I have said e... (Below threshold)
strcpy:

I'll say what I have said elsewhere: the leftist and the general media tuned in to see a train wreck - they were wrong.

All Palin had to do was meet expectations and those were that she would be a blithering idiot after the last few days of the leftist and media hounding her. She came from a small state and *could not* with stand the assault from the high minded people in sophisticated cities. Being a blithering idiot isn't a hard thing to do, however she came out and gave a performance that would make the current media loved darling Obama happy. That is - she knocked it out of the park no matter the circumstances, she especially did so given her expectations from the media in general.

Again, in short - they were wrong.

I will still hold off final judgment until I see the first off the cuff debates. Obama is one of the best I have seen at prepared speeches but it isn't hard to find 15-30 second periods of him saying "uhh" in off the cuff responses. She crossed the first hurdle in Olympic Gold fashion (and isn't the only one), now she has the next.

However, for those that will tune in expecting another train wreck due to media pressure all I can say is look at who and what she has fought. For an outsider - especially one of her back ground - to go into one of the most entrenched and corrupt state political arena's and not only succeed, but thrive points to someone you aren't going to easily shake. Her so called "ethics charges" and all the negatives being brought up on her will only play out to her advantage as it is the corrupt old guard and their final salvo at her - I suggest that the GOP's opponents trumpet that as far and wide as they can :) I like it when you guys support and defend people who everyone but yourselves recognize as corrupt individuals. People like Biden have been chewed up and left for dead by her before and I see no real reason why this will not be the case now.

Somebody should really help... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

Somebody should really help the trolls with the names they make up - maybe Obama's speechwriter is free?

Let's be honest.McCa... (Below threshold)
The Truth:

Let's be honest.
McCain only picked her as his running mate to get the votes that Hillary lost when she didn't get the democratic nomination. This was McCain's only chance of slowing down Obama's momentum.
The real question is...
Is she qualified or has she created that much positive change in Alaska? Alaska remains one of the most dangerous states in America with very high numbers in alcholism and rape.

Secondly, she is having difficulty raising her own family,ie: her pregnant 17 year old daughter. Do we really want that type of recklessness running our country.

Was anyone else watching th... (Below threshold)
Justin:

Was anyone else watching the same speech that I was. I mean honestly the speech consisted of ten minutes of her talking about her family, another ten minutes of her laughing at her own jokes with the audienced told when to laugh along and applaud. Then she closed with the same old GOP smear campaign that they have been running. It was a carbon copy of the speech I heard five minutes earlier from Rudolph who also was more amused by his own jokes than anyone in the audience appeared to be. When she actually began to state some of her accomplishments and really tell me why she is qualified for this position and what she is going to do to exact change in Washington, she quickly turned the other direction and said that "being a mayor is like being a civic leader". Great, but WHAT HAVE YOU DONE???? I said it when McCain announced this women as his running mate and I will say it again now. This will cost him the election, she is not an "every woman" she does not relate to everyone. Let's face it the world of Alaska is far different than anything most of us know, and that disjointedness will ultimately cost the GOP the Whitehouse. THANK GOD!!!!

let's get back to reality e... (Below threshold)
middle of the road:

let's get back to reality everybody. while her speech had a lot of good talking points, a majority of them were simple political posturing with no basis in reality.

http://news.yahoo.com/story//ap/20080904/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_fact_check
i'm sure everyone will disagree with the article (it was probably written by a bleeding heart liberal)

As for the pregnant daughter thing, obama came right out and said it was off limits, knowing that his mom had him when she was 18. Yet how many conservatives privately or openly have mocked his background, his mothers age and beliefs.

McCain was a good senator with some really great reforms, but those have all gone out the window now that he is trying to appeal to his conservative base.

Considering his age and health, his VP candidate should by highly scrutinized. the simple fact is his campaign got too worried about looking like the "old white man" party in front of the media and started looking for alternatives. Initially they considered bobby g. from La., but after the dem rift of obama/hilary and all the media coverage discussing how many hilary supports were thinking about switching to McCain, his campaign decided to reach across the aisle and elect a woman. why they picked palin over any other female GOP rep or sen is beyond me, possibly because she doesn't have the d.c. voting record baggage that comes along with so many d.c. officials.

just my two cents..

Awesome VP canidate! She is... (Below threshold)
Heather:

Awesome VP canidate! She is the first politician who I ever thought could be the girl next door! And she's got gusto! You Go Girl!!

"The world wants obama"..."... (Below threshold)
Amy:

"The world wants obama"..."The world is clamoring for obama."

Thanks for explaining for all of us the number one reason why no one should vote for Obama. America is not in the habit of bowing before the rest of the world asking for permission and acceptance for our choices.

"Secondly, she is having difficulty raising her own family,ie: her pregnant 17 year old daughter. Do we really want that type of recklessness running our country?"

Did we really need Bill Clinton enjoying fellatio in the oval office? What kind of recklessness is that? You didn't think Bill Clinton's actions were a big deal, but now you're wanting to crucify Palin for her daughter's action? You can't be serious?!?!?!?!

Who let the trolls out?... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Who let the trolls out?

Couldn't have said it bette... (Below threshold)

Couldn't have said it better myself, Amy.

Bow to the Obamessiah. Drink the KoolAid and follow the talking points.

What a mess. Just another ... (Below threshold)

What a mess. Just another Republican hypocrite exploiting God and patriotism to win votes. No vision, no substance, just attacks. Republicans should ask themselves, who are we?

Hot air and lots of it. No ... (Below threshold)
Palin = inflated political doll:

Hot air and lots of it. No substance. The female Warren Harding. In addition she is a war mongering creationist who generally distrusts scientific advice on questions such as the environment and energy policies. Really 21st century. But hey who cares she looks f-ckable, and isn't that enough to make a good politician?

And to those who say no top politicians write their own speeches, Bill Clinton did for one, but then again, unlike Palin, he had a three digit IQ.

I have always been impresse... (Below threshold)
Cally Underwood:

I have always been impressed by John McCain, and now I have to be even more impressed by his choice of a running mate. Sarah Palin's speech was awesome and I feel it did reflect in a great way who she is and what her priorities are. I believe John McCain's choice was a choice of 'heart' and not some political stunt. GO JOHN McCAIN/SARAH PALIN!!!

Stephanie Miller was on sta... (Below threshold)
Romero:

Stephanie Miller was on stage when her dad accepted the nomination for VP under Goldwater. I remember, I was there.

Sarah Palin exudes unbeliev... (Below threshold)
Palin for Prez:

Sarah Palin exudes unbelievable self confidence for her first national event ever. Absolutely amazing poise and delivery. But mostly, it's that she is obviously a doer, not just that she is a gifted orator (as is also Obama). Talk only goes so far in life, but actions always speak louder than words. I wasn't even on the fence in this election as I had thrown up my hands at both parties, but Sarah is such a vitalizing breath of fresh air that she has already won my vote. Although I'm a 40 year registered Dem, I've had it up to my eyeballs with the unrelenting mostly unfair liberal media attacks against Sarah, whether by newspapers, TV commentators, blog whackos, whatever; being a Dem is over for me. Now I must decide whether to become an Independent or a Rep and whether to watch FOX News now as my favored place for information.

I'll be one of many who will look forward to Sarah Palin's continued rise in political power, crossing my fingers, she eventually ascends all the way to the Presidency. I like Sarah Palin's style so much that I'd follow her to the Gates of Heaven. And, I suppose McCain will be busy following Bin Laden to those other gates. God's speed to both their missions. I may even consider becoming an active Christian again.

This will be my only post on the subject, as this is all I have to say on this subject.

Nah...I disagree. I definit... (Below threshold)
cabanners:

Nah...I disagree. I definitely still saw a redneck former beauty queen posing as a political candidate. She presented herself as having no class and zero integrity. Neither her values, her goals, her family, nor her focus appealed to me as an upper middle-class minority American woman. The moment she opened her mouth, she alienated most Americans with her smug and sarcastic demeanor. I'm happy to live in a country where our people are smart enough to laugh at the GOP venom spued from Palin's mouth (well, most of us are). And no, us "Dems" are not afraid at all of a little Palin fury. In fact, we can't wait to see you in November.

"And to those who say no to... (Below threshold)

"And to those who say no top politicians write their own speeches, Bill Clinton did for one, but then again, unlike Palin, he had a three digit IQ."

Heh. Some smart guy -- getting caught with his pants down in the Oval Office. Apparently not smart enough not to get caught.

All this hate directed at Sarah Palin is proof that she has Dems absolutely shocked and paralyzed -- scared to death. America is going to love her and those on the left can't figure out why because they don't have a clue about small town Americans who cling to their guns and religion.

For all you Dem that are cr... (Below threshold)
GACV-M:

For all you Dem that are criticizing Sarah's speech last night. These criticisim are nothing but scared out of your wits verbal attacks. This is the first time in many years that a "Real down to earth" person could make it to the white house. Our corrupt government has been a joke for a long time and Sarah can change all that. Don't critize her for something her daughter did. Those of you that are must not have children of your own. By age 17 they are old enough to make their own mistakes. NO reflection on her parents at all. Come on, be realistic.

I agree with the comment I was more ANTI BHO than PRO McCain. That has totally changed. I am totally voting for McCain. Go Sarah!

"All [leftists] were sho... (Below threshold)

"All [leftists] were shocked that the speech said NOTHING about the economy."

To them, unless you are promising to spend $$$ to help someone it isn't about the economy.

one question....maybe sever... (Below threshold)
wm benson:

one question....maybe several, but why are the republicans so belligerent, and what's so attractive about a woman who's never traveled anywhere outside her own backyard and who has no inclination to do so. ...just another closed-minded racist bigot, and another reason why america is well on its way to becoming a failed state.

"Friggin' Awesome speach... (Below threshold)
Kelly:

"Friggin' Awesome speach!!

I have been luke warm about McCain up until now but after this I'm all in."


I have to agree with this comment. Sarah's speech put me over the edge. I'm all in now!

I agree with Biden: excelle... (Below threshold)
julia:

I agree with Biden: excellent speech. I also agree with Obama: the media should stay away from Palin's family - they have nothing to do with her qualifications as a VP.

But then there is Palin. hmm. I can't help but disagree with every single point she made in her speech. She pretty much said that she is like you, Obama is not, Obama is unqualified, Obama is silly, Obama is metropolitan, Obama doesn't understand you like she does, we're all going to be attacked by terrorists, she cares, Obama doesn't, we need oil, Obama hates American oil, she doesn't, Obama is stupid, she's smart, McCain's a war hero, Obama hates America, he wants to tax the pants off of you, she wants to give you money, and finally, if you vote for Obama America is doomed, we're all going to die, and our children will be Muslims. But it was a really good speech, though. I enjoyed it.

That's interesting. Your w... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

That's interesting. Your words only express how you heard the speech, but not at all what she said. And for those who missed the update, the teleprompter broke so she completed it by memory. Yes, I would say that's impressive. She wasn't just using words, she understood what she was saying.

oh...no teleprompter! that ... (Below threshold)
julia:

oh...no teleprompter! that explains why she had to resort to belittling character attacks and scare tactics. doesn't say much for her vocabulary, though. but i would welcome her to any dinner party of mine. very entertaining.

Not bad for delive... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
Not bad for delivering a speech written by a handler (Matt Scully), after receiving a day's worth of intensive coaching by handlers. Not bad at all.

All politicians running for office have speech writers and coaches. If the candidates are smart enough and have a clear idea of what they want to accomplish in office, they will do very well in getting their point across. Sarah did all that and more. I don't know if her broken teleprompter was sabotage or not, but regardless, she came through with flying colors.

oh...no teleprompt... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
oh...no teleprompter! that explains why she had to resort to belittling character attacks and scare tactics.

Julia, why welcome her to a dinner party? She shouldn't waste her time in an hypocritical household, where the person talk sh*t about her behind her back. You're right, though, she would be the only real entertainment at your sour grapes party.

Good take, Lorie, as always... (Below threshold)
Gary Gulrud:

Good take, Lorie, as always.

I also feel a bit for the donks, following this performance.

If they manage a victory, by hook or by crook, it will be by one, like Jimmie, who has no capital with a fractious Congress and no mandate.

There is no unifying vision for a party adrift, no up-and-coming talent and the public is clearly casting about for both.

Then this bolt out of the blue.


Wow she sounds great.... Bu... (Below threshold)
Triva:

Wow she sounds great.... But when you consider that she is one heart beat away from the presidency, I don't think a former beauty Queen, (which she failed to mention when she was bragging about being a soccer mom) who has been trained to perform for an audience played her part VERY well, but this does not make her a good candidate!. McCain had my vote until Palin spoke. I really don't want Barbie in the White House.
She did very well to play down the Beauty Queen image, with the Bland make-up and glasses, and she really tried to ignore that she has a daughter that is having a child out of wedlock. Even if she marries before the child is born, she is still a very BAD example for our younger generation. And if she does get into the White House, you can bet that Roe verse Wade will be OUT.

I don't subscribe to the Re... (Below threshold)
Aaron Braxton:

I don't subscribe to the Republican ideology and I'm certainly offended that they would use slavery as part of their campaigne philosophy, but I must say for the most part I enjoyed Sarah Palin's speech. I found it a bit much to use her special needs son as a platform to garnish votes and I think it's a bit self of her to aspire to hold office when her son will need so much from her. However, that being said I couldn't help but like her. I just don't care for her platform. She'll give Hillary a go for her money in 8 years when Obama's out of office.

You are right again, LaMedu... (Below threshold)
julia:

You are right again, LaMedusa. I rescind my invitation. I'd rather laugh with a guest over a good meal than laugh at Palin. And intellectual conversation is always more welcome than catty gossip. And to expand on your idea of a hypocritical household, I would never visit hers. But we both digress. How republican of us.

I just hope she never has t... (Below threshold)
Lindsay morris:

I just hope she never has to answer the Red Phone.

"I just hope she never has ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"I just hope she never has to answer the Red Phone." It'll never happen, the ruskies don't want to piss off someone that will take them out.

Back on topic ... That was a great political slap down of Obama and the MSM as well as a base energizing speech.

Maverick & Cougar
Vote Top Gun '08

The facts:1. Does ... (Below threshold)
jegus:

The facts:

1. Does not even know what a VP does and she is picked as a running mate as a VP - Like asking Bill Gates what's Microsoft before it was invented - NO CLUE!!

2. Under investigation for overuse of power to seek revenge for her sister - that's a good quality to have - NOT!!

3. The speech is like a song - great delivery but no substance - it just pleasant to listen too but really no message but the same hateful things that the Republicans have been doing for the past 8 years

4. Against sex education and yet did not speak to her daughter about the dangers of teen age pregnancy - IRONIC is the term you guys are looking for

5. Nice to pick her because some democrats are too pissed to vote for the right candidate and hopefully those democrats that would have voted for Hillary will vote for McCain because of his running mate.

6. Her speech about Obama not achieving anything in terms of change - she or the person who wrote her speech - does not like to do research before they start slinging mud
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notiz=Neither do you.

1. Does not even know what ... (Below threshold)

1. Does not even know what a VP does and she is picked as a running mate as a VP - Like asking Bill Gates what's Microsoft before it was invented - NO CLUE!!

What a dumb analogy. Who knows what a VP does? No one does except for the president. They do whatever the president wants them to do. Duh. Cheney didn't do what Gore did. It is a position that can be as much, or as little as the president deems and unless you know what the president wants of his/her VP then you can't know what the VP does.

2. Under investigation for overuse of power to seek revenge for her sister - that's a good quality to have - NOT!!

Read up on this one and let me know if you really want to fault her for firing someone she had every right to fire, for refusing to fire a psycho with a gun and a badge. If that is even what she did. There were other problems with Monegan that were cited for his firing. Are you really so sure of all the facts of this one?

3. The speech is like a song - great delivery but no substance - it just pleasant to listen too but really no message but the same hateful things that the Republicans have been doing for the past 8 years.

The Americans listening to the speech who were not already members of the angry left did not find it hateful. Why do strong women scare you so? As for substance, two words -- hope and change.

4. Against sex education and yet did not speak to her daughter about the dangers of teen age pregnancy - IRONIC is the term you guys are looking for.

How do you know what she told her daughter. Do you really think that every teen who gets pregnant got that way because they had never heard of a condom? Do you really think that all teens do exactly what their parents tell them?

5. Nice to pick her because some democrats are too pissed to vote for the right candidate and hopefully those democrats that would have voted for Hillary will vote for McCain because of his running mate.

What?

6. Her speech about Obama not achieving anything in terms of change - she or the person who wrote her speech - does not like to do research before they start slinging mud
She was probably basing her answer on what Obama claimed to be his experience. His campaign has been asked all week what his experience was and we got state congressman, US senator, community organizer and head of big huge presidential campaign as an answer.

Sorry I have not commented more today. The comments were overwhelming in volume, as have been my emails, so I have not even read most of them -- just scanned a few and decided to answer this one since it was so easy. I'll try to catch up tonight.

Julia-How... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Julia-

How republican of us.

I'm a libertarian, and you have no clue about what a republican really stands for. I am sure that you have a lot of experience with catty gossip, however, since you were the one that brought it up.

Your boring, snide remarks only mask your attempt at representing the progressive liberals that have real potential to help make this world a better place. Unfortunately, this blog is primarily infested with wannabes and rejects like you that they would be embarrassed to be acquainted with.

Wow. You are so right. ... (Below threshold)
julia:

Wow. You are so right.

Oh, wait. You're talking about ME? Me personally? Like, attacking my character in order to discredit my statements because you have no actual response?

I thought you were referring to Palin's speech: "you have no clue what a republican really stands for... a lot of experience with catty gossip... boring, snide remarks..."

Nice shots, though. She really knows what her audience wants. And I'm an independent, by the way.

Keep getting your tounge tied with that 'liberal' word! It's a funny word! It means everything and nothing at the exact same time, and you can use it anywhere.




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