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HISTORICAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK - "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Thursday, September 04, 2008

SARAH PALIN HITS A GRAND SLAM!

There was a great deal of activity yesterday during day three of the Republican National Convention including the roll call giving John McCain the nomination. Former GOP candidates Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani spoke and received a good response from the crowd and each, especially Rudy gave the crowd what it was looking for. A rousing speech that praised McCain and attacked Obama.

But the spotlight and the speech of the day and possibly the entire Convention belonged to Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. The anticipation before her speech reached nearly a fevered pitch as pundits, Convention delegates and the American people watching at home waited to hear from the Alaskan Governor. And Sarah Palin hit a GRAND SLAM !

The small town girl from Alaska proved last night that she not only can stand toe to toe with the big boys, but she can do it with grace, style and a political toughness and honesty that has not been seen much since the days of Ronald Reagan.

Sarah Palin is a Hockey Mom turned politician who has no problem handling tough situations and delivering in a manner that far exceeds expectations. Even when she goes after an opponent she does it in a way that disarms them in such a way that they are almost glad to have been attacked. Again much like Reagan disarmed those who were politically in the opposition.

Palin not only praised John McCain and tout his experience and qualifications for the Presidency but she answered critics about her own experience while going after Barack Obama, the media and Harry Reid.

Many seem to forget that before politics Palin was a sportscaster who knows how to talk off the cuff and from a planned speech with grace and eloquence. She will prove to be a formidable debater against Joe Biden when the two meet in October. Frankly, I almost feel sorry for Biden in having to go head to head with this tough lady. I said...almost!

In her response to the media Palin not only gave back more than she has been getting but also told the American people why she was in politics. "I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment," she said, "And I've learned quickly these past few days that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here's a news flash for all those reporters and commentators. I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion—I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country."

In responding to Obama's contention that being a small town Mayor did not amount to much Palin went after the jugular. "Since our opponents in this Presidential election seem to look down on that, ( referring to being a Mayor), experience, let me explain to them what that job involves," she said. "I guess a small-town Mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities."

She also went after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with this, "Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee. He said, quote, "I can't stand John McCain." Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we've chosen the right man."

Palin hit on the issues from oil and energy to needed reform in Washington and she did so with toughness and fortitude that expressed to the American people that when McCain/Palin arrive in Washington it will not only NOT be business as usual but DC better look out for the Juggernaut of real change that will arrive in Washington with them.

In the post speech coverage two very distinct responses by commentators stand out in this writers opinion. The first was an observation by Fox News commentator Chris Wallace. Wallace had high praise of both Palin and the speech and at one point had with him Hillary Clinton's former Communications Director who is a very hard core Democrat.

Wallace commented to him that all he could say is, "that your, (referring to the Dems), in trouble !" To this not only did Clinton's former Communications Director agree but he agreed in a manner that suggested that he was at a loss in how to deal with such a formidable candidate.

I also was switching back and forth between Fox and CNN to get a perspective on how a more liberal news network was evaluating the speech. Surprisingly, not only was there high praise at CNN but many of the same commentators, especially Campbell Brown, who had for the preceding two days been riping Sarah Palin, these same commentators were not only praising Palin but the two women in the group, which included Brown were actually defending Palin when any of the guest commentators spoke in the negative about Palin. Almost like they had found a kindred spirit.

While the race for the Presidency is between the top of the ticket and the GOP has an excellent candidate in John McCain, Sarah Palin has proven that she in not only up to the job as Vice President but that she will be a formidable VP to deal with.

She set out last night to unite the base, prove her experience and her strength as VP and let the American people know who she is and that this mom from Alaska can handle raising her children, being VP and run with the big boys in the tough arena known a politics. Sarah Palin not only covered all the bases in excellent form but she hit a Grand Slam in doing so! Look out Obama because John McCain and Sarah Palin are taking it to the streets!

Ken Taylor

16 Comments:

Blogger Rob said...

Ken, she did a good job with the delivery of the speech. I fully expected her to do that.

However, you have to look outside of the delegate hall. While the social conservatives and the delegates love her, the question is whether her message will be embraced by crossover voters.

I think that she did a good job of explaining her background and family (although it took her 10 minutes to introduce her family at the beginning which got a little long). But the problem that I had with her speech was that it lacked vision and spent so much time mocking Obama and Biden.

If she really wanted to capture crossover (Hillary) voters, then she gave the wrong speech. She needed to show herself to be someone who can work across boundaries, and not have such a hard edge. That is the appeal of John McCain to middle-of-the-road, moderate voters. Instead, it was like watching a female George W. Bush (one of the President's former speechwriters wrote her speech and it showed).

In the end, I think it was great for the base but weak for attracting undecided voters. It was a speech that will quickly fade from memory and I have my doubts that it will capture the undecideds, but we will see in coming days.

1:29 PM, September 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob,

I agree with your assessment. I could hardly watch her speech. The jabs at the Dems came off as cheap and I kept waiting for the substance about what will be new, it never came.

She played well to the right to reassure them that they will be represented in their extreme views, but I doubt if the center will embrace her.

When it was all over I though she came across as a Hockey Mom without the lip stick.

1:54 PM, September 04, 2008  
Blogger Rick said...

Yes, Sarah Palin hit a grand slam - with the conservative right wingers that will already vote for McCain. However, she did nothing to bring in Hillary voters - and I doubt that there is anything she can do to bring them on board. Further, she was smug, contemptuous, sarcastic and obnoxious and followed the apparent Republican plan of attack, smear, divide and create fear. The Democrats spoke of one country and respectful disagreements - the Republicans chide, divide and deride. They seem to enjoy polarizing the country even more - while others truly seek to bring us together. It's sad.

2:41 PM, September 04, 2008  
Anonymous Gary said...

Rick and Rob,
I have no doubts you were already firmly in Obama's camp. What some saw as humor, you saw as smugness and contempt. But what you didn't see was the direct contrast between the two headliners. You have no choice but to call her smug and contempt, otherwise you'd see the true lack of experience that your own candidate has to be president.

Beyond the liberal rhetoric, there was a mature, confident woman who knows what she beleives in and isn't afraid to say so.

Its funny to watch the liberal women in the media try to backpedal and find reasons not to suppoort another woman for vice president. 18 million Democrats said they wanted a woman for vice-president, now we really know that they didn't really want a woman - just another liberal. Looks like sexism is alive and well in the Democratic party.

2:57 PM, September 04, 2008  
Blogger Rob said...

We'll see what the polls say next week. It will give an indication of how well received Palin and McCain are.

The daily tracking poll at Rasmussen was unchanged today and the Gallup Poll showed a one point move for Obama. It is still too early, but I simply do not see how Palin moved the bar because she did not give a speech that appeals to a broader audience - it was mostly a "red meat" speech. Not a good choice in a year when the Republican brand is weak.

She did a good job delivering it, but like I said, it was the wrong speech to give in my opinion.

3:42 PM, September 04, 2008  
Blogger Gayle said...

Sorry, folks, but Palin did indeed move the bar and I'll tell you why. She has united the Republican party. I know many hard core conservatives who weren't going to vote and are now saying they will vote the McCain/Palin ticket. I doubt anyone else could have done that.

Gary is right... sexism is definitely alive and well in the Democratic party. The liberal women seem to believe that they are the only ones entitled to succeed. Conservative women should stay at home and raise their kids. What total hypocrites they are, and believe me, it is showing. People are hearing all this backstabbing, whining, and lies about Sarah and most of them don't like it. I don't mind it though. When I watch an idiot getting ready to shoot himself in the foot, I step back and leave him alone.

4:08 PM, September 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey conservatives,
Why aren't you throwing scriptures about no sex without marriage at Sarah Palin's daughter! Can you imagine if one of Obama's girls were pregnant. Oh my gosh!
Can't wait to see Palin's "grandbaby" born in the White House. White trash in the White House. How very touching.

4:14 PM, September 04, 2008  
Blogger Dan said...

Palin is shrill. What's up with her sneering at the camera as if she wanted to reach through the camera and strangle Americans who are against her agenda? I don't think I like her, she looks like a mean woman disgruntled and would be just another tyrant in office. My vote goes to those who act rationally.

5:02 PM, September 04, 2008  
Anonymous bryn said...

Would they be asking that question if she were a man? NO! Why dont they go after the dads of both parties and question if they can raise kids and work in a high profiled job?

She rocked last night. Her children are not running for office and should not be a part of this and attacked by the media. They are kids nor politicians.

Those who attack the kids should think about what if the shoe was on the other foot. Would they want their kids hounded so viciously while mom or dad try to get a job? Turn the tables on them and they will be the first to cry foul.

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5:50 PM, September 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I watched both the Democratic and Republican convention there is one thing that struck me. Looking out at the Democratic delegates I saw lots of color. There were people of all colors and ethnicities wearing normal cloths. Looking out at the crowd of the Democratic convention is about the same as looking out at a crowd at a county fair somewhere in America. At the Republican convention, by contrast, the delegates are almost all exclusively white and dressed in business attire. Now, which delegation looks like it more closely represents and resembles the people of this nation?
As for Sarah Palin, what an attack dog. Sounded like Carl Rove is working in background. I heard no substance, only attacks. A McCain/Palin ticked certainly will not unite this divided country.

7:06 PM, September 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To bryn's last comment about parenting and working. It looks like Palin may be able to handle the high profile job. But perhaps she needs to work more on the parenting. If she did maybe her teenage daughter wouldn't have gotten knocked up.

7:11 PM, September 04, 2008  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Palin is shrill.

dan's a shill, parrotting Reid's press secretary Jim Manley.

the question is whether her message will be embraced by crossover voters.

Hasn't it:

There is a positive change in how independents anticipated voting in the Presidential election after viewing Palin's speech, with a 9% increase among independents indicating that they will probably or definitely vote for the McCain/Palin ticket after watching the speech.
Palin's speech proved to be equally effective in increasing support among men and women. Among the independents who watched the speech, respondents who reported that they will "probably" or "definitely" vote for McCain increased by 10% across both genders, around 38% of female independents and 36% of their male counterparts.


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I think that she did a good job of explaining her background and family (although it took her 10 minutes to introduce her family at the beginning which got a little long). But the problem that I had with her speech was that it lacked vision and spent so much time mocking Obama and Biden.

Her speech was more about introducing herself to the American public than talking policy.

Don't tell me that Obama and Biden were unifying in their speeches? How is the "boot straps" comment by Obama anything but a spin and slam against conservative Republicans? They brought up Bush and McCain, and were just as insulting.

As I watched both the Democratic and Republican convention there is one thing that struck me. Looking out at the Democratic delegates I saw lots of color.

Anon, that's because your side is obsessed with skin color and multiculturalism. I looked out upon the DNC crowd and saw fellow patriots who share a different political vision for my country.

The Democratic Party has pulled the wool over the eyes of many minority groups by appearing to be for their best interests and by slandering the Republican Party as the party of racists, bigots, and the greedy rich.

As for Sarah Palin, what an attack dog. Sounded like Carl Rove is working in background. I heard no substance, only attacks.

C'mon...it was hardly mean-spirited. Just spirited zingers.

A McCain/Palin ticked certainly will not unite this divided country.

Uh...yeah. And Obama's message of unity? "Y'all come unify around my liberalism."

Exactly what has he done in his past to demonstrate he is capable of working across the aisle and bring people together?

But perhaps she needs to work more on the parenting. If she did maybe her teenage daughter wouldn't have gotten knocked up.

Spoken like a true-and-crude liberal with a political ax to grind. Congratulations on speaking from a position of ignorance on personal Palin family matters, for the sole reason of political partisanship judgment.

1:17 AM, September 05, 2008  
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3:16 PM, September 05, 2008  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Ken: where do you get all these crazy ass barely literate moonbats?

They can't even spell Karl Rove's name right and they think we should take their ill informed clearly idiotic opinions seriously?

And to the guy who thinks Palin is shrill: I take Palin over Hillary in full screech any day.

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