September 4, 2008



I've been watching replays on Fox and CNN and MSNBCCCP of her speech.

She's excited a lot of people, the Republicans who were halfway jazzed for McCain are now at 11 on the jazzed scale.

I thought she delivered her lines well, but occassionally stepped on the applause or didn't wait for it at all. For Democrats waiting to pounce on every mis-step and flub, there were few if any at all.

She carried herself extremely well on stage, and indeed in the national spotlight, gaining comfort in her role as the "the next hope of the GOP."

As with Rudy's speech before her, Palin's speech was peppered with jabs (serious though delivered with levity) directed toward the Obama / Biden pair.

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities

when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan?

... and then there were the more serious jabs.
I might add that in small towns, we donít quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people arenít listening. We tend to prefer candidates who donít talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

But here's a little 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. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

The booing and finger pointing at assembled media was a sight to behold.

The strategy here (and not one I can recall) is to belittle Obama and Biden with humor. Funny to everyone but liberals... funny because, like all comedy, you know it's right.

While we are in serious times, and electing leaders is a serious business, the Democrat team is not serious, but instead drunk on polling and well crafted words from a gifted orator.

The GOP and McCain (to his credit) have found ourselves our next superstar.

... but on Thursday, how in the hell is McCain going to top this?

RNC2008 Posted by AlexC at September 4, 2008 1:11 AM

Maybe the Obama-Biden ticket isn't the only one who wishes it could reverse positions of its nominees.

After tonight McCain could probably just say, "Vote for us so that Sarah can watch me for four years and then take over!"

Seriously though, I expect John to do just fine for himself. He needs to show his gravitas. He needs to be the anchor to Palin's flash and sizzle.

Posted by: johngalt at September 4, 2008 2:20 AM

I just finished watching the replay of Palin's speech on tv.

If they win Sarah-cuda is going to drive the left bat-shit nuts.... why?

I watched her face and expressions, something I couldn't see from the nosebleed section.

She relished handing it out to Obama & Biden. When laying down a clever line, she a had great confident smile as she dropped the hammer, and slight smirk as the crowd reacted. She genuinely enjoyed her role... and will enjoy it in the weeks to come.

As Jonah Goldberg writes:

She was put on this earth to do two things: kill caribou and kick butt. She's all out of caribou.

Posted by: AlexC at September 4, 2008 3:17 AM

I was out last evening, explaining to one of my relatives (very loudly over Celtic music night at CCC) why Governor Palin was a good pick. I did not convince my sister-in-law and likely annoyed other tables.

I came home and TiVo had captured Hizzoner and Governor Palin. Needless to say, I was as enthralled as anybody. She did the traditional, convention-VP-attack speech with exceptional grace and humor. The crowd swooned, I swooned, my lovely bride swooned.

I had similar concerns -- Senator McCain's speech seems almost anti-climactic. Yet he has exceeded expectations several times of late and I trust he will do well. As I waxed rhapsodic about Ms. Palin, said relative asked "Do you want [McCain] to die?" (She did not mean it as mean as it sounds). I replied that McCain has moved up several notches in my book for picking her. Our ticket is right-side up with a rising star in the second slot.

A great Day to be a Republican. (A pretty damn fine day to be a ThreeSourcer as well).

Posted by: jk at September 4, 2008 11:14 AM

Last week, when I assumed McMaverick was going to pick Joe Lieberman to be his VP, I took a call from some RNC hack and let him have it. Since my daughter is a regular reader of this blog I won't repeat the language but the gist of my tirade was this; I'll consider supporting conservatives if they would consider running a few. What a difference a few days can make. Instead of going to the polls with a barf bag and a chip on my shoulder, I'll go as a proud supporter of Palin/McCain and in the meantime I'll dig out the check book and support red team. Last night was terrific and the hypocracy the left has demonstrated in their attacks on Palin rivals Gloria Steinem's "first grope is free" piece in the NYT for sheer absurdity. JK is right... it's a good day to ber a Republican.

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