Sarah Palin was incredible last night. I had a feeling she would be good and I was wrong, she was amazing. She had poise, humor, and moxie. This is a word you don’t get to use often but it seems to be apt here. She proved last night that she will not take any nonsense from the left and she put them on notice that she’s coming for them. I can’t say enough.
It appears not everyone shares this enthusiasm though. Like everyone else I’ve been pouring over the news articles about her today and I noticed one thing, the articles came in one of three basic styles. The authors where either impressed with her speech, gave her grudging respect, or were scared of what her speech portended.
One such article is this one I found linked to on the Drudge Report today. This article by Mary Mitchell of the Chicago Sun-Times was in the latter category. Some of the excerpts from the article (in red) are:
The people who cooked up this scheme don't care whether Palin will be a heartbeat away from the presidency if something happens to the 72-year-old McCain.
Palin's on the ticket because she's a woman and she isn't afraid to engage in the Republicans' mean-spirited personal attacks.
It’s always the GOP who have the mean spirited attacks, these same liberal commentators were complaining that Obama was not getting tough enough on the GOP.
"They loved their country in good times and bad, and they are always proud of America," Palin said an obvious dig at Michelle Obama, during her remarks about her small-town roots.
"In small towns, we don't heap praise on working people when they are listening and talk about how bitter they are and they cling to their religions and guns when those people aren't listening,"
"We prefer candidates who don't talk to us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco."
Those are the kinds of jabs the Obama campaign will have a difficult time dealing with simply because Palin is a female, and the campaign will not want to appear to be sexist.
First of all, they had no problem attacking Hillary. Second the above quotes, including Michelle’s, were directly from Michelle and Barack Obama themselves. It is not an attack if your calling them on something they said. An attack is when you spread lies questioning who the mother of Palin’s child is.
On Wednesday night, Palin introduced her three daughters, including her 17-year-old pregnant daughter Bristol, who was seated with the young man who fathered her baby.
Yet earlier, when reporters reported her daughter's pregnancy and debated the issues surrounding that pregnancy, we became the problem.
You’ve gotta love this. The poor journalists being attacked because they are targeting Palin’s family. This girl is not running for president and therefore her pregnancy is not up for “debate”
"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," Palin said.
"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."
Palin showed that she could be as sarcastic as the most experienced politician.
She skillfully used one-line zingers and attacked Obama without ever using his name.
"In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then there are those who use their careers to promote change,"
Palin energized the Republican convention. No doubt about that.
She's a fighter, all right.
While McCain's big gamble that put Palin on the ticket as his vice presidential pick might be a scheme -- the battle is real.
It’s easy to dismiss this article as another attack piece by a far left whackjob. That is an oversimplification though. This article is not really an attack piece, it is whiny and full of fear. “-- the battle is real.” This line sums up the entire article. The left thought they were going to run off Palin or at the very least, cause her to cower and wilt under their senseless attacks. There have been rumors floating around that the left may have been participating in a loosely coordinated attack on her to force McCain to drop her from the ticket. The word is that a lot of them were giving her two weeks.
She showed them she wasn’t having any of that. They are not running her off. I think there may be some realization dawning on the left that instead of running her off, she may just keep them from getting their Messiah elected. Last night did not go as they planned. Last night instead of wilting, she came out and smashed them in the mouth like a good hockey mom would. Who’s wilting now?