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Thursday, September 4, 2008
Thoughts on Governor Sarah Palin's convention speech. My favorite lines. Selected good readings.
Sarah Palin did a nice job in last evening's speech. Well, maybe nice is the wrong word. I'm sure the Obama campaign and his groupies are feeling sliced up a little, and doubly grumpy because the knife was wielded by a pretty girl from -- get this -- Alaska. They may be aware that our largest, northernmost state is not a foreign country, but it has to feel somewhat foreign to them. It's on the other side of Canada, for heaven's sake! Women hunt moose there and marry Eskimos!
I'm not making up the foreign country thing. Some decades ago, when my mother was on her way to Europe on a Fulbright scholarship, she ran into some New Yorkers who actually thought her home state, Idaho, was a foreign country. Sarah Palin was born and attended university in Idaho, by the way.
Back to my point. It was an excellent speech, well delivered.
My own frustration with the many interruptions for applause is bipartisan, to be sure: It bugs me no matter who is speaking, Republican or Democrat. You can watch the speech if you want -- I watched it to try to get a sense of who she is -- but reading it is faster.
Here are some of my favorite lines:
Here's a small selection of good columns I've read lately, some about Sarah Palin and some about other topics related to the election. The Palin pieces are all favorable, for two reasons. First, there's a lot of negative stuff out there about her, too, and you won't have any trouble finding it without my help, if you want to. Second, the essential political question here is not, Will her natural enemies like her? They won't. They have to try to destroy her. The question is, How will her natural friends respond? Will she energize Republicans in particular?
Not about Palin:
Finally, again about Palin, John Dickerson's "A Pit Bull with Lipstick," from which an excerpt:
John McCain has a tough act to follow tonight. He's still not my favorite guy, but he's the best horse left in the race, so I wish him well.
David Kirk comments (9/5/08):
Your blog states, "Second, she has genuine conservative credentials, to complement McCain's, which are seriously in doubt" -- which is my #1 reason I will be voting McCain this fall, where before Palin came along I wasn't sure what I was going to do. Oh, I would never vote for Obama, trust me, but McCain does not excite me, his history in the senate bothers me, and I don't consider him a true conservative. Palin comes out of nowhere and electrifies the campaign, and her speech last night was flawless, and delivered with great poise. I honestly wish it was Palin/McCain instead of McCain/Palin.
The personal attacks on her are amazing, the left is sooooo hypocritical. I suppose if the young girl opted for an abortion, the left would fawn over the girl's exercise of her "reproductive rights." The left disgusts me.
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