Palin delivers a knockout

posted at 1:31 am on September 4, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Perhaps the media and Democrats would have been better advised to set expectations high for Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech tonight at the Republican convention.  After ridiculing her as a small-town yokel for the better part of three days, Palin would have looked good if she managed to avoid drooling during her speech.  In the event, though, they could have set expectations as high as a Barack Obama acceptance speech, and Palin would still have exceeded them in a tremendous debut on the national stage.

Palin made it clear to the condescending media and her Democratic critics that she is no pushover, no cream puff.  Her nickname, “Sarah Barracuda”, seems a lot more fitting after tonight.  Not only did she defend her small-town upbringing, she attacked Barack Obama on almost every possible front, and for good measure went after Joe Biden and the mainstream media as well.

For instance, she sought to underscore Obama’s hypocrisy in talking about his love for working-class families while belittling them behind their backs, and included Biden in that criticism:

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.

And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don’t 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 aren’t listening.

We tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

And on Obama’s lack of any real reform in his entire career:

We’ve all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.

And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform – not even in the state senate.

Palin also took a shot at Obama’s rather grandiose view of himself:

But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … 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? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet?

She didn’t forget the media, either:

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 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.

In the moments after the speech, I told our on-air listeners that this was the kind of speech Zell Miller could have delivered.  Palin didn’t deliver it in a shrill manner or sound like she had a chip on her shoulder, though.  She sounded like she relished the opportunity to engage.  Palin has no intention of allowing herself to get steamrolled by Barack “Sweetie” Obama, Democrats in general, or a mainstream media that suddenly found itself becoming the echo chamber for anonymous Kos diarists.

She didn’t just play the role of attack dog, although her description of hockey moms as pit bulls with lipstick played very well with the crowd.  Palin delivered a stirring defense of small-town values and middle America, and told Americans that she’s one of them — just a mother who started off wanting a better education for her kids, then wanted to improve her community, and just kept succeeding all the way up the ladder.

Palin also delivered for John McCain as well.  She gave this quote which will certainly resonate for weeks:

In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers.

And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.

They’re the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed presidential seals.

She extolled the virtues of McCain, calling him the real agent of change in Washington.  Palin talked about the remarkable story of an American hero who may just finish the final steps of a journey from from a cell at the Hanoi Hilton to the White House, and what that says about his honor and our country.  She evoked a stir of emotions when Palin noted that small towns across America have memorials to men just like John McCain, only he made it home — and that middle America understands McCain because of that.

Palin showed her mettle tonight.  Alaskans tell us that she is “tough as nails” and doesn’t run from a fight.  Tonight, she challenged Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and the media elite to a fight to the finish.  And she has bad news for them: she has no plans to quit.

Republicans should feel cheered and elated by this event tonight.  No matter what happens in this race, we have seen the future of the party, and it looks bright indeed.


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“I am deadly against the LOST.”

This is stated in the GOP 2008 platform…with Mccain/Palin there ain’t gonna be no US signature on no LOST/UN document.

With Obama/Biden…it’ll be one of their major “successes” in multi-lateral world rule over US sovereignty.

coldwarrior on September 4, 2008 at 12:23 PM

This is stated in the GOP 2008 platform…with Mccain/Palin there ain’t gonna be no US signature on no LOST/UN document.

With Obama/Biden…it’ll be one of their major “successes” in multi-lateral world rule over US sovereignty.

coldwarrior on September 4, 2008 at 12:23 PM

hope soit is hard enough to deal with one parliament meddling need no second one.

sven10077 on September 4, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Hear that sound? It’s faint, but growing stronger…

That flushing sound you hear in the background is the sound of The Messiah and The Mouth ticket swirling the toilet bowl.

Wyznowski on September 4, 2008 at 12:29 PM

“Barry will be the UN’s lapdog.” Sven: Indeed, but he will be in all the wrong laps as well.

Sarahcuda surpassed my expectations. My husband and I missed her speech but our 18 yr old son and 14 yr old daughter didn’t miss it. Our son was singing her praises! We stayed up to watch it all and again, I was moved to tears.
Say what you will, this is the right woman I always said i could vote for. God bless her and keep her strong.

Christine on September 4, 2008 at 12:31 PM

coldwarrior on September 4, 2008 at 12:17 PM

If you peruse the official Iran/Syria/Palestinian press, among others of the same ilk, you will find an overwhelming support and desire for an Obama presidency.

A brief analysis of this is, Obama will make the US weak, then everyone else will be stronger, and have more influence. Of course other countries will support Obama. They don’t want McCain, for the same reason. If the US is strong, then they have less influence.

Paul-Cincy on September 4, 2008 at 12:46 PM

I just want to add, the US today is the greatest force for good the world has ever seen.

Paul-Cincy on September 4, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Things are improving and will improve even more with a dedicated no-nonsense US Presidency willing to back up words with action.

coldwarrior on September 4, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Reagan’s crossing of Qaddafi’s line of death comes to mind. That sort of reset some opinions around the world. Not to mention our own national self respect.

Oldnuke on September 4, 2008 at 12:49 PM

For history’s sake

Credit where it’s due [Mark Steyn]

I would like to thank the US media for doing such a grand job this last week of lowering expectations by portraying Governor Palin – whoops, I mean Hick-Burg Mayor Palin – as a hillbilly know-nothing permapregnant ditz, half of whose 27 kids are the spawn of a stump-toothed uncle who hasn’t worked since he was an extra in Deliverance.

How’s that narrative holding up, geniuses? Almost as good as your “devoted husband John Edwards” routine?

I trust even now Maureen Dowd is working on a hilarious new column mocking proposed names for the Governor’s first grandchild. Perhaps Richard Cohen can just take the week off and they can rerun his insightful analysis comparing the Palin nomination to Caligula making his horse a consul. Whereas we sophisticates all know that if McCain were as smart as Obama he’d have nominated a dead horse to be his consul. No wait…

Entelechy on September 4, 2008 at 12:51 PM

I knew Caligula, I worked with Caligula, and John McCain is NO CALIGULA.

leftnomore on September 4, 2008 at 12:56 PM

I just called the McCain campaign at 1-866-775-2008 and they CAN still accept donations, what happens is that it in essence acts as a PAC and distributes funds downticket as the campaign sees needed.

Again do not take my word for it call 1-866-775-2008….

they say the enthusiasm they are seeing is far beyond anything they could have imagined….

keep firing back Conservatives…the political world is hearing us.

sven10077 on September 4, 2008 at 1:00 PM

sven10077 on September 4, 2008 at 1:00 PM —

Precisely. You can still donate at McCain online or over at the RNC. Funds will be utilized. Special attention is being given Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Also…go to McCain online and find out where your local McCain/Palin organization is located. The one in this county has been overwhelmed since last Friday. Volunteer a few hours…or more.

McCain cannot accept funds directly for his campaign, but he can accept funds to be turned over to the overall GOP campaign.

(I hope after he is inaugurated he will revisit that McCain/Fiengold thing…get it tossed.)

Meanwhile, Obama can accept all the funds he wants from all the bundlers he wants…to include that Obama bundler/Code Pink whacko who got arrested last night trying to get on the podium with Sarah Palin. Yep. She is a fund raiser and bundler for Obama in addition to being a major Code Pink player.

coldwarrior on September 4, 2008 at 1:08 PM

“Even I’m considering sending some loot in… and I’ve NEVER sent money before. Not to the RNC.” – Rush

HOT DAMN!!

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on September 4, 2008 at 1:11 PM

What a stirring performance! The next time the Obama camp makes any comment about her lack of experience, I would love to see her challenge Obama to a debate experience one-on-one. He either gets his clock cleaned or looks like an absolute spineless chicken.

chromium on September 4, 2008 at 1:29 PM

My rancher/cowboy husband got home last night just in time to hear Sarah’s speech. He was floored by her. He is going to vote for the first time in YEARS because of her. In fact, he’s pining bcs he wants HER for president NOW.

Badger40 on September 4, 2008 at 1:32 PM

She’s a great candidate, not just because she’s hard working, positive and proud of her country but also because the Democrats have no one like her, no one even close to a Hockey Mom that can run the country. Its no wonder sleazy liberals have tried to destroy her, they’ve got nothing, nada to compare. Liberalism can’t survive in the sunlight and Gov. Palin is a bright new day.

Reaganism just isn’t dead after all.

Speakup on September 4, 2008 at 1:35 PM

include that Obama bundler/Code Pink whacko who got arrested last night trying to get on the podium with Sarah Palin.
coldwarrior on September 4, 2008 at 1:08 PM

I’m thinking that that Code Pink Wacko was very lucky she was stopped before getting within range of Saracuda.

CrazyFool on September 4, 2008 at 1:46 PM

+1! That would’ve been a sight to see!

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on September 4, 2008 at 1:47 PM

BTW-I was watching the coverage via PBS last night (I only get 3 channels). During the DNC ALL 3 channels that I get-PBS,NBC,CBS- broadcast that damned thing EVERY night. Now the RNC is only showed on PBS up here. But there’s no media bias-riiighhhht?
Well a commentator said after her speech (a black man) that Palin’s speech was aimed at white women voters. Huh?! Did anyone else get that take? I’m confused.
Then this morning Couric was quick enough to say that ALL the media isn’t biased, hinting it was unfair Palin lumped all media together. Couric agreed she “galvanized” people with her speech.
I realize ALL the media isn’t biased-just something like 98% of it!
Argghh these people are morons!

Badger40 on September 4, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Sara makes me feel like a democrat. Now, I want to vote early and often.

cjs1943 on September 4, 2008 at 1:54 PM

It doesn’t matter whether Sarah Palin’s teleprompter “malfunctioned”, or sped through the script faster than she was speaking, or whether everything stayed in sync at all times. It also wouldn’t matter whether she was the sole author of her speech or if she let others edit her work before delivery.

Sarah Palin is a great public speaker with her own take on life, America, politics, and the world.

Gravitas, Grit and Grace!

Doubting Thomas can watch the re-run and go figure.

maverick muse on September 4, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Knockout?

That implies it’s over. Is it? Will McCain stop campaigning now? Or is this headline a little bit of bullsh*t?

Dave Rywall on September 4, 2008 at 1:59 PM

There was no teleprompter malfunction. Get over yourselves.

Dave Rywall on September 4, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Badger40 on September 4, 2008 at 1:47 PM

I kept muting the PBS pallbearing drones between speakers. First I turned off the TV, not wanting to provide PBS with marketing audience stats. The night before was great watching conservative cheerleaders on PJTV. But last night they required $11/mo. subscription– so I’ll send my political contributions to the GOP candidates directly and put up with the PBS presentation–lots of static during the speeches, none at all during their commentary, another reason I muted them in protest. I wish satelite data records when stations are muted in gathering who’s most popular statistics.

maverick muse on September 4, 2008 at 2:05 PM

From: Obama Campaign Headquarters
To: CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post
CC: Alan Colmes
Subject: New Action Lines, effective 4 September 2008

Good morning, friends! I hope you’re all rested and ready to get to work. I’m hearing some ugly rumors about rattled nerves and cold sweats after that sarcastic bimbo from Alaska gave her little speech last night. Let’s put a stop to that nonsense right now! We’re counting on you to carry our boy across the finish line in November! (Did I say “boy?” I meant MAN. Yes, Barack Obama is a MAN, a complicated MAN, and no one understands him but his woman… just a little Isaac Hayes tribute there, folks. I know that made you crack a smile, Andrea!) Here are your new Action Lines for the coming media cycle, in response to the sarcastic debacle of that sarcastic speech from the sarcastic hick last night:

1. SARCASM – we need to stress how unacceptably sarcastic her sarcasm was. I expect to see this meme in every news story Thursday morning. Somebody remember to send Olbermann a thesaurus, so he doesn’t just sit there barking “sarcasm” like a damn parrot.

2. RACISM – Can you be that sarcastic toward a black man without being a racist? I don’t think so! Let’s insert this meme carefully, maybe over the weekend, after the sarcasm thing settles in with the public. We need a quick survey that shows 80% of community organizers are minorities. If you don’t have time to take a survey, just get together and make up some good numbers, then attribute it to somebody in the Obama Youth group doing undergraduate studies. Try to pick one that hasn’t been busted for possession in the last couple of years, kay? We could also use a story that outlines exactly what a community organizer does. You might need to make that up, too.

3. BRISTOL PALIN – we’ve got some ugly internals that show people starting to rally around the Little Tramp and her mom, so I think it’s time we moved the action line to focus on her fiancée, whats-his-name. We need some good dirt on this guy. The soccer moms will look down on Palin if they think she’s letting her daughter get used as a sex toy by some punk dirtbag. A lot of them have been there. (No, I’m not going to start calling them “hockey moms,” and neither should you. Let’s remember who shapes the culture, people! It sure as hell isn’t the mayor of Wasilla!) Check your Daily Kos diaries and see if they’ve made up anything juicy about the fiancée yet. Try to be a little more discriminating than you were when you let them feed you the Trig paternity stuff. That was a close one! It’s a good thing the American public doesn’t think too hard about the quality of its journalists, or you’d all have ratings like MSNBC after that little fiasco!

4. UPSTAGING JOHNNY MAC – we need to wait for the old man to finish his stupid speech tonight, then *immediately* begin circulating the meme that he was upstaged by Palin. You know the drill: wrong guy at the top of the ticket, boring old man trying to hide behind a novelty veep pick, blatant feminist pandering can’t cover for tired old man, etc. I’d like to see more color commentary about how much more energized the Dem convention was, how those empty stands at the RNC are a haunting reminder of the lack of enthusiasm. (I think we can assume people have forgotten all about Hurricane Gustav by now.) Don’t let those yokels in red-state flyover country start thinking they have a growing sense of excitement to energize them.

5. GET BARRY BACK IN THE NEWS – We’re real disappointed that none of you had the stones to break away from the RNC snoozefest to give Barry a little face time last night. Sure, we didn’t expect you to actually do it *during* the Palin speech, but right after would have been good – it would have spared your viewers from watching Chris Matthews cry, and Olbermann sit there like a broken robot puppet at Disneyworld. Let’s get The Man back into the public eye ASAP, okay? We’ve got some dynamite speeches about Change and Hope coming up. See how we switched it around, instead of putting Hope first? We focus-grouped that, and let me tell you, the results were pretty exciting.

6. POLLS, POLLS, POLLS – we need some fresh polls, people! Whatever it takes to show more of a bounce for Barry, and none for McCain. Use registered voters, likely voters, new voters, whatever you need to do to get those numbers we want. I’d suggest cranking the Dem portion of your sample up to, say, 70% – that should help. If anybody calls you on it, say it’s realistic because it reflects all the new voters Barry is bringing into the mix.

OK, that should about do it. Some leftover business to clean up: we need to bury all the Eagleton-comparison stuff – that’s officially a dead meme, as of today. Ditto on Trig Palin – the last thing we need is local outlets showing that footage of the little girl smoothing out his hair. (We wouldn’t mind seeing some counterprogramming re: Obama’s girls – we’ll get some cute footage out to you, as soon as we can calm Michelle down enough to make her smile for the cameras.) The “scary pro-life fundie” action line on Palin is officially on hold until we can get at least one internal poll showing the majority of Americans aren’t pro-life. Somebody at CNN asked if the total blackout on John Edwards is still in effect – yes, we’re not ready to throw him under the bus just yet, but we may be sending out a flash memo later next week, especially if he tries to commit suicide or anything. Some of the production guys at MSNBC emailed us to say they’re worried about how bad Matthews looked last night – agreed, might be time for a little vacation until he gets his composure back.

That’s it for this cycle. Get going and make some magic for us!. We consider each and every one of you to be a high priest or priestess in our little church, and we’re not going to forget what you’ve done for us once Barry’s sitting in the big chair. YOU are the ones WE’VE been waiting for!

Oh, P.S.: be ready for a possible emergency action line about Biden’s terminal illness, and how courageous it is for him to step aside as veep nominee, how humbled Mrs. Clinton is to step in, how she’s got big shoes to fill, yadda yadda yadda. We might be sending that one out, if our internals get much worse.

Doctor Zero on September 4, 2008 at 2:07 PM

Thorn in your foot there, Dave? :P

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on September 4, 2008 at 2:11 PM

There was no teleprompter malfunction. Get over yourselves.

Dave Rywall on September 4, 2008 at 1:59 PM

*licks palm and smooths Dave’s hair down as it is standing on end.

GoodBoy on September 4, 2008 at 2:12 PM

There was no teleprompter malfunction. Get over yourselves.

Dave Rywall on September 4, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Hey DRywall whether she did or not she handled an audience with at least the svelte appeal of Barry….

and your memo is likely telling you to double down on her inexperience….

you do that…provide her with a bigger audience.

sven10077 on September 4, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Doctor Zero

It looks like you spent a longgggg time on that!
Oooh you’re hoping to get some accolades from anonymous users on a political blog!
How sad.

Dave Rywall on September 4, 2008 at 2:15 PM

* gives Dave a pacifier so he will stop sucking on his own nipples.

GoodBoy on September 4, 2008 at 2:16 PM

LOL Doctor Zero!!! How did you get that memo? ;)

bryan2369 on September 4, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Your mask is loose, Dave.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on September 4, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Doctor Zero

It looks like you spent a longgggg time on that!
Oooh you’re hoping to get some accolades from anonymous users on a political blog!
How sad.

Dave Rywall on September 4, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Actually, Dave, I did it so an anonymous user reading a political blog he violently disagrees with would waste his time criticizing me for doing it. It only took a little longer to write than Obama’s energy plan. Glad you enjoyed it!

Doctor Zero on September 4, 2008 at 2:29 PM

I knew Caligula, I worked with Caligula…
leftnomore on September 4, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Daaaaaang! I hope the job came with five-star, gold-plated health insurance benefits!

Mary in LA on September 4, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Doctor Zero on September 4, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Jeez, I lost half my soda thanks to this site this morning. :D

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on September 4, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Doctor Zero: 1
Drywall: O

RushBaby on September 4, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Doctor Zero on September 4, 2008 at 2:29 PM —

** excellent **

coldwarrior on September 4, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Doctor Zero you spent hours on that. Did you read it to your cat(s) before pressing submit?

Dave Rywall on September 4, 2008 at 2:51 PM

I didn’t see sarcasm. I saw biting honesty. Conservative humor tends towards dry wit. Don’t confuse that with sarcasm. Sarah puts the awwww in awesome.

Paul-Cincy on September 4, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Last night, we all learned what the odd, two-handed gesture from Obamaland actually means:

I have ZERO experience

BobMbx on September 4, 2008 at 2:55 PM

Dave Rywall on September 4, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Wow. Normally your snipes are more biting. You’re losing your touch.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on September 4, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Tear it up.

thedudesblog on September 4, 2008 at 3:11 PM

RE: “Palin delivers a knockout”

For the base. What good does that do?

Chimpy on September 4, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Palin gave an awesome speech. She deserves a lot of credit, as does her class act speech writer Matthew Scully!

As a right-leaning independent, it’s so nice to see that there are some Republicans that care about animal welfare. Most Repubs are fond of calling animal-welfare types loonies.

I wonder if it felt strange at all to Palin, a hunter, having an animal-welfare-anti-hunting advocate writing her BIG speech?

http://www.matthewscully.com/matthew.htm

http://www.matthewscully.com/sportsman_politics.htm

Shelby on September 4, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Doctor Zero you spent hours on that. Did you read it to your cat(s) before pressing submit?

Dave Rywall on September 4, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Come on, Dave, instead of wasting time with your Auto-Snark random comment generator, why not toss your hat into the ring and do a little creative writing? Write up a funny memo from Sean Hannity telling Fox News how to cover Joe Biden, or something. We’ve got a great bunch of readers on this blog – they’d really appreciate your effort. It’ll be just like writing a Kos diary, except you don’t have to pretend it isn’t fiction, and no major networks will use it as the lede in a news story. Give it a shot! You are the troll we’ve been waiting for!

Doctor Zero on September 4, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Good one Dr. Zero

Sorry about being merely an anonymous user on a political blog.

If I post my name and address will that make my opinions and appreciation of a sharp wit any more valid, Drywall?

LegendHasIt on September 4, 2008 at 3:36 PM

If I post my name and address will that make my opinions and appreciation of a sharp wit any more valid, Drywall?

LegendHasIt on September 4, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Sadly, no… you fall into the double standard block, as a conservative your opinion is worth nothing. Such is our lot in life, I’m afraid… c’est la vie.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on September 4, 2008 at 3:40 PM

(That, and you’ll have to deal with Dave and Alphie and the rest of the lot knowing where your house is. Hope you’re low on toilet paper.)

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on September 4, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Grue in the Attic on September 4, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Actually, I thought about that. I wouldn’t really mind a personal visit from their ilk… We could get to know each other, up close and personal, if you get my drift.

I’d hate to have to X-ray all my mail, though. That would be the real hassle

LegendHasIt on September 4, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Today I am Proud to be an AMERICAN
Proud to be an Alaskan and finally
Proud to a Conservative Republican

lwssdd on September 4, 2008 at 3:52 PM

*eats*

Umm, I know this is petty, but that is getting annoying. Your posts–I like, your tag? Too much is never a good thing.

Montana on September 4, 2008 at 3:57 PM

r2b, did you bother to read the entire article.

It encompasses banking, autos, housing, retail and construction. It’s a continuing cycle and is being exacerbated by our hand dug slit trench toilet; that is Iraq.

If you can’t see the ditch, I’ll have to admit I’m glad you aren’t driving, no offense intended.

J_Gocht on September 4, 2008 at 11:48 AM

If no offense was meant, then why state it.
Do you understand economic cycles? How could the GNP be strong, unemployment strong if “everything” is such bad condition.
We will take two items, to keep it simple.
Do you think the housing bust was because everyone (individually) created a pyramid scheme with housing. Flipping and turning over houses during a shortage and driving the prices up. Now that we have an excess of housing, don’t you think prices would drop. Isn’t that the economic model, oversupply creates what? People used their homes as an investment, buying on margin and hoping the prices will rise. Well, they made a mistake and over invested. It happens everyday in the stock market, people buy the wrong stock at the wrong price. That’s what you get when you speculate. Get it???
Oil, all the foolish people who said speculators were not driving up the prices have egg on their face now. As soon as talk about drilling began in earnest, the prices began to drop. As I stated months ago, if congress passed a bill to begin drilling tomorrow, and fast tracking refineries the price would drop to $40-50 a barrel, without ever having to drill.
Oil has nothing to do with the war. The war was not handled well (few are), but you are the mindset that we would be better off with Hussein still in power, well you never said that, but that is the alternative. Or you would like Iran to have taken over Iraq. Tell me, how would the oil supply we receive from the middle east be sitting with Iran and Iraq at war, or consolidating and at war again with Kuwait. Oh, you don’t want us to defend Kuwait, so that is more oil lost…
Iraq is that shining object that detracts so many people.
The problems aren’t with the war, our domestic problems are with greed of people making bad investments in homes. Poor budget control by congress, the democrats, and poor use of the veto by Bush.
So we weather this cycle, where the GNP is strong and unemployment low.
Or we read some article saying that it is an economic doomsday…the sky is falling, the sky is falling…

right2bright on September 4, 2008 at 3:58 PM

There was no teleprompter malfunction. Get over yourselves.

Dave Rywall on September 4, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Yes, there was. It did not seem lengthy, but it malfunctioned. You could hear Sarah speaking low–reiterating where she was in the speech so the techs could get it right…and I thought I saw a slight change in her demeanor–albeit brief–as she masterfully dealt with the issue.

Did she “wing” her whole speech? No. But she handled the issue with teleprompter smoothly.

It’s ok to admit it Dave Rywall, it’s also ok to recognize the success and abilities of others. In fact, doing so marks a man as a success himself. Refusal to do so–reveals an unaccomplished and insecure man.

Montana on September 4, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Best of Wednesday night at the convention

1. Sarah Palin, superstar
2. The Palin family and Cindy McCain. Little Piper making sure her little brother looked good for the cameras.
3. John McCain coming out on stage with the Palins, and then giving the thumbs up to Tom Moe, and nobody in the media noticing
3. The look on the faces of liberals
4. Rudy Giuliani’s speech of a lifetime
5. Mike Huckabee and a story about desks
6. Mitt Romney serves up the red meat
7. Michael Steele – Drill, baby, drill!
8. Linda Lingle – dignified testimony
9. Going on offense, knocking the opponent off balance
10. We’re going to win this thing!

indythinker on September 4, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Hey, fellow HotHeads, this headline on Drudge is harshing my Palin Buzz:

PALIN RAISES MONEY — FOR OBAMA! **Exclusive** Obama scores $8 million since Palin’s speech from over 130,000 donors – on pace to hit $10 million by the time John McCain hits stage, campaign says… Developing…

What do you make of that? $8M/130K = average of $61.54 per donor, although there are probably some big-money donors in there balancing out the $5s and $10s from the college students’ allowances.

Are these people who were on the fence, saw Our Sarah’s speech, and said, “She’s not offering me anything, I’ll go with Obama”? Or are they Obamafans who saw the speech and are now terrified that The Big O won’t be coasting to victory, after all? (That would be my preferred scenario, but I can see the other one, too.)

Cheer me up here, quick, before I go curl up in the cellar next to our beloved blog proprietor!

(Speaking of whom: AllahP, where’s your tip jar? I owe you and Ed big time for all the hard work you’ve been doing.)

Mary in LA on September 4, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Mary in LA on September 4, 2008 at 5:01 PM
….Or are they Obamafans who saw the speech and are now terrified that The Big O won’t be coasting to victory, after all?

I rather imagine it is that one, if the story has ANY basis in fact.

Probably just all a lie or at least a gross exaggeration from the Obama camp.

LegendHasIt on September 4, 2008 at 5:12 PM

Body blow…
Body blow…
Upper cut…
Jab…
Upper cut!

danjrussell on September 4, 2008 at 7:46 PM

“It’ll be just like writing a Kos diary, except you don’t have to pretend it isn’t fiction, and no major networks will use it as the lede in a news story.”
Doctor Zero on September 4, 2008 at 3:31 PM

+1

Rovin on September 4, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Nice post Lynn.

sven10077 on September 4, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Thanks, sven. I’d like to post more, but these HA threads are so blamed long that it takes more time than I’ve got just to read them.

Doctor Zero on September 4, 2008 at 2:07 PM

That was an excellent piece, Dr Z, and worth repeating elsewhere, for the reason I mentioned above—an well-written satire like yours gets buried in the flood.

MrLynn on September 4, 2008 at 9:19 PM

She’s a sweetheart and a tough gal. A woman for todays times. I’d like to see her show some tough international stance.

johnnyU on September 4, 2008 at 10:49 PM

I posted the other day about a report the teleprompter screwed up during her and Guiliani’s speech.

Here is confirmation (sorry if posted already and I missed it): http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/09/04/palin-overcame-teleprompter-problems-missing-hard-copies/

Tommygun on September 5, 2008 at 3:51 AM

She’s totally channeling Reagan. It’s Sarahliscious. For the first time in my adult life…

Mojave Mark on September 6, 2008 at 1:50 AM