There it is, on the record.
I approached last nights RNC Palin speech with some degree of doubt. I struggled with the reasons Why McCain may have actually picked Palin, especially in light of the early picking apart she seemed to be undergoing in the mainstream media.
And then two things happened…
First I started getting reports that some of the charges the media was making against her were complete fabrications devoid of any shred of truth.
- The downs baby is hers not her daughter’s.
- She got a law officer fired because he was her ex-brother in law who had been threatening people. Threats do not a good cop make.
- She has more experience in her relatively short governorship than Barack
- She’s not a token female on the ticket. (which brings me to my next point)
Second, I heard her speak.
She was funny, articulate, aggressive, intelligent, capable. And she gave one of the most pointed political introductory speeches I’ve heard in a long time. Even my skeptical (and politically bored) teenage daughter stayed up to watch her speech and turned to me afterward saying, “I am impressed.”
That is highly significant considering that she had been written off by the media before she even started. Speaking of last year’s near dismissal of John McCain from the ticket, Palin said,
“They overlooked the caliber of the man himself – the determination, resolve, and sheer guts of Senator John McCain.”
—Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin – 2008 Republican National Convention
She just as well could say the same about herself. The media missed the real Sarah Palin whom I suspect we had only a small glimpse of last night.
Her best self description? Pit bull.
“I was just your average hockey mom and signed up for the PTA. (APPLAUSE) I love those hockey moms. You know, they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”
—Raw Data: Sarah Palin Remarks at GOP Convention – America’s Election HQ
What impressed me the most about Sarah Palin last night was that she managed to say all that she said and still look like a feminine woman. She wasn’t a shrill. She wasn’t a crazed loony. She was dignified, powerful feminine.
I had been a reluctant McCain Supporter. But as of now Sarah Palin has moved my vote from begrudging to embracing.
As Doug Groothius stated on his blog:
“Sarah Palin transcended my expectations and my prayers were answered. It’s a new race, and I’m committed.”
—The Constructive Curmudgeon: Transcending Expectations: Sarah Palin in St. Paul
She’s the right V.P. for the next four years.