FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Two words to describe Sarah Palin’s speech tonight: Mission Accomplished
I was fortunate enough to watch Sarah Palin’s convention speech from a seat inside the aptly-named XCel Energy Center tonight, and have but one thing to say: Mission Accomplished.
Palin hit every topic and note she needed to tonight, from hitting back at the Obama campaign’s attemtps to compare his current occupation with hers ten years ago (“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities“) to praising a part of John McCain’s history that every Republican can appreciate and get behind (“though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, “fighting for you,” let us face the matter squarely — there is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you…in places where winning means survival and defeat means death…and that man is John McCain“).
As I said on Pajamas TV this afternoon, this speech was going to be historic regardless of how it turned out. Never in my memory — if in history — had a speech by a Vice Presidential nominee been so anticipated, so pre-scrutinized, and so sure to be picked apart piece by piece, line by line, syllable by syllable, and gesture by gesture.
The Palins had been set upon by every television and print outlet in America’s “mainstream” since her announcement as John McCain’s running mate last Saturday, with everything from her family situation, to her husband’s past (did you hear he got a DUI 20 years ago? You know — the same time that Barack Obama admits he was using cocaine), to her church, voting registration, and passport issue date being not only criticized, but hammered in the least civil and fair ways possible.
This was her first — and, perhaps, only real — opportunity to bypass those media and speak directly to the American people in an attempt to make a positive enough first impression to convince them that she was not only admirable in her personal and professional life, but ready for the job of Vice President — and, if the worst should happen, President.
In my view, she succeeded. Well done, Governor — and Vice Presidential nominee — Palin. Well done, indeed.