Palin packs a punch

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You didn't think vice-presidential candidates could electrify an American electorate, did you?

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Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin delivers the end of her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.  Associated Press
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Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin delivers the end of her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

But that was before Sarah Palin came along.

The energy and passion in her speech Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention was not just an exhortation but an invitation to every citizen: "If character is the measure in this election, and hope the theme, and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause."

The governor of Alaska, former mayor and proud "hockey mom" cracked a joke during the speech that is as telling as anything about her attitude and style: "What's the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom? Lipstick."

People saw flashes of that attitude during the speech as she blew holes through the Potemkin village that is Barack Obama's political record and platform -- each statement delivered with the accuracy of a Bobby Orr slap shot.

"(L)istening to him speak," she said, "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."

And this gem: "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities."

And especially this: "What does (Obama) actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger, take more of your money, give you more orders from Washington and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world."

The VP candidate's intelligence and vigor were running neck-and-neck with her charm Wednesday night.

People watching her speech likely saw aspects of themselves in Sarah Palin. A proud spouse. A loving parent. A driven professional. A strong leader. A concerned citizen who boldly dives in to make her community better -- whether she's a PTA member or the governor of an entire state.

Don't let the geographic location of Alaska fool you. Palin is Middle America, through and through. She can tell you the price of a gallon of milk because she has actually bought a few in her life. She doesn't have to rely on some political staffer to brief her on milk's price between campaign stops. She is by no means immune to the problems faced by the typical American family.

Though Palin stands on a nominee's pedestal, her ideological feet are planted firmly on the ground, standing side by side with her fellow Americans. She is simply outstanding at connecting with people.

And talk about connecting -- and resonating -- with an audience: The trio of speakers who preceded Palin reminded people what a strong slate of Republicans were vying for the presidency such a short time ago. Each speech was superb in its own way.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ripped into the liberal mentality that is permeating Washington, D.C. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee displayed his characteristic wit in constructing the grim scenario of an Obama presidency.

But former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's go-get-'em rouser so powerfully underscored what's at stake in this election. In bold strokes, he painted a compelling picture of the Democratic candidate.

"This is not a personal attack; it's a statement of fact," Giuliani said. "Barack Obama has never led anything. Nothing. Nada."

He also pointed out Obama's record as an Illinois state legislator -- during which he voted only "present" almost 130 times.

"As mayor of New York City, I never got a chance to vote 'present,' " Giuliani said. "And you know, when you're president of the United States, you can't just vote 'present.' You must make decisions."

Three compelling speakers -- all paving the way for Palin's outstanding appearance Wednesday night.

Palin is by no means "politics as usual." Choosing her for the VP slot alongside fellow self-described maverick John McCain helped send a clear message of change to voters who are throwing their hats to the ground in disgust over our ineffective, underperforming federal government.

Now voters must decide which change they can believe in.

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sjgraci
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sjgraci 09/05/08 - 05:16 am
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Wow the Republican Party sure

Wow the Republican Party sure represents and looks like all of America, as long as you don't have a funny tan, funny religion, funny views on the freedom to choose, funny name, or funny low social status. Do you have to be a member of a White country club to be a Republican Delegate? Do you have to be an evangelical Christian to be a Republican Delegate? Do you have to be straight to be a Republican Delegate? Do you have to wear a coat and tie to be a Republican Delegate? Thank God that joke of a tired old White party is over. I've seen enough Tighty Whiteys. After viewing the "Greatest Convention Speech Ever (Obama)" by a Presidential candidate and the worst ever (McSame), it's time for real change that represents all of America.

Reality
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Reality 09/05/08 - 05:31 am
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Obama would make a good

Obama would make a good preacher, I'll bet he could almost pull the money from your pocket while standing at the pulpit....

Ga Values
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Ga Values 09/05/08 - 05:58 am
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Our RINO Senator Saxby

Our RINO Senator Saxby Special Interest Chambliss left the convention before the speaches of Palin & McCain. He did not want to hear abuout working for America FIRST or Drill here, Drill Now. He works for his LOBBYIST son BO & himself not the GEORGIA VOTERS.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/05/08 - 06:05 am
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You don't have to be white to

You don't have to be white to be conservative, just intelligent, independent, self reliant and responsible. Those are qualities that exclude those drawn to the socialist left. They're also the qualities that define the difference between Obama supporters and the rest of the country.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 09/05/08 - 06:06 am
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Good summary of Palin's

Good summary of Palin's speech. Yes, she truly is a breath of fresh air. She has energized the base of the Republican party like no other candidate could have and, more than that, demonstrated the type of person John McCain will select when filling his cabinet and when choosing Supreme Court justices. This is truly an important election. Obama had a chance to be the most liberal President ever selected in this country. Thankfully, his advisors erred when instructing him not to select Hillary Clinton as his running mate. By selecting a "safe" Joe Biden, he allowed John McCain to make a truly historic and wonderfully fresh selection. Checkmate!

jsterett
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jsterett 09/05/08 - 06:13 am
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I'm looking forward to the

I'm looking forward to the debate between Palin and Biden. That could easily be one of the best shows of the campaign. It would also be fun to watch the Hockey Mom Sarah tangle with the Long Legged Mackdaddy.

factchecker
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factchecker 09/05/08 - 06:28 am
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Watch out Dems you are about

Watch out Dems you are about to be beaten by an "old, tired" ex prisoner of war and a hockey Mom. I like the phrase someone else here used the other day and I hope I have it completely correct but if not it's sure damn close "Palin - the silver bullet that killed the vampire!" GO MCCAIN/PALIN 08 and PALIN FOR PRESIDENT IN 12!!!

justus4
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justus4 09/05/08 - 07:02 am
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The woman is a hyprocrite and
Unpublished

The woman is a hyprocrite and will eventually self-destruct from family problems. The trooper-gate scandal in Alaska will also reveal professional manaqement flaws. In addition, her voice is too difficult to listen to for long periods.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 09/05/08 - 07:37 am
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sjgraci's post is full on non

sjgraci's post is full on non sequiturs. Must be desperate to fullfill his socialist desires. I guess you can be a Dem as long as you don't have a religion, are gay, are unwed, are poor, are uneducated, etc. The same fallacious logic as sjgraci. Pathetic! Obama speech was hollow compared to McCain's who offered more specifics and less rhetoric, and McCain is a terrible orator. McCain addressed problems in govt that is both Rep and Dem and offered to work and use any idea Dem or Rep to solve problems. Obama offers more divide and divisive politics. Obama offers the same corrupt political Dem machine and McCain offers to kill any political machine (be it Rep or Dem) and let's get America back on track. I have not been impressed with the Rep convention because it was just a lets bash Obama party and no policy, but McCain changed that last night. Obama still just offers hollow promises of change, but surrounds himself with the no changers. The Dem convention was definitely more glitz, but Palin's and McCain's speeches were most impressive and the highlights of a relatively drab presentation.

truthteller
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truthteller 09/05/08 - 07:57 am
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The lady can give a rousing

The lady can give a rousing speech, but those were not her words. She was simply reading from a teleprompter. The speech was written by Matthew Scully, one of George Bush's speechwriters. See Wikipedia for more on him (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Scully). Keep in mind George W. Bush too was an empty suit until the professional marketers and speech writers took over and turned him into something he wasn't and still isn't. Look at the price our country has paid for his mistakes over the past eight years and will continue to pay in the future. Be careful what you wish for. Things are not always what they seem to be.

ripjones
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ripjones 09/05/08 - 08:10 am
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Bizarro -- you hit the nail

Bizarro -- you hit the nail on the head. The Dems can throw a great party with glitz and glam, and of course beverages served up by their own Keg-Meister Ted Kennedy !! But they want you to be focused on the glitter, because there is no substance underneath. Their candidate has no substance, only form. No experience, no legislation drafted while he was in State or Federal office, and no responsibilites in the past. I so want someone to print a "Community Organizer" bumper sticker !! And I agree that the debates will be huge. And BTW: Sjgraci - I seem to remember the "funny tan" was sported by AL GORE on the first debate...

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/05/08 - 08:31 am
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sjgraci, did you notice that

sjgraci, did you notice that Obama's big production speech drew almost as many viewers as McCain's speech?

Bizarro
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Bizarro 09/05/08 - 08:31 am
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Truthteller, the irony is you

Truthteller, the irony is you can make the exact same argument concerning Obama. He gives a good speech written by speech writer-Jon Favreau, Speech writer for the Kerry campaign. Keep in mind Obama was an empty suit until the professional marketers and speecdh writers took over and turned him into a celebrity. Touche'

truthteller
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truthteller 09/05/08 - 08:50 am
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For a more sobering

For a more sobering conservative view on the Palin hysteria, see today's article by columnist Charles Krauthammer: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/04/AR200809...

Bizarro
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Bizarro 09/05/08 - 08:51 am
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Let's bring on the debates

Let's bring on the debates and have each candidate offer their arguments why their plans will work best to serve America. That will prove very interesting. Given Obama's published economic plans of socialist reform I want him to explain how stealing from the productive producers 250K and above will increase productivity. You can bet my productivity will decrease to less than 200K so I will reap the benefits of the wealth redistribution to the 90K to 200K who gain the most from the Obama plan. Seems Obama's plan will drive more industry overseas and drive the most productive to be less productive. Just human nature. I can see why those who cannot compete and produce would want a free ride. Of course I am not prone to laziness but then again working 2 to 3 days a week and bringing home the same as working longer making more but having it taken away maybe a pretty good deal. There is no logic to Obama's plan. I can only conclude he is out to destroy economic class and bring on a marxist govt.

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Riverman1 09/05/08 - 08:53 am
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First we had comments that

First we had comments that Palin didn't write her own speech, then we had comments that she had been practicing all day to give the speech that caused so much excitement. Now tell me how either of those are different than what every other speaker, Repubulican or Democrat does?

He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named
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He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named 09/05/08 - 09:01 am
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Well whatever else happens,

Well whatever else happens, at least Sarah Palin was the most famous person on earth for this past week.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 09/05/08 - 09:11 am
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There is a divide in America.

There is a divide in America. It shows itself here in this forum daily. The first of all the speech makers to address that and offer to fix it was John McCain. I think that speaks volumes about him. In a two party system it is necessary to pick sides. I guess I'm old school because I disagree with my much younger son in law about this. My belief has always been to pick the party who most closely aligns it's platform with your beliefs and to fight for the long term good. I identified with the Republican Party at age 19. After this convention I feel more strongly than ever that I've been on the right side. Did this administration do many things I disagreed with? Absolutely. But President Bush got some of the most important choices dead right. I can't wait until November 4th. These are exciting times.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 09/05/08 - 09:15 am
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I wish I was a Democrat, I'd

I wish I was a Democrat, I'd vote for John McCain more than once. I would vote early and vote often.

hobo
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hobo 09/05/08 - 09:19 am
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she is a hottie got my vote

she is a hottie got my vote

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/05/08 - 09:23 am
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Hate to disappoint you but

Hate to disappoint you but the teleprompter wasn't working right for the Palin speech and the one before her. She was speaking from memory and a lot of the inserts were her words. I doubt that NObama would have survived that one. He doesn't do well when doing interviews with not known questions. Remember she was also a sportscaster.

He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named
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He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named 09/05/08 - 09:23 am
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She sure aint bad to look

She sure aint bad to look at..that's for sure. I'm not voting for her for that reason.....but it doesn't hurt her case.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 09/05/08 - 09:34 am
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Mrs. Palin is very

Mrs. Palin is very good-looking, as is her husband, and all of their kids are cute, which is why the liberal media hasn't been able to take potshots at her physical appearance or anyone else in her family, which I can assure you they would have by now. And truthteller, as convertedsoutherner pointed out, the lady's teleprompter was malfunctioning but she kept her poise and made her points. If it's bad for a candidate to utilize a speechwriter then the same standard has to apply to all candidates, including the one you for whom you plan to cast your vote.

He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named
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He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named 09/05/08 - 09:39 am
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Yeah, they certainly didn't

Yeah, they certainly didn't spare old Christine Whitman the cracks about her looks.

EJ
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EJ 09/05/08 - 09:42 am
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I4PUTT, if you were a

I4PUTT, if you were a democrat, you WOULD vote more than once.....why, you'd even vote if you were dead! You'd have all your pets registered to vote too, didn'tcha know?

Bizarro
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Bizarro 09/05/08 - 09:44 am
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Too funny EJ!!!!!LOL. Good

Too funny EJ!!!!!LOL. Good one.

dani
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dani 09/05/08 - 10:10 am
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Since we are having a

Since we are having a conversation about speechwriters, I wonder why more wasn't made of the fact that the teleprompter was broken and Palin had to rely on hand written notes. This lady is a pro and will have no problems with Biden in a debate.(unless we have a left winger like a NBC host asking the questions). Yesterday he kept referring to her as a Lt Gov. He is either senile or stupid.

pauldrake
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pauldrake 09/05/08 - 10:58 am
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oh yes,chronicle what a

oh yes,chronicle what a punch! this country is so desperate for a hero that they'd pick anything right now.we don't have any heroes left as we once did.folks are tired of the clinton's and certainly bush and that trash that he brought with him.that little joke was funny? i didn't think so. all i saw was a bunch of old white women probably full of valiums gawking,sad looking crowd there,i might add.we'll see what the soccer mom is made of as the pressure mounts.the real story is most of you don't want mcsenile,but you seem to want her.it won't happen though.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 09/05/08 - 11:06 am
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cissy, i beg to differ, what

cissy, i beg to differ, what is her stance on russi/georgian conflict before getting picked for vp, what is her stance on the economy???? how about our growing debt with china. are you aware that china forced us to increase our intrest rates on the gov't debt they bought from us. they were goring to sell off all of our debt if we didn't give them a higher rate of return....so instead of attacking the question we should be asking is WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO??? what about our weak dollar against the euro???? what about the middle east situation outside of iraq...she has a journalism degree and a former newscaster/beauty queen..didn't augusta elect a former newscaster as mayor???how did that turn out??? it's time to wake up...she was a poor choice based on her qualifications or lack thereof...ask yourself this..how would she stack up against condi????condi would clean her clock, condi is an expert in russian foriegn policy, she advised ford, reagan, bush1 and bush2..oh by the way the first female provost at stanford university, and she speaks fluid russian...this is the type of woman we should be having as vp..i ask you what does sara bring to the table close to what condi has????

jack
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jack 09/05/08 - 11:09 am
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Sigraci,the simple answer is

Sigraci,the simple answer is NO to all your stupid, class envy, questions. I saw many hispanics and blacks, including black women in the crowd. I have to admit, there were more good looking women that looked like women than I ever saw at the DIMocRAT convention.

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