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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He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named
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He_Who_Must_Not_Be_Named 09/05/08 - 10:13 am
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There were more good looking

There were more good looking women ON THE STAGE than you'll ever see at the DNC.

jack
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jack 09/05/08 - 10:18 am
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Truthteller, what DIMocRAT

Truthteller, what DIMocRAT political hack wrote NObama's and my Belle Michelle's speeches?

jack
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jack 09/05/08 - 10:28 am
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pauldrake, "old white women"

pauldrake, "old white women" wasn't what I saw the cameraman picking out at the Repub convention last night or any other night. I saw numerous very young, good looking (hot) females in that crowd versus the crowd at the DIM convention so full of dykish looking shrews Includng Hitlery).

jack
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jack 09/05/08 - 10:35 am
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jisomjr. Condi Rice may clean

jisomjr. Condi Rice may clean Sarah's clock on foreign policy (just as she would NObama or NoBiden) but she has far more experience as an executive (which the Presidency is), even as a Mayor of a small town than NObama, NoBiden AND John McCain. I sure hope the leftist MSM keep harping on her as a working mom as it sure pizzes off the millions of working moms and professional women in this country. Same for her pregnant daughter. 19M of the listening audience were women when she spoke. BTW, Russia is one of Palin's/AK's closest neighbors. She has hosted the nations located in the arctic cirle so I am sure she is quite aware of Russian and it's politics. Also, ask you same question of NObama, and give us your answers.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/05/08 - 11:07 am
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Remember Palin is running for

Remember Palin is running for VP. NObama is running for prez and has less executive experience. Why so much importance on what Palin knows? Why don't you ask NObama and "hope" you will get a straight answer and not a lot of "change"? Watched his interview last night and he couldn't give a straight answer. WOW.. What a double standard.

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mgroothand 09/05/08 - 11:17 am
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About all this experience

About all this experience talk.....Who remembers anything Al Gore said or did that required experience?

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/05/08 - 11:31 am
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I don't ever remember seeing

I don't ever remember seeing anything like this. I thought all the emphasis was suppose to be on the prez and what/how they were going to do and what they know. There has never been a VP that has had to be put through this scrutiny with such vengence. To all out try to destroy a candidate is typical NObama. He can sit back and laugh and watch everyone else do his work for him. The courage under pressure was shown in how Palin handled herself at the convention. She has shown that the left-wing press and the NObama followers are not going to bother her. If this were clinton, she or bill would be saying that the boy's are picking on her. Palin is the real thing.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 09/05/08 - 11:32 am
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jack, what is her views? oh

jack,
what is her views? oh by the way she would have had to have permission from the state department in order to have a head of state such as putin to step foot on any part of the united states, oh!! since condi is the sec of state she would have had to get permission from her. by the way florida is closer to cuba than alaska is to russia so what is your point about geographic location. alaska is not a soverign county so it does not matter how clse they are, again i ask what are her views, on china, weak dollar, expanding debt, middle east conflict outside of iraq....not that her state is close to russia, that she is a hockey mom..that means nothing to me...this country is going down under a mountain of debt, our economy is slowing sinking, we have an inbalance in our trade policies which is causing factories to close and move overseas, we grow the cotton and china makes the tee shirts...this is what is important to me..how many textile mills have closed in the augusta area or funiture stores in the south???, our dollar is weak, we are forced to pay china higher rates of intrests on our debt they are holding....again what is her stances on thngs that matter to this country?

christian134
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christian134 09/05/08 - 11:33 am
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Quite frankly it is great

Quite frankly it is great having this woman on board...She is strong, smart and full of spirit which is exactly what is needed...Obama/Biden or is it Biden/Obama...No No It has to be McCain and Palin ...:-)

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/05/08 - 11:38 am
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Again tell us what are the

Again tell us what are the views and how NObama plans to follow up with some of his policies. What are his qualifications? What experience does NObama have?

christian134
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christian134 09/05/08 - 11:40 am
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I second that statement The

I second that statement The Question and second and third your statement convertedsoutherner....Now we wait and see how they are going to squiggle out of the answers....

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/05/08 - 11:51 am
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The liberal media and NObama

The liberal media and NObama followers thought they would scare off this woman and their candidate could slither into office. I have never seen anything like this before and if this is an example of what the dim party has become, I'm glad I'm not a part of it. To go after a 17 yr old like they have because her mother is the candidate for VP shows their lack of respect for women. If you're a liberal woman hack, then you're off limits. This has been the most disgraceful display of arrogance, hate and fear that I've ever seen. Not just women should be outraged.

peace4784
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peace4784 09/05/08 - 12:29 pm
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You white hypocritical
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You white hypocritical so-called conservative bible thumpers, take note. it was you who disgraced women when the original Constitution was written. The white founding fathers considered women equal to a pair of shoes. The so-called church leaders endorsed this ungodly and inhuman mindset. At the same time the black man was considered three-fourths a human, sanction by the so-called white man of God. Now, look what has happened. A black man presidential nominee and a white female presidential nominee. The chickens have come home to roost. What goes around, comes around. The white man will reap what he has sown all over this world. Just like General Swartzkopf said, let God forgive you, we'll take care of the travel arrangements. The truth be known, the only people who are not for Barack Obama are bigots and racist. The only people who are against Sarah Palin are misogynist, women haters and fat, ugly women with low self-esteem. By the way, Obama will win by a landslide. McCain is just too old, too feeble and too white. The time of the dark man has arrived. Get used to it and be humble.

christian134
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christian134 09/05/08 - 12:37 pm
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OOoops the longer this goes

OOoops the longer this goes the more the blacks turn aside from the "oh poor is me" routine and show just how racist they are towards the white...This is not good folks...Not good...By the way can't stand Obama, can't stand blacks who are racist and claim to be loving folks, nor whites or anyone else that claim to be anything other than Americans...Can't "stand" for those who want to jump up and down yelling means just that can't stand it does not mean "hate"...Although I do hate liars, snakes and spiders...

peace4784
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peace4784 09/05/08 - 12:43 pm
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christian134, you obviously
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christian134, you obviously can't stand yourself because you are one of us. we all are full of feces. we are all part of the problem. we are all guilty. i will never forget how you white folks hung black humans because they had black skin. i will never forget,nor will i let you forget when you think you are so righteous.

peace4784
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peace4784 09/05/08 - 12:43 pm
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christian134, you obviously
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christian134, you obviously can't stand yourself because you are one of us. we all are full of feces. we are all part of the problem. we are all guilty. i will never forget how you white folks hung black humans because they had black skin. i will never forget,nor will i let you forget when you think you are so righteous.

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EJ 09/05/08 - 12:47 pm
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peace4784 said: "The time of

peace4784 said: "The time of the dark man has arrived. Get used to it and be humble." We may or may not have to get "used to it"........but we don't have to nor do we intend to be humble. AND you're mighty cocky there aren't you, thiking Obama "will win by a landslide". I hope you have something to say if the "old, too feeble and too white" McCain wins, but like most Dems, when proven wrong, they just shut up. Oooops, shut up........that's not ALL bad!

christian134
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christian134 09/05/08 - 12:49 pm
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:-) peace4784

:-) peace4784

EJ
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EJ 09/05/08 - 12:52 pm
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peace4784, I've never

peace4784, I've never personally hung black humans and I doubt that Christian ever has either. I've never known anyone who did. Oooooooh, wait.......you're talking about many, many, many years ago??????? Most of us have moved on since those times, maybe you need to also. I'm wondering if you ever knew anyone who was hung by a "white folk" Get over it, stop being a victim and move up into the 21st century with the rest of us!

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christian134 09/05/08 - 12:52 pm
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I never hung anyone

I never hung anyone peace...Nor did I own anyone....Nope never ever did....

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/05/08 - 12:57 pm
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Please tell us what

Please tell us what experience and qualifications that the "dark man" has. What are the policies and plans of NObama?

peace4784
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peace4784 09/05/08 - 12:58 pm
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i am not cocky, i just know
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i am not cocky, i just know something that you obviously don't know. and, one day you will be humble while calling on your god who will be a no-show. i am who i am. never thought a black man would occupy the white house, did you? thats only the beginning of what is to come. you people had better open your eyes.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 09/05/08 - 12:58 pm
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The latest rumor: Mrs.

The latest rumor: Mrs. Paylin will resign as nominee for vice president for the Republican Party within 3 weeks.

christian134
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christian134 09/05/08 - 01:01 pm
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And people like RCR, shivas

And people like RCR, shivas and others yell at us for being racist...My goodness peace get a grip person...It really sounds somewhat like terroristic threats huh.....

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/05/08 - 01:01 pm
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I heard that NObama is trying

I heard that NObama is trying to get rid of NObiden.

EJ
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EJ 09/05/08 - 01:01 pm
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HAHAHAHA peace4784. I'm

HAHAHAHA peace4784. I'm guessing 4784 is your birthdate! YOU, my dear, have a LOT to learn in life. No, I never thought a black man would occupy the white house in my lifetime, but not for the reasons YOU think. Having said that, there are many other much more qualified black men who could occupy it, Obama's just not one of them!

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/05/08 - 01:03 pm
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peace must be NObama that

peace must be NObama that sits at the temple, parts the seas and rules over the people because knows you will be humble while calling on your god.

peace4784
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peace4784 09/05/08 - 01:05 pm
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obama's policy is
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obama's policy is rockefeller's policy. everyone will be micro-chipped by the end of 2009. we all will be electronically shackeled to the economic and financial beast.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/05/08 - 01:07 pm
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The dims can't believe that

The dims can't believe that everyone won't just fall at the feet of the annointed one and be one of his followers. If they don't then they have to be racist. A mind is a terrible thing to waste so why don't you try to use it?

peace4784
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peace4784 09/05/08 - 01:07 pm
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continue to be ignorant at
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continue to be ignorant at your own peril.

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