I sat through Sarah Palin’s speech last night. A few observations…
- She’s a natural politician. I know she didn’t write the speech, but she delivered it well and did not flinch in the spotlight.
- The gloves are off… she went after Obama, his wife, and Democrats in general hard enough that the rest of the campaign will more than likely get nastier. Lucky us who will be deluged with even more commercial tripe on radio and television. I nominate October as the new national “Turn off your TV” month. She delivered a mocking, sarcastic speech that was red meat for the convention delegates.
- It’s interesting that we are supposed to leave candidates’ families alone, yet Palin made her family one of the main thrusts of her spiel. The TV cameras cut to scenes of her family seated with Cindy McCain constantly. You can’t have it both ways… either keep your family out of the spotlight, or put them in and deal with the scrutiny that comes with it.
- I got a huge laugh when the cameras showed Palin’s youngest daughter holding her baby brother. The scenes where she was licking her palm and then trying to comb the baby’s hair down was hilarious, and was when she was digging in his eye, and all the poor baby wanted was to sleep. I could totally see my son doing something similar…
- That poor bastard who knocked up Palin’s daughter looked like a deer in the headlights quite often. He’s probably wondering just what he’s gotten himself into.
- Palin has a tendency to jut her jaw out and squint her eyes when making a strong point about something. She did it multiple times last night, and each time she did it, I thought she looked like old pictures of Mussolini. That’s an un-P.C. comparison, I know, but it’s what popped into my mind… similar mannerisms.
- There should be a new drinking game… every time the words ‘Viet Nam’ or ‘Maverick’ is mentioned, everyone takes a shot of their favorite rot gut. No one questions McCain’s service in Viet Nam, but if he’s such a damn maverick, why didn’t he go with either Lieberman or the pro-choice Tom Ridge as VP? I personally think the choice of Palin was shoved down his throat. McCain appears to have sold out for a chance to get the presidency… some maverick.
- When McCain came out at the end of Palin’s speech, the main thing I thought was: “man… does he look old.” He looked more like a doddering senior citizen than a strong leader of the free world.
Those are the main things that jumped out at me… like most political speeches it was long on dramatics and short on specifics. I hope that both the GOP and Dems get grilled properly by the press at some point before November. Candidates promise the world, often with little or no clue as to how they would implement or pay for their programs.