Palin’s Speech

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.

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12 Responses to Palin’s Speech

  1. alcamadus says:

    McCain will have a hard time against the old factor. However, it is still rather shallow to base your voting (not that you are, but “you” in general) on age, looks, or even color! FDR had polio and led the free world to victory. Abraham Lincoln was ugly as sin, but he put the Union back together again. But, that’s the world we live in today and its hard escaping it.

  2. Actually I like all four presidential contenders.

    McCain is a maverick.
    Palin is inexperienced, but a quick study, and nobody’s fool.

    Obama is dedicated to helping Americans on the home front.
    Biden has a long history of experience with foreign affairs.

    What it comes down to for me is:
    => WHICH CANDIDATES PROMISE TO END THE HUNDREDS
    OF BILLIONS OF OF DOLLARS BEING POURED DOWN
    THE DRAIN in Iraq, and which want to continue the war effort,
    no end, no horizon in sight.

    For that crucial issue, the Obama team wins hands down.
    Sorry, Sarah!

  3. Bart says:

    Thanks for your comments…

    @alcamadus:

    Voting for candidates based on looks, gender, etc, is shallow, but it’s also a fact of American political life. My worry with McCain’s age isn’t that he looks ‘unpresidential,’ it’s that he looks like he’s already on that downward path that most people take as they get older. My grandparents went from being independent, sharp folks to barely mobile, feeble people in a few years’ time, and they didn’t have to worry about running the free world.

    Both running for president and being president is an incredibly taxing experience, both physically and mentally. There are already rumblings out there that McCain’s mental capacity may be showing some holes… this is magnifies that for me.

    @christianliberal
    I agree with your assessment of who will end the Iraq war. I still think McCain has had a lot of the maverick beaten out of him by the RNC in the last few months, but that’s beside the point. I think our situation both at home and abroad will be better served by the Democratic ticket, and I’m not inclined to reward the GOP for 8 years of mismanagement by giving them another 4.

  4. mike says:

    “Jesus was a community organizer. Pontius Pilate was a governor,”

    Here’s the source: http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/09/04/palin-palooza-wrap-up/

    But I’ll take the cred of a ‘community’ organizer over a governor most days.
    Been enjoying the blog, even though I haven’t been commenting.

    Cue the wingnuts to continue comparing Obama to the Jesus, that rock star celebrity of yore, and liberals, democrats, and independents sheep for following him. It saddens me that John McCain has walked the path he has. He had such promise in 2000… I liked him for what he was trying to do in that cycle (even though I identify with the left – but he’s shown his true colors over and over again pandering the the RNC power machine – and I wonder what happened to his honor and dignity (that he loves to trot out at any moment) that he could hug W after what the campaign did to him during the primaries… sad.

    The Obama campaign has been a bit quiet of late. Here’s hoping they stick to the high road and work on the issues, the honesty, and the character of those they are campaigning against. Here’s hoping their doing their homework, quiet like, and will slowly, quietly, and surely find the chinks in the armor of this curveball and chip away at it… and here’s hoping that the energy that started in Denver (in what I thought was several nights of great speeches) continues on once the volume of sideshow Sarah is met with metered, professional, and relentless pressure.

  5. Bart says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how the Democrats handle things… the standard Republican tactic for the last few election cycles has been to get nasty and demonize the opponent rather than talk about the issues. This will be especially true now since most Americans feel the country is not on the right path, and it’s been the Republicans in power for the last 8 years. In 2000 & especially 2004, the Democrats got hammered via Swift Boating and similar tactics… they need to figure out how to effectively respond to those attacks without getting dragged into the mud.

  6. Rebecca says:

    Even if I liked Palin (I don’t) I wouldn’t vote for her because of her religion. No, I don’t have a problem with Christians; just with Pentecostals. My mother converted to them several years before she died. This is a sect that thinks they need to do whatever they can to bring on the apocalypse. I don’t want that woman anywhere near the red button.

    For that matter, even if I liked McCain, he’s a man who by his own admission is rash, impulsive, and has a nasty temper. I don’t want him near the red button either.

    Not that I expect Obama to be much better. But at least he won’t nuke Iran for the sole reason that their President calls him a name!

  7. Burdock says:

    Palin seems to be very fascinating but quite frightening. If even a tenth of the news about her floating around out there is accurate, she is much too fanatical for me. The news about her trying to get a librarian fired for not removing a book really makes my skin boil. Also for attacking Obama for being a community organizer is just wrong. That’s like attacking McCain for being in the armed forces.

  8. Congrats !
    You nailed it in your first comment. Now we know she can sing a song (give a good speech), but who told her what to say ? Answer – George Bush’s old speechwriter. Actually, Palin reminded me of Governor Bush .. just a nice guy that you’d want to have a beer with (or in Palin’s case, dress a moose.) Qualified to be VP — hardly.
    Have you seen Anne Kilkenny’s commentary in the Seattle paper (since it was printed I presume that they must have confirmed her identity.) It’s an interesting read … she is just one person with an opinion but it is based on her story she was very involved in the city.

    Your also correct that this was not a maverick pick by McCain … actually, if you look at most of McCain’s maverick issues are actually where he is embracing what the majority of people already think … so he is not facing uphill battle … he already has the people on his side – just not all the Republicans … he can’t lose.

    After watching some of Palin’s debates, the next big press applause lines will be after the VP debate … she can’t lose unless as the moderator will probably not ask any questions that she does not have ready-made responses.

  9. Tom G says:

    Hi All:

    This is my first post and I look forward to some spirited responses.

    I liked her speech; in fact if she were running against anyone else I know I would probably vote for her instead of our current batch of politicians. Some lie, some cheat and steal while others do all of these and we the American people let them get away with it.

    Here’s the latest – good old Freddy and Fanny just added $14,000 to your tax bill according to what I’ve read and heard on the news today. And what really shocks me is that no one is standing on the steps of the White House carrying a sign in protest. Let’s see $14,000 divided by 60 months is $233.33/mo w/o interest you just lost in pay. I guess if the $233/mo was directly deducted from your paycheck people might view it differently. But politicians are not stupid just sneaky.

    Yup you guessed it – I’m feed up with both the Democrats and Republicans so I have a few questions to spark the debate.

    1. Why are we the American people setting here typing on blogs when we should be protesting at the White House and writing letters to Congress?

    2. Why do we allow our government officials to have preferential retirement and medical plans when most of ‘we the people’ have to live with Medicare?

    3. And finally, if I had to choose a candidate today for a president I would start over since I don’t like any of the candidates. I would give the perspective candidates a test on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The top 10 with the highest scores would be forwarded to round 2 where they would have demonstrate their ability to lead and manage a budget. How many of our current so called leaders do you think would pass the test? LOL

    Tom G
    retired Quality Engineer living in Lake Havasu City, AZ
    tomgarven@hotmail.com

  10. mike says:

    “1. Why are we the American people setting here typing on blogs when we should be protesting at the White House and writing letters to Congress?”

    @TomG – packing your suitcase anytime soon?

  11. Bart says:

    Hello Tom, thanks for your comment.

    With regards to your questions, I’ll bite.

    1. We Americans have become a very complacent people. We have divided into a governing class and a governed class, and those who rule are mighty happy that most of the rest of us are hard to rile up. For those who do get worked up, the latest trends in the militarization of the police serve to deter a majority of those people from taking action. Unless things really get bad here, there will not be a critical mass of people sufficiently aroused to affect real change. The smallish crowds we see on TV are easily controlled, tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed and arrested. Letter writing is usually a waste of time. Money talks. If you want change, you usually have to pay for it just like corporate lobbyists do. The two-party system works… mostly to keep those who control those two parties in charge. We are told politics is the struggle between right and left, when for the most part it’s really the elite versus the herd. Ever wonder why Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush are such good chums now?

    2. The same reason we tolerate CEO’s of large corporations ‘earning’ huge salaries even when they do a terrible job of leading their company. Most people accept that life isn’t fair, and they’re just happy they even have a safety net like Medicare.

    3. I once saw a quote stating that those who are most fit to be president are too smart to want the job. About the only current candidate who might have passed your test was Ron Paul, and he made barely a ripple outside the internet.

  12. Tom G, says:

    To Mike and Bart:

    Thank you gentlemen for your comments. First Mike’s comments.
    Mike: Please send me a ticket’ I’m ready to go. Actually I am just kidding about the trip since I probably couldn’t carry a big enough sign to make much of a difference LOL I do however feel deep down in my heart that ‘we the people’ can still make a difference.

    Bart: Excellent post. After I retired I did some consulting at various corporations in the U.S. Many of the CEO and COO’s were as you described. However some were very different and I found those companies to be very well run or at least within budget. Those leaders realized that only three things were important in business – your people – your customers – and your bottom line. The really good leaders found a way to achieve the right balance and were generally very successful. You would also be amazed at the number of middle managers or junior executives that do not understand these basic business principles.

    I know I am somewhat of a dreamer LOL but I want my next president and vice president to have a good balance between ‘the people’, ‘it’s customers and ‘the bottom line’. My vote will go to the team that most closely meets my fantasy and it won’t make any difference to me what party they belong to.

    Tom G.

    Living in Arizona – the would be solar capital of the world if we could just get our senator John McCain to vote and actively support it.

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