No mention of women's rights or any God talk. She talked directly to small town America and declared war on the MSM.
This was a home run and hits Obama from another direction. Kiss Montana, Colorado, and Nevada good-bye - it ain't gonna happen. North Carolina - not a chance in heck.
The battle will be against Obama's ground game and Palin's excited Christian conservative movement. Obama's get out the vote effort vs Palin's small town attack while targeting Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania - the states where this election will be won or lost. Most of all it will be how many votes Sarah can win from white working class women that voted for Hillary. I can predict Sarah will win the waitress vote by a landslide.
Tonight was won by Sarah Fair & Strong and by the women of America
1. Sarah Palin was never a member of the Alaska Independence Party, registered as a Republican since 1982. Holding my breath for the retraction from the New York Times and all media that repeated the lie.
2. Sarah Palin did not support Pat Buchanan for President in 2000, despite the Obama campaign official statement that connected Buchanan and his support of Nazi's in a PRESS RELEASE this morning, for god's sakes! Reported in the Anchorage paper at the time - apparently 'journalists' just took the word of a blog as the basis of their reporting! (Hell, who needs journalism school?)
To say a major backlash is developing is an understatement. After Palin's speech tomorrow night the world will look radically different for those who engage in gutter journalism.
I live in Wyoming and you could not be more wrong about Palin's impact on the ticket and in particular the western states.
Sarah Palin is a western woman. Born in Idaho and raised in Alaska. Hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, libertarian, Mom, pro-life, pro-drilling, anti-corruption, and it goes on and on.
Her selection is off the charts popular in rural Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico (and you can kiss thoughts of Montana good-bye).
This selection secures the west for McCain and there's not a darn thing Obama can do about it.
It's great fun to see the Dem's stutter and stumble in responding to the Palin pick. She has pluses and minus's but the real import of the selection is what I call the "Sarah the Game Change Neutralizer"
It is utterly hilarious to see the Dem's scramble as Sarah shocks their election daydreams.
First we hear she is another Quayle or even Spiro Agnew and then they see her Dayton appearance and the recent TV interviews and find a sharp,attractive,articulate, and strong woman. Nope, she ain't Dan Quayle and her personal story just goes on and on and on with attributes that attract important segments of the electorate.
The Dem's looking for a "Quayle" moment will not find it. Go to YouTube and bring up all of the video interviews of Gov. Palin, as I have, and watch an extremely talented pol do her work.
The Republican evangelical base is on fire, she will pull in new votes in the West (Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Montana), and her power in small town America will be over the top.
Let's look at what Palin brings to the table.
She's smart, articulate and attractive. That's all that matters for public office. That is what got Obama where he now is.
She has at least the same amount of experience as Obama and has no ties to terrorists or crazy Wright / Fleiger types. Same experience and less baggage.
She helps bring a little excitement to those that vote Republican yet are apathetical about McCain. All of those that traditionaly vote for the Right will love this woman. She'll cost the Republicans no votes. On the other hand there are women that will vote Republican this year just because this will move a woman closer to the Oval Office. How many will switch sides? We don't know. We'll find out after election day.
Then there are those that still love Hillary and want a woman in office. If McCain/Palin wins then it's likely Palin will run for President in 2012. This could be a Palin vs. Hillary contest. There are some women that would see this as a win win situation even if they favor Hillary. How many? We shall see.
Outstanding post. The first that I've seen on this board that 'Gets It' as Obama says...
The Palin pick is being misinterpreted using a rear-view mirror seeing the past as present. McCain is running against Washington and all of its corruptions - he truly intends to be a Teddy Roosevelt by pulling the rot out by the roots and that begins with his own Republican party.
What has Palin just done in Alaska? She has ripped the rotten Republican power structure to shreds and has placed the intrests of the people ahead of her own political career.
In the days and weeks ahead the Obama campaign will be taken to school once again (just like August, except with a Western woman's touch) and to a defeat that will crush the Democratic party into little bitty pieces.