What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick.
This sums up quite nicely what we saw from the Republican Vice Presidential nominee at her acceptance speech last night. We saw a proud mom and a doating wife. We saw an experienced executive. We saw a savy pol and a tenacious attacker. Gov. Sarah Palin is all of these things and it is driving the mainstream media, the Obama campaign, and the democratic party, nuts.
After three straight days of unmerciful media scrutiny in her professional record and personal life, where she was criticized for everything from a lack of experience on the political scene to a conspiracy to cover-up her daughter giving birth to a Down’s Syndrome baby to questioning whether she could be both a mother and a vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin came out swinging against B. Hussein Obama and the elite liberal media while charming the pants off of delegates in St. Paul and viewers all across the nation.
“And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone, ” she said. “But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”
Before her speech, critics were talking about how Joe Biden, the experienced politician and debater, could slice and dice an opponent while giving a wry smile. They were telling us to watch in October as he does the same to the neophyte Palin. After seeing how effective she was last night, I think Biden has met his match.
“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities,” barbed Palin. “I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening. We tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco”
Liberals couldn’t quite get their head around how the conservative base of the GOP was so excited over someone they had never heard of before. They were equally skeptical about how an avid pro-life and pro-gun Republican candidate could possibly peal away some disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters. They found out that its not because of her gender, its because she is REAL.
When introducing her husband to the crowd last night, she said “We met in high school, and two decades and five children later he’s still my guy.” Then she discussed her children, most specifically her much maligned son Trig, 5 months old, who has Down’s Syndrome.
“Our family has the same ups and downs as any other … the same challenges and the same joys. Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge,” said Palin. “And children with special needs inspire a special love. To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.”
People will be able to identify with Gov. Palin. She has a real family with real problems. Americans will identify with that. When they finally get to know her they will see that she is just like them. And that prospect scares the pants off the democratic party because in the silence and secrecy of the polling booth, Americans tend to vote for candidates that they like. America is going to love Sarah Palin. Conservatives already do.
Look, during the GOP primary, I was a Huckabee guy. When McCain ran away from the field, with the help of democrats and independents at the polls and an adoring media on the television, I contemplated not voting for President this year. He was the maverick, the guy who bucked his party and his president at every turn. He reached to the other side of aisle far too many times for my taste. In my opinion, he was a RINO (Republican In Name Only). I was convinced that he would lose this election handily and destroy the Republican Party for years to come.
However, after the emotions of the campaign died down and the adoring media turned its eyes away from McCain and to “The Messiah”, I took a second look at John McCain. I’ll admit now, I really liked what I saw. However, I still was uncomfortable with his prospects knowing that other conservatives in the party felt the same way I did. I knew that only a unified GOP could defeat Obama and I couldn’t see how the Maverick, with all his baggage, could do it.
Well, he did in one fell swoop. By selecting a bona fide social conservative like Palin, who is strong on life, guns, and other important social issues, he gave the base exactly what we felt we didn’t get from him. At the same time, her credentials with respect to reform, energy, and government spending, complimented perfectly some of the things we did love about McCain.
When the story of this election is written many years from now, two points in time will jump out as the turning points that propelled John McCain to the presidency: (1) His selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, and (2) Palin knocking the cover off of the ball at the 2008 GOP Convention.