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Palin delivers with speech

Posted on: September 4, 2008

Every great speech has its memorable one-liner.
Sarah Palin’s speech to the Republican National Convention had more than one, but the stand-out was a self-description, a teaser one-liner delivered like a joke.
“What’s the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom? Lipstick.”
They say writers should write what they know. The same thing can be said about politicians. Palin played it smart and talked about family, small town values and energy.
She not only struck a cord, and not only met expectations, she told Americans she understood them, she was one of them. She exceeded expectations with the most important speech of the convention and of her life. If she didn’t hit a home run, McCain would be stranded on base.
Palin hit a home run.
“Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, not just to mingle with the right people,” Palin said. Her small town background didn’t show when she began mixing it up with her big-time opponents, reminding the crowd that Obama had written two memoirs but not a single law.
A sign in the audience read, “Straight talk” and she gave it.
“The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery,” Palin said, asking after the Democrats took their “styrofoam Greek columns” back to a studio lot, after being used at their convention in Denver, the Democrats plan for America were unclear.
In response to her criticism about her lack of foreign policy experience, she spoke about her concerns of new Russian energy aggressiveness in being overly ready to turning down the oil taps in the new pipelines stemming from it and the unfriendliness of Venezuela.
She wanted it understood that she understands oil and the geopolitics of it.
Wanting new energy sources is not an excuse to do nothing, Palin said, trumpeting the TransCanada Corporation’s $40 billion natural gas pipeline that will take Alaskan gas south to the lower 48.
She spoke of the small-town gas station of her sister and brother in law- the message is that she understands small business owners. She spoke of her son in the infantry going off to Iraq on September 11, eight days from now.
Palin’s well-delivered message was ‘I am one of you’.
On another channel before Palin spoke, Jay Leno already had his Palin one-liners in.
“This might be the first time a beauty contestant might actually bring us world peace. They’ve been talking about it for years.”
There were favourable optics during the speech. Family members holding the five-month old baby in turn, the youngest of Sarah and Todd Palin’s children, as Sarah Palin made her speech of a lifetime. One daughter (was it Willow?) holding the baby, then Todd, then the youngest daughter, repeatedly wiping her palm with her tongue to slick down the baby’s hair, Todd’s practiced “first guy” wave to the crowd when he was introduced by his wife on stage, and the look in his face of genuine admiration when John McCain stepped on stage and Todd Palin shook his hand.
It is interesting that Palin’s speech had leaning references to the Democrats. The term “profile in courage” is one letter away from book title written by John Kennedy.She also compared her unlikely rise from a small town to be chosen as the vice-presidential nominee to that of Independence, Missouri’s Harry Truman.
Sarah Palin hit a home run with her speech, energizing a dreary convention and easily putting to rest any concerns she might not be up to the challenge of the American presidential race she is fully in now.

The big proof Palin’s speech was a home run? Cindy McCain actually showed emotion at the end as she applauded.

The biggest surprise. Any thought that Palin is a lightweight with less experience (read “executive” experience) than Obama or Biden who has been in the Senate since 1972 and is well versed in foreign policy. The crowd chanted “zero, zero” several times, on message to point out Palin has governing executive experience, as a mayor and state governor, a claim neither Obama or Biden can make. Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle made that point in her address before Palin spoke. Palin described her two terms as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska as being “sort of like a community organizer” but with “responsibilities”, a shot at Obama, who has made much of his Chicago work as a community organizer after graduating from Harvard.

Another thought: One part of the speech might bite Palin back. She trumpeted that she turned down the $329 million “bridge to nowhere” link between Ketchikan, Alaska with its island airport on Gravina Island, when news reports have already established she ran for governor supporting it, and Congress had abolished the earmark before she decided she was against the project. A regular ferry service runs between the two points year round. Watch for Palin to have to answer questions on that one in the coming days.

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