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What do the folks back in Wasilla, Alaska, think of Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech last night before the Republican National Convention?

The local newspaper, the Wasilla Frontiersman, has this story with some interviews from an excited crowd at Tailgaters, a local watering hole where many watched the speech.

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If there was any lingering doubt, after Bill Clinton’s speech in support of the young, black, one-term junior senator from Illinois, that he  could be a competent commander-in-chief, the show of support by a parade of retired generals may have erased those doubts for Barak Obama.
Speaking for the generals, who were introduced by Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of one of the great Republican presidents of the 20th century, Maj. Gen. J. Scott Gration said he had travelled with and had been impressed by the young Illinois senator. He said he admired his judgment, integrity, and that Obama had shown he understands the threats to America in the 21st century.
Just before, former Vice-president Al Gore reminded the crowd of 80,000 people at Mile High Stadium in Denver that another Illinois member of Congress had served eight years in the Illinois legislature, like Obama had, and hadn’t done so badly as a wartime commander-in-chief. That was the first of two references to Abraham Lincoln, an eloquent  man in an eloquent time, during the evening.
Gore spoke, as expected on the 21st century threat of global warming, but also reminded Americans of the Latin motto on the dollar, E Pluribus Unum, Out of Many, One, meaning every kind of American is one of us. The crowd was, after all, to witness an historic event. The first black man in American history to be nominated for president.
In the remaining few minutes before Obama’s acceptance speech, a half-dozen ordinary people, dressed living-room casually, pledged their support.
In one of the best speeches of the convention, brief though it was, a life-long Republican, Pam Cash-Roper, a retired nurse, said even though she worked in health care she could not afford health care. Her husband needed open heart surgery five years before and lost his job. With that job went the family’s health insurance. Then she got sick. Bills overwhelmed them.
“I can’t afford four more years like this. Can’t do it. Can’t do it,” she said.

That was the very sentiment Obama expanded upon in his acceptance speech, attacking the Republicans, mocking the trickle-down theory of Reaganomics, expressing concern for lost wages, exported jobs. In the lead-up to his speech on presented video, and in his speech, he told the crowd and the television audience that he understood and he was one of them and that the Republicans had failed them all.
“It is time for them to own their failure,” he said.
Expressing genuine respect for McCain’s military service, he stood above politics for a moment, with the words, “Patriotism has no party.”
But he noted that McCain’s voting record matched the politics of President G.W. Bush 90 per cent of the time.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to take a 10 per cent chance on change.”
The crowd roared.
The end of the speech was a reminder that day was the fourty-fifth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech in Washington. His voice rose and one half-expected to hear him actually say those words, but he didn’t. But there is little doubt that most, if not all, of the 80,000 in that stadium thought it.

The Clinton’s double-teamed the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
The speech by Hillary Clinton Tuesday asked for Democrats to unite behind Obama, even declaring “Barak Obama is my candidate” but it was not a personal endorsement. It was a professional endorsement.
Just enough of her speech was self-promotion, what she worked for, what she would do as president, to keep the door ajar should something go wrong in November.
It was husband Bill the following night who made the personal endorsement, the former president nailing the questions on every delegates’ mind. Do you think Obama too young, too inexperienced? Do you think he can take that 3:00 a.m. telephone call? Do you think he has a good grasp of the issues?
Hillary stepped to the podium first, but answered none of those questions.
Instead, she strongly emphasized the need to elect a Democrat was urgent.

“This is a fight for the future. And it’s a fight we must win.
I haven’t spent the past 35 years in the trenches advocating for children, campaigning for universal health care, helping parents balance work and family, and fighting for women’s rights at home and around the world … to see another Republican in the White House squander the promise of our country and the hopes of our people.
And you haven’t worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last eight years, to suffer through more failed leadership.
No way. No how. No McCain.
Barack Obama is my candidate. And he must be our president.

The “No way, no how, no McCain” sound bite effectively distances her from her diehard supporters, some of whom have said they will vote for McCain rather than vote for Obama.
To emphasize the urgency of making certain every vote was needed, toward the end of her speech, she said:

“We are Americans. We’re not big on quitting.
But remember, before we can keep going, we have to get going by electing Barack Obama president.
We don’t have a moment to lose or a vote to spare.
Nothing less than the fate of our nation and the future of our children hang in the balance.”

Mid-speech, for 10 paragrahs, she told the convention why she ran for president. The list ended with these words and it was very cleverly done.

“Most of all, I ran to stand up for all those who have been invisible to their government for eight long years.
Those are the reasons I ran for president. Those are the reasons I support Barack Obama. And those are the reasons you should too.
I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him?”

One of the biggest complaints of Clinton was that she did not know when to quit, or when to bow out gracefully, that she thought the fight for the nomination was all about her and that the party came second, that she could not do the math, never knew when she had lost.
Those complaints came early. Canadian columnist Diane Francis pointed out during the race that Clinton was a spoiler and just didn’t care.

The convention was provided theatre when the state-by-state roll call, declaring who had won how many delegates, was expectedly halted by Sen. Clinton when it was New York’s turn. She asked the roll call be halted to make Obama the choice by acclamation.

It took husband Bill to make the personal endorsement in his speech, and to use the words of CTV’s Tom Clark at the convention, the former president “swallowed himself whole” in his full-throated, whole-hearted, support of Obama.

“And so, my fellow Democrats, I say to you: Barack Obama is ready to lead America and to restore American leadership in the world.
Barack Obama is ready to honor the oath, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Barack Obama is ready to be president of the United States.”

He kicked away that 3:00 a.m. ad to say Obama was up for the job, by saying he, too, was criticized as a young newcomer to presidential politics.

“My fellow Democrats, 16 years ago, you gave me the profound honor to lead our party to victory and to lead our nation to a new era of peace and broadly shared prosperity.
Together, we prevailed in a hard campaign in which Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief.
Sound familiar?”

Obama, who made a suprise appearance after Joe Biden’s speech that mixed family pride with his apparent role as Democrat campaign attack dog, invited everyone to Mile High Stadium where he will speak tonight before 70,000 people to wrap up the now unified delegates.


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