Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Sarah Palin speech

An interesting exhibit. The Party of Lincoln reduced to 20,000 people chanting "Drill baby drill" and "Zero". She never once made a positive case for her own credentials as a vice presidential candidate, at least no case that wouldn't apply to any other mayor of a town of 10,000 people. She became noticeably detached from the speech -- segments of which were written for a generic candidate -- on the foreign policy and tax sections. She and Dick Cheney now have a weird bond since his sneering at energy conservation was matched by hers at community work, although she merely took the baton from Rudy Giuliani in that regard. The speech even had a good jab at George Bush, tracing the opposition of special interests to McCain back to his primary campaign in 2000 -- the one won by Bush.

Finally, the full family on stage at the end, teen fiancé included, and Trig (the Down's baby) shown to everyone. In that sense, the content of the speech was irrelevant. The 20,000 true believers wanted signs.

UPDATE: One other thing -- guess who must share George Bush's pronunciation nucular?

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