by Sharon Soon | September 4, 2008 4:28 pm
I know everybody’s already talking (and raving) about it, but I figure I’d capture some of my favorite highlights from Sarah Palin’s blow-out acceptance speech last night. With the whole country watching to see if she, as a newcomer to Washington, would pass the test, Palin exceeded expectations and left her audience and even the media in awe. Even the media seemed impressed
My favorite quotes:
Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election: In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.
I can just picture cocky Barack Obama with his jaw dropping. She sees right through his phony proclamations of “change.”
Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess – I guess a small-town mayor if sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.
Spoken with just the right combination of truth and condescension.
Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reason, and not just to mingle with the right people. Politics isn’t just a game of clashing parties and competing interests.The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good and to leave this nation better than we found it.
Our opponents say again and again that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems, as if we didn’t know that already. But the fact — the fact that drilling, though, won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.
This one’s a no-brainer, liberals.
Now, I’ve noticed a pattern with our opponent, and maybe you have too. We’ve all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers, and there is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or even a reform, not even in the state senate.
Brilliant. I can’t believe no one’s ever pointed this out before…
For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words. But for a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.
Over the past two years, few have been able to articulate Barack Obama’s shortcomings as clearly and insightfully as Palin did in last night’s speech. Even more, she responded to his attacks on both her and her running mate, turning Obama’s desperate attempts to invalidate her nomination into petty, hypocritical claims. And she managed to show the country that she wasn’t nominated simply on a whim, but had the strength of character, wisdom, and record (as short as it may be) to qualify as a national leader.
In just a few days, Sarah Palin has sparked a buzz around conservatives and liberals alike all around the country, with people from every ideology wanting to learn more about her and see whether she can stand up to the challenges of running on a ticket with McCain and against Obama. Thus far, she’s exceeded expectations and given new hope and motivation to the Republican Party. She’s suddenly rallied together the conservative base, women from all over the spectrum, and just about everyone disillusioned with “the Establishment” in Washington. And the more we learn of her, the more we like her. It turns out McCain might not have such poor judgment after all.
Cross-posted at Conservatives with Attitude!
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