An able communicator with a likable style, Sarah Palin did an excellent job of setting before the American people the goals and values of the Republican ticket in her convention speech tonight.
Plus moment: I did laugh at the pit bull/hockey mom joke:
Q. What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?
Minus moment: Maybe because it's a temptation I'm all too frequently led into myself, I thought she stepped over the line from pointed to snarky a few too many times. The sarcasm didn't become her.
Her job was to energize the social conservative base and she certainly did that -- but it creeped me out when she slammed Obama with this quote: "Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America; he's worried that someone won't read them their rights."
Wow. I guess I really AM a bleeding heart liberal ... because it turns out I'm worried about anybody who thinks that anybody's constitutional rights are fair game to be dismissed when politically expedient -- not to even get me started on the "terrorists-are-out-to-get-you-fear-mongering" that has been a chief characteristic of the last 8 disastrous years.
I guess what we're looking at is Culture Wars 2.0
So here's what I'm thinking: Sarah Palin did her job of mobilizing the social conservative base of the Republican Party and she did it really well. What she ALSO did was point out to anyone who might be on the fence -- not yet sold on Obama and asking if a McCain administration would really be that bad -- that the answer is ... clearly ...
Yes, Yes it would!