September 4, 2008

I had a chance to watch once again Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech from last night. I wanted to see it removed from “the moment” and all the accolades it had received just afterwards. I think my original impressions were validated – this was a very fine speech; but watching it again I was amazed at just how political a speech it was, and how cutting her remarks about Barack Obama were. If Rudy Giuliani’s keynote speech had softened up the beast, Palin’s speech carved it up like a Thanksgiving Day turkey, leaving nothing more than the skin and bones. This wasn’t just fine theater, it was fine political theater, and from someone few people knew anything about. Somethink akin to David being called out of the Israeli dugout to slay Goliath.

And her marks cut, just like an uppercut out of nowhere. You know what I thought while watching her speech a second time? I thought of that marvelous scene in “Rocky”, where Apollo Creed and his advisors are all gathered around a table yucking it up while his trainer watches warily a clip of Rocky Balboa fighting on the television. His suggestion to Creed that he ought to come join him and look at what he’s seeing is met with deaf ears, and you can see the cause for concern on the trainer’s face. I could imagine Obama’s people doing the same thing as they watched Palin’s speech as perhaps their candidate yakked happily away on the phone or tinkered on his Blackberry. But back to the damage Palin’s speech did – you could tell the Obama people were caught off-guard by her remarks in the fact that their immediate response was not to criticize the content of her remarks (they finally got around to doing that today), but pointing out her speech was written by a (gasp!) professional speechwriter (as if Obama doesn’t employ his own!) Heh. Good comeback there.

But back to Palin’s speech. You know, there’s a fine line between sarcasm and snarkiness when you’re ridiculing someone, and on second hearing I thought at first she might have crossed the line a couple of times. But then I started thinking: who, in fact was she ridiculing to begin with? If it had been, say, a sitting President running for re-election, the tone of her remarks would most definitely not have worked or been appropriate. But she wasn’t talking about a sitting President, only one who thinks he already is, it’s just that the ballots haven’t been counted yet. Think about it: when you add up all of the Obama campaign’s actions since he went over the top in committed delegates, you see a campaign (one undoubtedly reflecting the person at the top) full of… er, hubris. (I was going to use another word.) The issue with the faux Presidential seal, his cause celebre tour of Europe culminating with that speech in Germany, the absurd (at least in my view) choice of setting and stage for his acceptance speech. All of which designed to show Obama – not America – as that shining city on a hill, drawing all his disciples from far and near.

But like a shining city glittering on an ocean coastline, Hurricane Sarah showed up and, like a storm pounding and thrusting against the shoreline, exposed its underlying weakness and left it damaged, if not in tattered ruins. You can’t blame Palin for this – these weaknesses (and she didn’t even get into the William Ayers connection!) could – indeed, should – have been exposed by a curious media doing its job instead of carrying his water throughout the Democratic primaries and after. Hillary Clinton laid the groundwork on several occasions, but the arrogance of the Obama campaign and his syncophants in both the mainstream dino-media and the progressive/liberal blogoshere helped dilute the effect, leaving Obama exposed to the haymakers thrown by Giuliani and Palin that hit and drew blood.

Of course, whether the damage caused to the Democrats by Palin and her now-rocketing popularity has any lasting effect is anyone’s guess. But we know she’s made an immediate impact when it comes to independent voters and the McCain campaign’s coffers – two areas not to be taken lightly. And today she’s stayed on the attack, just so everyone knows she’s no flash in the pan, someone to be pushed back into the shadows on the periphery of the campaign.

Where the Presidential campaign of 2008 goes from here is anyone’s guess. But you have to hand it to John McCain for finally figuring out a way to do something no one has been able to do since those heady “Obamamania” days of winter – that is, grab the headlines from the Obama campaign and put it off its stride. The Obama campaign now knows it can’t take Sarah Palin or the McCain campaign lightly anymore. And in this game of chess, the next move is theirs.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 10:08 | Comments Off on Hurricane Sarah Makes Landfall
No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.


Search The Site

Recent Items


September 2021
April 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006



4 Goodboys Only

Site Info