Palin To Hit Media, Obama’s Experience In Tonight’s Speech

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Conventions, McCain, Palin, Republicans

Here are the excerpts being released so far…

On her experience as a public servant:

“I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better. When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too. 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 a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

On why she is going to Washington, D.C.:

“I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”

On energy policies that the McCain-Palin administration will implement:

“Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems – as if we all didn’t know that already. But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines…build more nuclear plants…create jobs with clean coal…and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.”

On John McCain:

“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.”

As I’ve said the past few days, until Palin actually answers the legitimate questions being posed to her, attacking the media is thin gruel. Some voters might buy that, but not many. Because people are still thinking to themselves, “Who is this person?” and that question needs to be answered before they’ll switch.

But will Palin’s lack of experience actually hurt Obama by bringing up parallels between the two? I don’t think so and here’s why…McCain has never had a problem being perceived as more experienced than Obama. But what he does have a problem with is enthusiasm and Palin essentially saying she’s not really all that experienced either won’t exactly make voters stream to the polls to usher in a McCain presidency.

And honestly, the only person who will be able to make voters excited about a McCain presidency will be John McCain himself. So, in that regard, his campaign has put too much heavy lifting on Sarah Palin’s speech tonight for it to succeed in the way it’s designed to.

More soon…


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5 Responses to “Palin To Hit Media, Obama’s Experience In Tonight’s Speech”

  1. Joshua Says:

    I’m watching the undercard speeches tonight as I type this. Mitt Romney, meh. Mike Huckabee, moving but not really stirring. Rudy Giuliani’s next.

    I, too want to hear Gov. Palin speak for herself before pronouncing her the GOP’s next Ronald Reagan, or even their version of Barack Obama, as some righty bloggers and commentators elsewhere already have. Right now her star is rising at least as fast as Obama’s did during the primaries, but as Obama himself found out this summer, there’s no telling how long the honeymoon will last.

  2. BBQ Says:

    Well she seems to do exactly what I thought she could do. She absolutely has the base excited. Pawlenty wouldn’t have done that and Lieberman would have led to a convention fight. She doesn’t help most independents I would assume but in the end it’s probably McCain who would have had to do that anyways. I don’t know many indies that vote for someone because of the undercard. They are voting for the top of the ticket. As long as she doesn’t scare away too many people it seems she still is a good pick. But your right Justin she has to prove it during this next few weeks and months.

  3. Joshua Says:

    Palin impressed me. Again, like Obama’s speech last week, it wasn’t quite a grand slam, but she definitely established herself as a tough but genuinely likable candidate. While she spoke at length about her family (but not Bristol’s pregnancy) and her small-town background, she stopped well short of any explicit culture-war rhetoric, but she didn’t hesitate to attack the Obama campaign with gusto. It seems to me that’s her real value to McCain, her ability to play the anti-Obama, and to win “hearts and minds” among Republican voters, particularly younger ones, in a way that the doddering McCain is hard-pressed to do.

    She could have done without McCain’s little cameo at the end, though.

  4. Ed Says:

    I’m sure the right wing will go ga-ga over her speech, and the pundits will applaud her for her feistiness. But unlike Obama’s, it’s not going to win over any converts. Strictly red meat for the base, and came off sounding overly condescending and mean-spirited, and not very professional. As someone on another site said, it sounded more appropriate for a keynote speaker, not someone who is trying to sound presidential.

    Since McCain himself is not going to wow anyone with his speech, this was the Republican’s big chance to pull in moderate Dems and Independents, and I just don’t think that was accomplished.

  5. berlet98 Says:

    SLIMES AND TRUTHS

    In the SLIME Department:

    Palin’s “affair” (according to the National Enquirer: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/09/03/politics/fromtheroad/entry4413030.shtml.

    The Enquirer responds, noting it’s “an incredible charge:” http://drudgereport.com/flash3ne.htm.

    In the TRUTH Department:

    Ann Coulter on why “The Best Man Turned Out To Be a Woman:” http://www.anncoulter.com/.

    “She Did It Her Way:”

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080904/D92VL6D00.html.

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