This report pretty much echoes my own sentiment after watching Palin last night. She's a great little Teleprompter reader, and she reads the stand-up comedy one-liners fed to her by the McCain speech writing team like a champ, but other than her ability to smirk on cue there wasn't much to brag about in her speech - just 'more of the same' attack lines, interspersed with 'more of the same' applause lines.
The speech was pre-written before Palin got the nod, by the way...
Not anticipating that McCain would choose a woman as his running mate, the speech that was prepared in advance was "very masculine," according to campaign manager Rick Davis, and "we had to start from scratch."
So what we saw last night was pretty much Sarah Palin's delivery - not Sarah Palin's views on the issues. The substance of the speech was pre-written and then re-written, and interspersed with personal facts and info about Palin and her bulldog's lipstick -- or something...
Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's dazzling smile and rhetorical stiletto may have thrilled the Republican National Convention last night. But Democrats panned her performance Thursday, saying the main things she proved is that she can deliver a good speech, she can parrot Bush-McCain attack lines and she isn't ready to be vice president.
"She mastered the words written by the Bush speech writers and delivered them well," said Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, adding that the speech was a string of partisan attacks "that we've heard before... Unfortunately, that's what locks D.C. into the paralysis that's been there for years."
The same old attack-dog politics, wrapped in an Alaskan, backwoods small-town, charming shell -- all form -- no substance -- just like the new Republican platform for "change."
How ironic - more of the same wrapped in lies about "change"....
But clearly McCain is attempting to shore up his crumbling base, so he kowtowed as only a
maverick sidekick can...
"John McCain bowed to the right wing of his party in this really misguided, bad judgment choice. He had a lot of other women in the Republican Party that are well qualified to run as vice president of the United States. Sarah Palin is clearly not one of them," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla.
And as I've been showing in other posts, there is a definite "victim" policy that's rolled out from the GOP camp, to no avail.
The McCain team deployed women surrogates yesterday to argue that Ms. Palin has been subjected to sexism this week amid fierce questions about her experience, and judgmental commentary about her ability to juggle five children and the job of vice president. So it was noteworthy that Democrats' first salvo the morning after her speech featured prominent female Obama supporters.
They said Ms. Palin made no headway with female voters.
"American women... are more interested in champions for causes that women think are important, starting with the war in Iraq," Ms. Sebelius said.
Cindy "pill-popper" McCain is the lead surrogate on this "Victim" push.
More: Palin is using her new found "victim" status as a fundraising appeal:
In a fundraising letter issued Thursday, she [Palin] wrote that "the Obama-Biden Democrats have been vicious in their attacks directed toward me, my family and John McCain. The misinformation and flat-out lies must be corrected."
and then her campaign quickly corrected her:
But her spokeswoman said Obama's campaign was not responsible, even though a Palin fundraising letter named the Democratic ticket with the words: "the Obama-Biden Democrats have been vicious in their attacks directed toward me, my family and John McCain."
Which shows that in her rush to be the victim, Sarah Palin unfairly smeared the Obama campaign with an outright lie.
Way to go Sarah - the rednecks will cheer you on for that one! She really knows how to rally the conservative base - tell lies about the Democrats!
Update: Obama responds to Palin's criticisms:
Sen. Barack Obama dismissed the harsh criticism fired his way last night at the Republican convention as part of the problem in politics, asserting this afternoon, "At some point we've got to stop that and get serious."
Speaking to a group of factory workers at a hydropower equipment plant, Obama refused to address Gov. Sarah Palin's mocking assessment of his background and political rise. When a member of the audience asked him to weigh in on the resume issue, Obama responded, "I'll let Governor Palin talk about her experience, I'll talk about mine."
But he rebuked the GOP in general for focusing almost exclusively on biography in St. Paul, Minn., and for attempting to redraw old partisan lines.
"You wouldn't know that this is such a critical election by watching the convention last night," said Obama. "I know we had our week, and the Republicans deserve theirs, but it's been amazing to me to watch over the last two nights."
He continued: "You're hearing a lot about John McCain, and he's got a compelling biography as a prisoner of war. You're hearing an awful lot about me, most of which is not true. What you're not hearing is a lot about you."
... and finally let's give the last word to Bill O'Reilly, and quote what Bill had to say on Wednesday before Palin's speech:
Now, the big advantage Gov. Palin has is you. Millions of Americans will be watching her Wednesday night, and she has a tremendous opportunity to sell herself as a competent, astute public official and a champion of the traditional point of view.
Mrs. Palin should devote all of her time to introducing herself. She should not attack Barack Obama. That would be foolish because at this point she doesn't have enough credibility to do that.
Again, Americans need to know as much about Mrs. Palin as possible. She should concentrate on that.
Naw, Bill - the GOP agenda is to go light on the issues and go heavy on the attacks, cause it's all about changing the way we do politics in America -- and as we've seen -- Republicans just don't know how...
And at the bottom line, Palin's speech was good news for Team Obama:
Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is bringing in campaign cash for the Democrats as well as her own party.
Barack Obama reported raising at least $10 million from more than 130,000 donors today after Palin, the Alaska governor, addressed the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, and criticized the Democratic presidential nominee.
``Sarah Palin's attacks have rallied our supporters in ways we never expected,'' Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said. ``And we fully expect John McCain's attacks tonight to help us make our grassroots organization even stronger.''
The money followed an e-mail solicitation campaign manager David Plouffe sent out right after Palin's speech.
Expect another big day for Obama following John McSame's attacks tonight.
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