Thursday, September 04, 2008

Palin nails it

Sure, I don't agree with everything she said, but her speech last night at the RNC showed she's ready to take on the big boys.
I think she handled the experience issue very well, discussing her reforms in Alaska, however slight they might be, and whacking Obama with the fact he's written two memoirs and no major laws at the Illinois or US Senate.
Bu where she really put it out of the park was on the class issue, making points that will resonate with working people, small-town Americans, and especially people who feel the political/media elite has erected a new, perktastic governing class closed to outsiders and financed with high taxes. She was small-town and working America speaking to urban power and privilege. She very quickly sewed up the social conservative vote and probably landed everyone who voted for Ross Perot.
What many commentators don't realize is that many Americans have been down the same road as Palin: small town or backwater roots, not a lot of money, not a lot of connections, maybe a few family challenges. She's got a husband with a dirty job, a daughter who's knocked up, and she comes from a town with a city hall that's not nearly as architecturally interesting as Obama's columned backdrop.
She used all those things as weapons and challenged established power -- political and media -- far more than Obama ever has.
There are a lot of things I disagree with her on, but I'm beginning to wonder whether John McCain just pulled off one of the sharpest political moves in history, deliberately or not.

After several days of the type of attack detailed here, I think people are going to start feeling pretty protective of Palin. It's almost as though the media has no concept of sympathy, something Palin, the two-fisted so-con governor who advocates drilling in the Alaska Wildlife Refuge, might never have received without the media's huge mis-step over her daughter's pregnancy.

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