Well, I wasn't planning on Sarah Palin's speech tonight but I realized that I really don't know jack about her and need to start learning more. Biden has a much longer history so I can hunt up lots of information on him in my spare time. Anyway, I gotta say that I was pretty disappointed in her speech. It wasn't due to the things I expected either. Sure, she took shots at Obama and the Democrats in general, but that's the advantage you get of having your convention second.
Here is the stuff I was disappointed in:
Palin commented on how people had written off McCain at the start of the election season and how had survived it to become the nominee. Well, the thing is as someone who used to like McCain a lot I saw this stuff took note of it in my mind. Palin seemed to be trying to paint it as though the media (likely the "leftist media if she had talked") and the other party were the ones who did it. Sorry, but while they may have made such comments the worst I remember came from McCain's own party, the Republicans. Now, while I'm glad that his backers were able to bring him in as the nominee for their party they can't ignore the fact that they talked such trash about him. It's like Hillary getting made because the Republicans are using her "3 A.M." ad. Sorry hon, you threw it out there. They're simply carrying a torch YOU lit. If Palin wants to point out that people had written McCain off, then make sure you talk about those in your own party who led that charge. If you don't, you're full of it.
Palin commented on how Obama is a great speaker but that's where his abilities seem to stop (that's how I took what she said), and THEN she bring up how idealistic McCain is and how that is a good thing. OK, I've said this before and I'll say it again. I'm idealistic, but that's because I don't have anything better to do with my time. The thing about idealism though is that it is NOT realism. That is not where it resides. It may have roots in it, but it is not realistic. If it was realistic it would be CALLED realistic. So, she'll slam Obama for being someone who can talk a great game but lavish praise on McCain for being someone who has idealism. How is he going to convey that message? Power point? Doubtful. Chances are he will have to speak to get people to follow him and when I compare his speaking style with Obama's...sorry, Obama wins hands down for gaining cheers for something imagined. Most of the cheers I heard tonight from the GOP attendees were for victory (over anything I guess), security and sharing a dislike for someone who said they cling to their religion and guns (yeah, Obama set himself up to get tagged on that one...oh, and yeah, I do agree with him on that).
Finally, Palin commented again and again on how McCain was the candidate to bring about change. Now, forget the statistic that keeps getting thrown out about him voting in line with Bush 90% of the time. They're of the same party, that's expected. Frankly I could get past that as people change (then they're called a flip-flopper for actually having a fully functioning brain at times). What I have a problem with is that Palin wants to say McCain is about change when he has gone out of his way to become closer to those people who didn't think he was up to the task of being the Republican nominee (those people I mentioned in my first point). By doing that he has aligned himself more with what I've seen from Bush over the past 8 years. In fact, he has brought himself closer to Bush overall. Again, 90% doesn't phase me much. It could have been 20% and I'd still be uneasy with how much McCain seems to be courting the people who I think create problems for the Republicans as a party. I'm sorry, but when I look at the connections and statements McCain has made since receiving the nomination..."change" is not a word I think. Disappointed would be the best description of my current impression of him.
That's it for my points on Palin's speech (transcript
). As I said last time I am looking forward to watching the VP debates. Oh, but she does score points for being a "hockey mom." Sure, it doesn't have anything to do with politics but anyone who likes hockey can't be ALL bad.