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Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air for the GOP - well a breath of Reaganesque air. Shes been knocked down and kicked in the teeth but we haven't seen the last of this amazing politician.
This speech is not one of those speeches that poeple will be talking about in ten years, but it's what my circle of frends and colleagues are talking about this election season.
Don't rely on the sound bites you may have heard on the media. I've already heard some of her words taken out of context.
As a political independent, I found this speech utterly painful to listen to. It seems more targeted to whetting the bloodlusting appetites of the hardcore republicans than doing any kind of healing of the divide George Bush has created after 8 years. It certainly did not reach out to me as an independent with anything I could feel good about endorsing. This speech is really my first and only introduction to the woman, and it makes a horrible impression. Moreover, from the research I've done, even the alleged positive elements in the speech (such as the notion that the Bridge to Nowhere is something she rejected) seem bare half-truths, since apparently she decided not to build the bridge but still kept the federal money. A properly informed voter should probably listen to this speech, but anyone who is not a hardcore Republican with a strong sense of spite for all Democrats should expect to be embarrassed or put off by what they hear. I've rated this 2 stars because I hope never to hear speeches with this smug and surly tone from anyone in either party ever. It is just not a model to emulate.
I think Gov. Palin did a good job in the traditional VP candidate role of attack dog against the other party. Some of what she said was misleading or flat-out lies but that is hardly new for a candidate for office.
I think she did a good job at inspiring the true-believers. I do not know if she convinced many swing voters. I suppose given the fact that she came off as at least fairly reasonable when many listeners had no idea what to expect must have helped the Republican ticket to some degree.
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