I did finally manage to watch a couple of the interviews of Sarah Palin; a good chunk of the CNN interview, and bits and pieces of the one on MSNBC.
I guess, overall, I have to say this: like her or not, whether or not you agree with her politics, you cannot simply dismiss her a cheerleader, as a fluff piece or token nod to the womens’ vote as the Jon Stewarts and Keith Olbermanns of the world are trying to do. She was clear, direct, articulate and driven. She spoke with authority and conviction. She made specific and cogent points, and carried herself in a professional and convincing manner.
Even though B.O. gets all the props for being so smooth and polished, I’ve heard him speak impromtu, without the benefit of a teleprompter, and he’s chock full of “ums,” and “well, uhm,…” and repeating himself, and long, uncomfortable pauses. I watched him speak at a rally and it was all about how he was sorry he was late, and the weather, and how many people where there, and my only thought was, “Man, this dude is RAMBLING.”
Sarah Palin is a much more commanding and dynamic speaker than B.O. She flat has him beat at the pulpit. And this clearly pisses the Progletariat off to no end.
I think she made some mistakes, not so much in the content, as in the presentation. Her condmenation of B.O. as poiltically naive in wanting to speak to Ajmenhadadayadaya without conditions was spot on. While I understood what she was trying to say, her assertion that B.O.’s desire to “just sit down and talk” was wrongheaded will sound confrontational and xenophobic to a demographic that believe that sitting down and “talking about our problems” is the way to go.
I know she was trying to say that expecting to sit down to a delightful afternoon tea like you would with the Chancellor of Germany or the Prime Minister of England — except of course with a sworn blood enemy of the United States — is a tad naive and overly idealistic. But she came off too brusque and dismissive, and that will turn off the kindler, gentler, love-and-hugs slice of the blue staters that the McCain tickets needs to woo to beat B.O. in November.
But she still beats Obama hands down in the arena of public speaking. She has energized the Republican core like B.O. has energized the Dems. But, because she’s The Enemy, this will only serve to make her “more dangerous” to the Progs and the Prog media.
I used to like Jon Stewart. But after watching his partisan flambe’ of Palin and McCain, while giving The One a complete pass, I just wanted to put my fist through the screen.
The next couple of weeks should be interesting, to say the least.