About midway through Gov. Sarah Palin’s speech last night, I experienced something I never thought possible — I began to feel sorry for Joe Biden.
The self-professed hockey Mom left the Obama-Biden tag team on the mat bruised and bleeding. There were so many great lines, but here was my favorite – her description of Barack Obama:
We’ve all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.
And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.
But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform – not even in the state senate.
This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot – what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger … take more of your money … give you more orders from Washington … and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world.
For some reason, pundits have made a big deal out of the fact that Sarah Palin had a speechwriter — my old friend Matt Scully, who worked with me at the State Press in the 1980s. But every public official at this level uses speechwriters – for some reason this was only worth mentioning when Sarah Palin gave a great speech.
Ironically, it is now revealed that the teleprompter malfunctioned during her speech. With that much pressure, with every word being watched by 40 million people live, Gov. Palin delivered the second half of her speech by ad libbing and from memory — and no one knew. When Obama’s teleprompter malfunctioned, in a much less pressure-packed situation, he hemmed and hawed and hesitated until they fixed it.
This will only add to the legend of Sarah Palin, which has already prompted a website of Sarah Palin Facts in the tradition of Chuck Norris. My favorites:
— Death once had a near-Sarah Palin experience
— Sarah Palin is the reason compasses point North
— Sarah Palin’s enemies are automatically added to the Endangered Species List