The Republican Party has found its new heroine.
After watching Sarah Palin at the Republican Convention giving her acceptance speech last night, one cannot help thinking :
"What a woman !"
Sarah Palin has been the object of vicious, sexist attacks for more than one week now. Her family has been the center of these attacks, one of her daughters in particular.
Anybody would have been hurt and destabilized by such hateful media comments, the same kind of trash which targeted Hillary Clinton during the 1992 campaign and her husband's two terms.
Anybody except Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin.
It is obvious that yesterday night this young woman, a new face in politics displayed punch, energy, enthusiasm and political astuteness which could inspire a lot of pseudo- experienced politicians.
No doubt : she is an excellent pick ! If John McCain had doubts after the stupid, media-created affair of her pregnant daughter, he must have been reassured last night : not only will she not weaken him, but she will provide his traditional, sometimes a little dull campaign with the necessary youth, freshness, and dynamism it may appear to lack.
Sarah Palin said a lot of interesting things last night that we will be analyzing in coming days, but no doubt one of her key moments was her inspired attack against Barack Obama. She expressed aloud the very feelings shared by a lot of Democrats themselves, in particular those who voted for Hillary Clinton during the primaries :
As the Los Angeles Times reports today :
"Ms. Palin’s appearance electrified a convention that has been consumed by questions of whether she was up to the job, as she launched slashing attacks on Mr. Obama’s claims of experience.
“Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown,” Ms. Palin told the delegates in a speech that sought to eviscerate Mr. Obama, as delegates waved signs that said “I love hockey moms.” “And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
As the crowd cheered its approval, Ms. Palin went on: “I might add that in small towns we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.”
Ms. Palin was referring to Mr. Obama’s experience as a community organizer in Chicago before he served in the Illinois legislature and was elected to the United States Senate in 2004 as well as comments he made at a fundraiser in California about bitter rural voters who “cling” to guns and religion."
And as CNN also explains, "She promptly went on to prove the point, tearing into Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama as two-faced, inexperienced and intoxicated by the sound of his own voice.
"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," she said.
She slammed Obama for "saying one thing in Scranton and another in San Francisco," argued that he had written two memoirs but never authored a major piece of legislation and asked what he would do "when those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot," a reference to the stage where Obama gave his acceptance speech last week."
The reaction of the public was extraordinary too : she literally electrified her audience !
It was as if people were suddenly realizing that women could maybe for the first time become a real asset in their party !
To conclude, we have only one word to say today :
"Bravo, Mrs Palin !"