Conventional Wisdom

RNC Day 3: Gov. Palin An Answer to GOP Prayers

Conventional Wisdom

Guest blogger Princella Smith watched Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's vice presidential acceptance speech from the RNC floor. Smith's take on the speech? "Out of the park!"

Smith serves as Chief Advocate for the Platform of the American People at American Solutions, an organization founded by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.

Princella Smith

One question: What does "Palin" mean in Inuit? My bet is: "Pit bull" LOL! Palin's pit bull reference in her speech and other zingers were enough to have people all over the Xcel Center on their feet. In case you missed them or in case you enjoyed them so much that you'd like them listed, I have decided to highlight some of her best acceptance speech quotes for you...

1. "I love those hockey moms. You know, they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull: lipstick!"

2. "Harry Reid — the majority leader of the current do-nothing Senate — he not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee. He said, quote, 'I can't stand John McCain.' Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we've chosen the right man. Clearly, what the majority leader was driving at is that he can't stand up to John McCain."

3. "My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery."

4. "And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they're always, quote, 'fighting for you,' let us face the matter squarely. There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you."

5. "I came to office promising major ethics reform to end the culture of self-dealing, and today that ethics reform is the law. While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the Governor's Office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay. I love to drive myself to work. And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef, although I got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her."

The much anticipated moment of Governor Palin's acceptance speech lived up to its hype. In four words: "Out of the park!" I was on the floor — watching the delegates. There was new life in them. They were excited to support a ticket featuring a real, genuine conservative with a new face! It gave them a reason to cheer.

It gave them a reason to feel that they were part of making history, too, and that the historical situation doesn't belong solely to the Democrats. I have said more than once that what John McCain needed was someone to shore up his base — not independents.

He has a very good reputation with independents because of his willingness to part with his party on issues of his personal conviction, and in a year where the GOP base was desperately searching for conservative, there has been tension between them and the candidate ever since.

Palin is seemingly an answer to McCain's and the GOP's prayers — evangelicals, moderates, and all.



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Again as a now seasoned "veteran" as they say being in my late 30's ,American politics is about pagaentry more so than a fight for justice for the people. Gov. Palin is admired in her circles as well as Senators.Obama ,Mccain and Biden. I tuned in to see what she was talking about and make my own assessments whether than listen to any self serving agendas of party,genders and etc... The one thing I noticed was that she read off the teleprompter that republican strategist and supportors including Fred Thompson in his speech tried to marginalize democrats with last week. I respect her devotion to her family just like Barack Obama. But she did not do it for me as someone for me to take serious as my leader, once she mentioned Al-Qaida, War ,Terrorist and that old tired rhetoric of the last 8 years that was not even her language before .People are really hurting with gas and food prices making things hard to deal with nowadays. So i came away with the same opinion. Republicans and certain people in this country are always using fear tactics,lies and deception and affronts to others to to manipulate votes and serve their agendas. She already mentioned " In her own words before she was coached and guided" That she did not know exactly what role the Vice president played. So I don't think that I am impressed with her as a great leader. I will say this the work that MLK,Rosa Parks and Womans Rights movement.... have been wonderful in allowing more people involved in the leadership process rather than the same old boy farts telling everybody what to do while they run to the banks and vacations and own 4 and 5 houses etc....

Sent by rance | 2:03 PM | 9-4-2008

It was a lot of fluff for the same old conservative message.

It was quite clear for thinking America her acceptance speech was from republican stock speeches.

She indirectly referenced herself as a pitbull but it came across with a kitten voice in pretense of being tough.

I'm not believing it and so will world leaders. They're not stupid like some U.S. electorates.

Sent by Lyle K. Deere | 3:32 PM | 9-4-2008

what a puppet. Palin AND Princella.

A true reformer would write their own speech. With substance.

1. Just plain bland.
2. Empty negative statement
3. How about saying what it IS about rather than the negative what it isn't.
(oh yeah, negativity sells - i forgot)
4. Since when did being a pawn make you fit to be king?
5. A few more things the american people shouldn't have to pay for...

1. a war that 70% appose.
2. the ramifications of making oil deals with the devil in the desert. While one of the largest pools of oil in the world is .. you guessed it, in Alaska. (look up "energy non-crisis" on youtube and watch)
3. Federal Income Tax.

Just my 2 cents.

Sent by Sean Kinshella | 4:35 PM | 9-4-2008

Hi Princella,

I was wondering what your opinion was on the remarkable paucity of African-American delegates at the RNC. Did you find yourself looking around you and wondering if something was wrong? Or were you able to ignore that particular piece of cognitive dissonance?

As for the speech, it was nothing but a predictable speech of empty showmanship, which offered no solutions for America's problems, unlike Obama's & Biden's speeches. So she loves to drive herself to work. So do I. Big whoop. I doubt the Secret Service will let VP Palin drive the big black bulletproof limo, though, so let's stop kidding each other, OK?

Sent by Kasreyn | 5:06 PM | 9-4-2008

My I'm just gushing with love...and ain't we getting that good old feel'n back or what!!

Pew! Now that's one heck of a ripe pile of you know what. Need any more be said...

Sent by justgeorge | 6:08 PM | 9-4-2008

It was great to see a well delivered speech, serving up more of the same garbage many of us have come to expect. As a first introduction to Palin, I was hoping to have a reason to follow her, learn more, give her a good hearing. Instead she shoveled insults and offended everyone who has ever worked as a community organizer, in community development or on behalf of those who mobilize at a grassroots level to affect change. I didn't hear her position or response to healthcare, education, social security, immigration or anything else I was listening for. So, while she may give the base something to cheer about - there's an even bigger reason to donate to the Obama campaign today. A woman who feels that being described as a female dog is something worthy of applause. Pitbull. Pitiful.

Sent by Aimee A Laramore | 7:12 PM | 9-4-2008


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