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

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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.

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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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