Like most here at FA I was awed at Sarah Palin’s speech last night…..now there is even more reason to be much more comfortable with John McCain’s choice:
Halfway through Sarah Palin’s speech tonight at the RNC, people following the speech noticed she was deviating from the prepared text.
According to sources close to the McCain campaign, the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks. As a result, half way through the speech, the speech had scrolled significantly from where Governor Palin was in the speech. The malfunction also occurred during Rudy Giuliani’s speech, explaining his significant deviations from his speech.
Unfazed, Governor Palin continued, from memory, to deliver her speech without the teleprompter cued to the appropriate point in her speech.
Contrast this to Barack Obama who, when last his teleprompter malfunctioned, was left stuttering before a crowd unable to advance his speech until the problem was resolved.
Indeed. Obama can’t go through with any kind of unprepared speech and without a teleprompter without a thousand uh’s. AND he has been at this for a few years now.
Sarah? On a national stage for the first time last night and she didn’t miss a beat. Under more pressure then most of us could imagine and she came through it smelling like a rose.
But hey, Obama is the bestest teleprompter reader of all time and he has been campaigning for a few years so he deserves the Presidency. Accomplishments be damned.
But we know the attacks would come quick and the MSM did not disappoint. Take this special one. CNN found out via KOS (the only ones reporting the story) that she supposedly cut funding to special needs children. Of course, this turned out to be a false charge. The MSM, ever so classy.
Seth Leibsohn describes what we saw and felt last night:
The idea, planted by the media and Democrats, that she wasn’t vetted: gone, because not believable or important anymore.
The idea that her family is from Peyton Place or says one thing and does another: gone.
The idea that she’s a lightweight: gone.
The idea that she was picked only because she was a woman or a strong conservative: gone.
This is all not just the power of a word fitly spoken, it’s the dominance of character of the person doing the speaking. It shined through big last night, bigger than any media, political, or speech coach could make happen.
And Rasmussen shows us why the Democrats should be a bit worried:
Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) also believe the GOP vice presidential nominee has better experience to be president of the United States than Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
But 49% give Obama the edge on experience, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey – taken before Palin’s historic speech Wednesday night to the Republican National Convention.
While Republicans and Democrats predictably favor their party’s candidate by overwhelming margins, the experience gap among voters unaffiliated with either party is even narrower than the national totals. Forty-two percent (42%) say Obama has better experience to be president, but 37% say Palin does.
The potential problem for Democrats is that Obama, the junior U.S. senator from Illinois and a former state legislator, is the party’s standard-bearer, while Palin, an ex-mayor and now governor of Alaska, is number two on her party’s ticket.
All in all, the left and the MSM is back to its old, tired, tricks while the Republican party has many reasons to feel good seeing all these rising stars coming forth like Palin, Jindal, Pawlenty, Steele and many more.
Simply brilliant — what a great speech!
I can’t wait until she debates Slow Joe Biden…I almost feel sorry for him already.
The delivery of Scully’s speech was very good, but all she has done is passed expectations. She still has plenty hurdles to jump.
I just checked the electoral map. Ohio is a tossup leaning Obama, but only by 2, and the same is true in 5 other states. If McCain can take 3/5 of those states or Ohio and PA, then he would win today. Otherwise, today, Obama would win (albeit by 2000 election margin of victory). Those polls were pre-Palin speech too.
The Palin interviews (and the uber press she will grab with them as they rehash each one for good or bad) will take press time away from Obama. At this stage in the election, the bases are solidified (mostly), and it’s the Americans who don’t normally pay attention that need to be attracted. Whoever gets more press time will have an advantage there.
Then there are the debates….GOING TO BE GOOD!
Barack “Uh” Obama doesn’t do well off the prompter
John McCain does, but he can sometimes go too far
Sarah may or may not be knowledgeable enough to face down Biden, but then again, she REALLY only has to be as knowledgeable as the American people, and since Biden and the American people have been so ill informed for the past several years….it could be good. For example, imagine the devastation she’d instill in the DNC if she said, “You know Senator, if I had been you, I wouldn’t have authorized the Iraq War like you did, but once our country is at war, I support the troops by supporting their efforts, and I support success not escape or points in polls.” That’d be like using a 12 guage on a hare, and if you don’t understand that comparison…then you’re in for a surprise.
Lastly there are 2 factors:
world events (pesky little things like an unscheduled invasion of Georgia by Russia, or a hurricane or two or three or four)
ye olde October Surprises
6wks, and I’ve already got popcorn on my shopping list as I’m running out. Off to the grocery store today!
RE: The disgusting attacks against her. It is so amazing that liberals say she should not be working due to her 5 children. Let’s see some consistency from liberals – –
Nancy Pelosi has five children: Nancy Corinne, Christine, Jacqueline, Paul, and Alexandra, as well as seven grandchildren.
Perhaps liberals (feminists) would encourage Pelosi to step down.
woof…. I thought you were of the wrong gender to be so catty, Doug. Afterall, Obama has a team of three speech writers. Every pro politician has speech writers at this level. So you’re saying His Messiahship is above all that? How laughable.
But, for your information, the speech was only co-written by Matthew Scully. And you can tell which parts are hers (the personal and Alaskan stuff plus a little more), and the McCain stuff from Scully. Frankly, I hope she keeps the input going. Scully can not do her justice. She has her own unique style.
Don’t know what’s up with you lately, Doug. All I can guess is that you do not weather desperation well.
Yep, he was only in on part of it. I forgot to point that out. She’d actually written some herself btw.
The effort to staple a Bush approval rating on to a completely new and fresh face fails.
I thought Sarah Palin did an incredible job last night. I would have never known about the teleprompter issue until just now reading it. She never even flinched and kept her stride the entire time. I like her and think she will make a fine V.P.
Doug: Just so you know, the best line of the night comparing pit bulls to hockey moms was an ad lib. It’s not in the speech she CO WROTE with Scully.
So much for your latest smear.
And now, back to topic:
Want to know who will restore our reputation overseas (not that it needs it), read these rave reviews from the British Press:
“Every pro politician has speech writers at this level. So you’re saying His Messiahship is above all that?”
Yes, they do. I never said he was ‘above all that’. That is your unwarranted assumption. If she co-wrote it, then co-operative has been defined down.
AN ALL-STAR HYPOCRITE IS BORN!
AS GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN SIGNED A HUGE WINDFALL PROFIT TAX ON OIL COMPANIES!
ALASKA’S OIL REVENUES DOUBLED AS YOU PAID MORE AT THE PUMP!
SHE SAID SHE “SENT A LARGE SHARE OF THAT REVENUE BACK WHERE IT BELONGED – DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE OF ALASKA”. THAT “LARGE PORTION” WAS 1.3% OF THE 10 BILLION SHE TOOK FROM THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.
SHE IS NOT A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE! YOU ARE BEING DUPED!
MORE TO COME ON THE DISASTER WITH WASILLA’S DEBT!
FIT FIT MAD!
Palin was a lousy mayor who took a town with $0 debt in 1996 and left it $22 million in the hole in 2002, mostly from the hockey rink/sports complex she shoved down their throats which never became the money generator she promised it would. Another white elephant from another white elephant. Even with the stable Clinton economy during most of her mayoral tenure and Jack Abramoff’s crony she hired to lobby Washington to help her now indicted buddy Ted Stevens ring up $27 million in federal pork for tiny Wasilla (pop. 5000 when she entered office) she still managed to leave the town swimming in debt.
She was so heavy handed the town’s folk forced her to hire an administrator to handle day to day operations or face a recall.
As governor she is borrowing from Alaska’s future while she wants to give away today’s Alaskan windfall oil tax bonanza and the huge surpluses they’ve generated in bread and circuses tax giveaways. Alaska gets 89% of it’s operating budget from taxing oil coming out of the ground just like Arab kingdoms and Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. They have no state income or sales tax up there. Instead of using that windfall to pay for all the profligate spending her Republican legislature keep sending her she’s issuing bonds to pay for it all which Alaskans and US taxpayers will have to pay off in future years while she takes credit for tax “rebates” while she’s governor.
Her fiscal policy is a disaster in the making which won’t hit til she’s left the governor’s office. She’d be a disaster as Vice President especially to a President who despite his grevious wounds and type A personality is already past the age his father and grandfather died of sudden heart attacks.
She can put on all the lipstick she wants but her political record is for the dogs.
P.S. The teleprompter broke story is a lie. Don’t you ever get tired of being lied to?
Jonathan Martin over at Politico is pushing the meme that the teleprompter was not broken. He’s the only one saying that because MSNBC is the channel where they mentioned that the teleprompter was not working. MSNBC is the Obama network and they noticed the teleprompter was not functioning correctly as did many other networks so what the hell is he trying to pull?
Sarah Palin did an excellent jobs with or without the teleprompter. Obama would have been a stuttering fool even if the teleprompter had only been two or three lines ahead of him. We’ve seen him speak without a teleprompter…uh, uh, uh, uh.
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We have a Moby sighting.
thanks for enlightening all of us prehistoric, knuckle-dragging, rural simple-types! I wish I knew as much as you.. but my simple brain has a couple questions: Wasn’t that 20 million voted on by city council, approved, and then leveraged toward fixing roads and adding new ones in addition to the new rink? Isn’t the area encompassing Wasilla one of the fastest growing areas in the state? I may be completely stupid, but I just looked up the highway construction project that is taking place in my city. Apparently the cost is 19 million per lane per mile of highway (and that is below the curve nationally).. talk about wasteful spending.
I think you should help to enlighten my city as well. In fact, I think you should run for president with your vast amount of knowledge, as well as your ability to try and smear a Governor with a 4 out of 5 approval rating. It seems to me if she was all about the money she wouldn’t have sold her private jet (which is actually useful in the largest state in the union) and got rid of needless spending like her chef etc.??
It blows me away that people can say with all seriousness, that Obama is qualified. I suppose mark, that you support Obamas spending record along with his history of being fiscally responsible? Oh wait, he doesn’t have one. Sorry, I know I shouldn’t ask questions like that. I should only ask applicable questions of ‘the one’ that can in some way be answered. So who is Obies mentors? His friends? His beliefs? Oh yeah, his beginnings? At least it was a monumental occasion in the Obama family when his wife, for the first time, was proud to be an American. Or did that not happen either. I’m voting for Obama and then moving to south pole so the lefties can destroy each other.
Run Libs! You’ll only die tired….
Get a life. If any of that crap was true the MSM would have a very
effective narrative to write about Gov. Palin. It isn’t true or we all
would have heard about it already. You libs just make stuff
up as you go along and hope something sticks. If she was such a
poor administrator why was she re-elected? She stepped down as
mayor because of term limits, not because the voters disapproved
of her performance.
Let me guess…You’re a Starbucks customer with a long order, right?
Ronald Reagan is back according to Ronald Reagan’s son Michael Reagan. So if she compares herself to Ronald Reagan there will be at least somebody in the know to back her up.
Apparently Greg makes sense to Greg, unless of course you ask someone like me, and I will just say douche. But if Greg asks Greg, he will as least be in the know to back himself up. Most likely into a corner, though.
SPEAKING OF MAKING STUFF UP…
Gloria Steinem accuses Palin of….
(1) – Shooting animals from planes, even though that’s illegal (Federal Law) for all but predators and the only exceptions are on a case by case basis with special permits from the State.
[note – that on the other hand they accuse her of partisanship in the firing of a State Trooper, one of whose crimes was shooting an animal illegally. But hey, one standard for the favored-“victim” and one for the hated conservative enemy.]
(2) – Building a coal-fired plant in her home town, even though…
a. It’s only a proposal by the local utility, not government, slated for completion in 2015 if approved by the members of the utility.
b. The local mayor has NO authority to do anything but enforce local guidelines on emmissions, etc., and can’t stop it if it complies.
c. Palin was no longer mayor when that proposal was advanced
And so many more lies, here…
have some good material on Leftist Hypocrisy.
Stoopid Lefty idiots!