So says Democrat and Obama supporter Camille Paglia of Sarah Palin’s debut on the national stage:
We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling. . . . That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails.
I took particular note of those words because I had set aside Paglia’s Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, a book I am reading for my dissertation, in order to prepare for my trip to the GOP Convention in St. Paul.
And while I’ve read some criticism of the Palin pick this evening, notably Amy Alkon’s hard-hitting, “Palin by Comparison,” the more I read, the more I realize that she hasn’t been called Sarah Barracuda for nothing.
the moment she strode on stage, accompanied by her fisherman/oil worker husband and a gaggle of kids with strange names, it was apparent that she was different. No deer in the headlights, this was obviously a confident woman.
More to the point, there’s what she is confidentâ€”and forcefulâ€”about: fighting for energy independence and against earmarks; cutting property taxes and otherwise taking on even those special interests which generally have a hold on her own party. Then there was the personal stuff: the son in the army, en route to Iraq; the Down’s Syndrome child who has so clearly enriched her family’s life; her history as a high school basketball star, including, (as we later learned) the time she played in a championship game, Kerri Strug-like, with a fractured ankle.
If, as one commentator observed, McCain’s pick was a classic fighter pilot’s move, as risky as it was daring, the plain-spoken, gun-toting Palin is the kind of strong and independent woman who, a few short generations back, helped conquer the West.
No wonder Bruce Reed warns Democrats not to be too quick to trash Sarah Palin. This woman seems a born fighter. And right now, I’m glad she’s on my side.