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Best Speech Ever by an American Woman Politician

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:27 am - August 31, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics

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.

Blogger Peg Kaplan at What If? links Harry Stein’s must-read post on the pick. Like Paglia, he was impressed with Palin’s speech on Friday in Dayton:

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 confident—and forceful—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.

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  1. Gingrich is stoked about Palin:
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2008/08/kristol_gingrich_on_the_power.asp

    Obama: Politics as usual. (Joe Biden? Eccchhh!)

    Palin: A strong, yet very real person. Change we can believe in.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 31, 2008 @ 8:37 am - August 31, 2008

  2. John Kerry was on one of the talking heads shows this morning, slamming Palin for her “lack of foreign policy experience.” This from the guy whose VP pick was a slip-and-fall lawyer. Aside from getting hair care products from a spa in Milan, what foreign policy experience did John Edwards have?

    Comment by V the K — August 31, 2008 @ 10:28 am - August 31, 2008

  3. Kerry – pathetic. I can’t believe anyone has him on. But hey… If the Dems want to keep the conversation about experience, let ‘em.

    What I came to say: Dick is often wrong, but when he’s right, he’s right:

    [Obama] spent two years stopping a woman from becoming president and now he is about to spend two months stopping one from becoming vice president… That point will not be lost on independent women.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 31, 2008 @ 10:33 am - August 31, 2008

  4. Eleanor Clift reveals that she, and other liberal elitists, still don’t get it:
    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2008/08/31/clift-reveals-many-newsrooms-palin-greeted-laughter

    She trots out the Dan Quayle comparison. But Palin isn’t Quayle. Palin is the real deal. She’ll see.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 31, 2008 @ 10:43 am - August 31, 2008

  5. Lord knows I don’t know a lot about female psychology, but my impression is, women with families will look at Palin and say, “She’s one of us.” Bitter, unmarried women (think Maureen Dowd) will look at her and say, “She’s one of them.”

    Comment by V the K — August 31, 2008 @ 10:43 am - August 31, 2008

  6. 1: Taking the word of womanizing philanderer? a liar? tsk tsk tsk.

    Comment by Kevin — August 31, 2008 @ 10:45 am - August 31, 2008

  7. Conservative base is now willing to work for McCain:
    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=1876BD58-18FE-70B2-A8D1B55E3EFA84D4

    Folks, all McCain needs is the Bush 2004 base plus a goodly chunk of Independents. If Palin is a good campaigner, then McCain has an exciting, pro-energy, reformist and “historic” ticket… and he wins.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 31, 2008 @ 10:48 am - August 31, 2008

  8. Kevin, as I’ve said many times, I have no problem with womanizing philanderers. Until and unless, that is, they commit perjury.

    Also, please note what I said: “Gingrich is stoked about Palin”. In other words: Gingrich reported on *Gingrich’s* emotional state. Will I take Gingrich’s word about Gingrich’s emotional state, over your word about his emotional state? Any day of the week, haha.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 31, 2008 @ 10:53 am - August 31, 2008

  9. Which troll was it who was saying that McCain was out of touch, and working class voters would flock to The Obama? According to this poll, not so much. 62% of “Wal-Mart voters” (people who shop at Wal-Mart once a week or more) are going for McCain. Only 24% support The Obama.

    Comment by V the K — August 31, 2008 @ 11:09 am - August 31, 2008

  10. V, that was absolutely brilliant and correct. Palin is a regular woman; Clift, Pelosi, Boxer, Hillary, and others are what you become when you convince yourself it’s normal to loathe a baby growing inside of you because it’s inconvenient or imperfect, and that the right to kill it is the fundamental freedom that should underpin your existence.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 31, 2008 @ 12:23 pm - August 31, 2008

  11. ANDREW SULLIVAN… SEXIST PIG:

    America is at war with lethal enemies, its economy is teetering, its people are unsettled. And McCain gave us a 44-year-old former beauty queen…

    And may I say, almost delusionally wrong on his facts.

    - Palin has more relevant experience and qualifications for the Presidency than Obama. Andrew is just another penis-who-doesn’t-get-it, trying to dis the chick.

    - The economy isn’t “teetering”, it grew at a healthy 3% in the second quarter… no thanks to Democrats.

    - He calls Obama, whose Senate voting record is practically Marxist, “the cool conservative”. Watching Sullivan twist and turn as he tries to rationalize Obama’s backward slide in the polls as genius-level “restraint” and “discipline” is ass-licking that must be seen to be believed.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 31, 2008 @ 12:29 pm - August 31, 2008

  12. Aaargh, sloppy edit, sorry. “Sullivan’s twists and turns as he tries to rationalize Obama’s backward slide in the polls as genius-level ‘restraint’ and ‘discipline’ are ass-licking that must be seen to be believed.”

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 31, 2008 @ 12:32 pm - August 31, 2008

  13. I love it. Sullivan is so desperate to spin for the Chosen One that he will reinforce the meme that gay men are misogynists.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 31, 2008 @ 1:08 pm - August 31, 2008

  14. Well, certainly Sullivan has forgotten everything he ought to know (as an alleged gay man) about rational feminism.

    OK, by way of Allahpundit… interesting argument from Jonah Goldberg. Here are the key points. McCain-Palin can’t hope to win Hillary’s extreme, feminist-victim supporters. But they can hope to win centrist, Independent women. One way is for Palin to drop all reference to her gender, becoming more of a Margaret Thatcher figure where her gender sort of shouts out silently. (I agree so far.) Another way is for Palin to hit back, more with humor than with anger, at the Left feminists who are now trashing her. “She needs to create a wedge between [far-left] feminists and women… lightly…”

    Ann Althouse makes the interesting point that Palin is a more truly independent woman than Hillary, who derived her name and political career from her husband’s.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 31, 2008 @ 1:20 pm - August 31, 2008

  15. [...] I would not go as far as ILoveCapitalism does in labeling Andrew Sullivan in a comment to my most recent post, I do wonder as does he as the lengths to which this one-time thoughtful [...]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » Sullivan: Experience Only Matters for Republican Women — August 31, 2008 @ 1:25 pm - August 31, 2008

  16. women with families will look at Palin and say, “She’s one of us.” Bitter, unmarried women (think Maureen Dowd) will look at her and say, “She’s one of them.”

    and

    Palin is a more truly independent woman than Hillary, who derived her name and political career from her husband’s.

    Both very astute statements. Which is why the feminists are running scared right now, they never gave a hoot about average working women. It was all about the Ivy league, bitter unmarried set. So of course Hillary was their woman – she did what women of old did – slept her way to power.

    Sarah Palin has done just the opposite, married a man she truly loves. Had five children, he is more than happy to be a full time dad – and is still very masculine in every way. So all these feminists are throwing all the dirt they can at a woman who did it without them and certainly without their values.

    Comment by Leah — August 31, 2008 @ 1:27 pm - August 31, 2008

  17. Rush said it best years ago: the feminist movement was started by ugly women. Since Eve lured Adam with the apple women have always used their charms to get what they want. I’m not complaining about this – I’ve done it myself – it’s the way of the world.
    But ugly woman didn’t want to play by those rules – so they invented feminism – initially there were successes – but here comes the biggest slap in the face. A young beautiful, married, mother comes along and breaks all the feminist rules – life is so unfair!

    Comment by Leah — August 31, 2008 @ 1:37 pm - August 31, 2008

  18. ok, I just subjected myself to the whole Sully article, I need shower.
    What I find is that innovation, risk taking, new ideas are only allowed on the Democratic side. The Republicans must be staid, boring and conservative.

    So along comes Obama, and hiding behind his race – does some pretty audacious things. Note that when Ferraro point out the truth about his candidacy – she is vilified, color always trumps gender.

    Of course in the Dems playbook, the Republicans are not allowed to change theirs – even if McCain’s campaign is very astute and is ready to change the rules. So Sully is out there having a temper tantrum, how dare the Republicans do everything in their power to win.

    We have no way of knowing if Sarah Palin will do a good job or not, but if John McCain had chosen either Romney or Pawlenty – no one would be talking about it. Ho Hum, politics as usual, the fact that she is garnering so much, ink, hate and discussion is the best thing possible.

    Comment by Leah — August 31, 2008 @ 1:53 pm - August 31, 2008

  19. #17: “But ugly woman didn’t want to play by those rules – so they invented feminism”

    Leah, I think what you meant was, ugly women COULDN’T play by those rules.

    Comment by Sean A — August 31, 2008 @ 3:15 pm - August 31, 2008

  20. As far as feminists go, you should take a gander at pumapac.com and hillaryclintonforum.com. They’re all anti-Oblahblah. They all won’t vote for McCain (though a lot of them will), but they’re determined not to vote for O.

    On Friday I was almost dreading McCain’s VP announcement as all of the front runners seemed so usual, run of the mill. When the news break came across my email I was absolutely giddy. I couldn’t believe he chose Palin. I must say JSM has guts, and I think he picked a VP who can equal him in that area.

    (I’m an avid reader of GP, but rarely post. Keep up the good work.)

    Comment by windybon — August 31, 2008 @ 6:10 pm - August 31, 2008

  21. So Sully is out there having a temper tantrum

    Sullivan doesn’t have temper tantrums, he has hissy fits and breakdowns.

    Comment by American Elephant — August 31, 2008 @ 6:31 pm - August 31, 2008

  22. #6 – “Taking the word of womanizing philanderer? a liar? tsk tsk tsk.”

    Hey Kevin, when did Bill Clinton figure into the equation?

    Checkmate.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — August 31, 2008 @ 6:39 pm - August 31, 2008

  23. Don’t jump to conclusions, Peter Hughes. He could have meant John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, Jim McGreevey, Kwame Kilpatrick, or that Democrat governor of Oregon who liked 13 year old girls.

    Comment by V the K — August 31, 2008 @ 6:46 pm - August 31, 2008

  24. Nobody who has been so vocal about creation being taught in the public schools will ever be president.
    Once it gets out, she will be laughing stock
    take it to the bank

    Comment by gillie — August 31, 2008 @ 7:26 pm - August 31, 2008

  25. Not all the world is a bunch of antireligious bigots, gillie. But once it comes out that Obama and his leftists are spreading the lie that her child is not her own and that, as your fellow sockpuppet michael puts it, that Dems consider Down syndrome children to be “wasted resources” who should be aborted…..

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 31, 2008 @ 7:50 pm - August 31, 2008

  26. Contra michael, NRO’s Rich Lowry finds that people with Down’s Syndrome are Human Beings, and not wastes of resources, or threats to the genetic purity of the White Race.

    Comment by V the K — August 31, 2008 @ 8:52 pm - August 31, 2008

  27. 8: Hence the reason I’ve suggested elsewhere we make the marital fidelity question a litmus for all our elected officials. Let’s check with all of them and see what they say. I’m particularly interested in what Bush I & II would have to answer.

    Oh wait….perjury…..guess lying only counts when its under oath. and when the question is asked because the commission investigating you spent millions on investigating other topics and couldn’t make anything stick.

    22: That was kinda the point now, wasn’t it?

    Comment by Kevin — August 31, 2008 @ 9:35 pm - August 31, 2008

  28. Speaking of lying, Kevin, how about the Obama campaign spreading the lies that Palin was never pregnant and that she was only covering up for her daughter? You support Obama and Biden telling that lie, don’t you?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — September 1, 2008 @ 2:52 am - September 1, 2008

  29. I think Sarah is awesome.

    I spent a lot of the weekend on a few Lefty sites..

    Alan Colmes has decided to become the Keith Olbermann of Fox.. his blog is obsessed with every intimate detail of Palin’s family sex life.. it’s really disgusting.

    He’s getting so many comments back attacking him for being so malicious and he refuses to apologize.

    The Left has no idea the backlash their hate is causing.. no idea at all.

    Obama does not stand a chance.. and I cant wait to see the faces of every one of this voters as they go into shock when he is crushed.

    Comment by Vince P — September 1, 2008 @ 4:15 pm - September 1, 2008

  30. #27 – Kevvie, if and when you do ever come up with a point, I’ll be glad to consider it.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — September 2, 2008 @ 12:57 am - September 2, 2008

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  32. “Speaking of lying, Kevin, how about the Obama campaign spreading the lies that Palin was never pregnant and that she was only covering up for her daughter? You support Obama and Biden telling that lie, don’t you?”

    The Obama campaign never embraced that rumor. To my knowledge, it was brought about by the Daily Kos and that’s about as far as it got.

    “Obama does not stand a chance.. and I cant wait to see the faces of every one of this voters as they go into shock when he is crushed.”

    Replace Obama with McCain, and that sentence will be accurate. Palin’s numbers have been falling, falling, falling ever since people have figured out that she is nothing more than a woman who belongs in a library (purely physical observations, but you see my point)… though, I take that back. She’d probably burn the books!

    Comment by Thea — September 23, 2008 @ 8:04 pm - September 23, 2008

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