While the Alaska Governor wasn’t quite nobody last week (some of our readers had been pushing her for VP as long ago as July 2007), a “week ago,” according to Rasmussen reports, “most Americans had never heard of” her. Today, she’s more popular than Barack Obama or John McCain.
Obama is no longer “the only ‘rock star’ in presidential politics this year.” More than forty million people tuned in to hear her speak Wednesday night, a “huge audience [rivaling] that for Obama’s address at the Democratic National Convention six days earlier.”
And the media, trying to destroy her, set her up for success. They, Peggy said, “overstepped: . . . . In the end it made Palin the underdog, and gave her the perfect platform for the perfect dive she made Wednesday night.”
Her speech, telling her story, taking on her rival with passion and humor, articulating conservative ideas in a straightforward and energetic way has made her a new hero for Republicans, indeed, if my e-mail is any indication for a good number of non-Republicans as well.
We love her feistiness, we love her humor, we love her sincerity, we love her story, we love her accomplishments. And the media notwithstanding, we love her family.
She has earned her affection in a matter of moments because John McCain recognized those qualities and plucked her for relative obscurity to join him on our party’s ticket. As the Arizona Senator himself said, “I’m very proud to have introduced our next Vice President to the country. But I can’t wait until I introduce her to Washington.” Let me repeat. Neither can we.
Even Rush Limbaugh, no fan of John McCain is excited, calling the GOP nominee McBriliant:
This lady has turned it all around. And I’m here to tell you today that John McCain, from now on, on this program, regarding this choice, will be known as John McBrilliant. This was a brilliant choice on the part of Senator McCain . . . . he let Sarah Palin fire both barrels. . . . The Democrats are doing everything they can to discredit Sarah Palin because it was somebody else wrote the speech. Somebody else from the Bush campaign, somebody named Scully. Well, I don’t care who wrote the speech. The speech was about her life. A speechwriter cannot make that up. A speechwriter cannot tell that.
And that’s why we love her. All of a sudden she appears on the national stage and delivers a boffo performance.
And the media, eager to destroy her, made it all possible. They got the American people curious and rather than trust the MSM, they trusted their own eyes and ears. We watched, we listened, we loved.