September 4, 2008


Palin’s TelePrompTer Troubles (Laura Meckler, 9/04/08, WSJ: Washington Wire)

When her moment on the national stage arrived last night, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had more to contend with than just nerves. The TelePrompTer that fed her the speech malfunctioned, scrolling too quickly through applause, two senior Republican officials said today.

The result was that the first two lines of each paragraph had already scrolled up by the time she was to deliver them, they said. She had a paper copy of the speech before her, but that version was not the final text.

At one point, crowd signs blocked the TelePrompTer altogether, one official said, prompting her to ad lib one of her best lines of the night: “You know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

It called to mind President Bill Clinton’s 1993 health care address before Congress.

...but by 11:10 she was some combo of Reagan, Thatcher & Clinton? How about this: the Beltway just doesn't get it.

Sarah Storms St. Paul (Howard Kurtz, 9/04/08, Washington Post)

Let's face it: She was likable. [...]

[T]here may be a few graybeards who say, "How can so-and-so be a serious candidate for president when I've never had lunch with him/her?" But most journalists weren't so much biased against Palin as skeptical that she had the experience to step in as commander-in-chief, the standard that McCain himself had repeatedly touted.

Sheer poise and self-possession (Greg Sheridan, September 05, 2008, The Australian)

A STAR is born. Sarah Palin has confirmed herself the new superstar of US politics by delivering the most brilliant and electrifying convention speech of any politician - including the Democrats' Barack Obama - so far.

It was a superb introduction of herself, and her family, to the American nation. It was a powerful retelling of her political convictions and her record as Governor of Alaska.

It was a stirring endorsement of her running mate, John McCain.

There was an explicit statement that she was not part of the "permanent political establishment" as she addressed her words over the heads of the Washington elite directly to mainstream America.

And it contained a lethal, but wholly legitimate, attack on Obama.

Sarah Palin and the Stunning Naiveté of Sally Quinn (Sam Dealey, 9/04/08, US News)
In the wake of John McCain's choice of unknown Sarah Palin as his veep, there's been a spate of commentators who can't see beyond the obvious fact that she's a woman. A Baltimore Sun columnist called the pick "pandering," and two conservative pundits, Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy, were caught on NBC questioning McCain's selection motives while believing they were off mic. "The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical," Murphy said yesterday of the Palin pick.

Among the more obnoxious, however, was Tuesday's article by Sally Quinn, Georgetown doyenne and sometimes Washington Post writer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 4, 2008 2:21 PM
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