Just a few quick thoughts on last night’s speeches:
Mitt – nice. I actually think Mitt could be a decent President, but he lacks something.
Huckabee – funny and nice. In the end I couldn’t be more happy he isn’t the nominee.
Rudy – good, but not quite great. A hard night for me as it was another reminder that I must either chew my arm off or vote for McCain. Damn it Rudy, run a traditional campaign next time.
And then there was Sarah Palin. If I end up chewing my arm off and voting for McCain, she is definitely going to make it go down easier. Every shot at Obama and the press was four days in making. She was attacked from every angle and it was refreshing to finally hear her rebuttal. There will certainly be time enough later to find if there is more substance to this woman, but make no mistake her speech last night put a shot across Obama’s bow. Two can play the Rockstar.
She’s folksy, but not fake. Her family was real and haven’t yet learned the robotic smiles and stiff waving, instead they looked a lot like my next door neighbors. Or better yet, the Jordan family. The best shot of family last night was easily when Palin’s youngest daughter was holding baby Trig and trying to wet down his hair by licking her hand. Real. Not Washington real. And not to mention really damn cute. Don’t worry though, I am sure a blogger at they Daily Kos will write that whole scene was staged. They were right to try and bring Palin down early, she could actually change this election. A real woman. A real person. Really good.
Is it real enough to run the country? Does she have what it takes? The jury is still probably rightfully out on that question, but lets just say the first night was…too CNN analyst cliche…a grand slam.