Palin takes off gloves, rips Washington elite

September 4, 2008

Source: Star Tribune
Claiming her historic spot on the Republican ticket, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin uncorked a slashing attack on Barack Obama Wednesday night and vowed to help John McCain bring real change to Washington.

“Victory in Iraq is finally in sight … he wants to forfeit,” she said of the Democratic presidential nominee.

“Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights.

“Government is too big … he wants to grow it.”

A packed Republican convention hall roared at every line delivered by the 44-year-old Alaska governor, the first woman ever named to a Republican national ticket.

In the most eagerly awaited moment of the convention, the first-term Alaska governor and mother of five made her first major address since presidential nominee-to-be John McCain chose her for the No. 2 spot.

Palin faced her largest TV audience ever, a nation transfixed by her unexpected appearance on the national scene and a bumpy family narrative, not least her unwed 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy.

In a home-spun narrative of her public career as governor and small-town mayor, Palin addressed the roiling debate about her qualifications for the vice presidency, and the inevitable comparisons to Democratic hopeful Barack Obama.

“I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town,” she said. “I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better.

“When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.”

Before Palin was elected Alaska’s governor in 2006, she noted, she was the mayor of her home town of Wassila, a job she said compared favorably to Obama’s background as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago.

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6 Responses to “Palin takes off gloves, rips Washington elite”

  1. Steve Smith said

    That is what McCain gets for picking someone that has so little national experience. What is really perplexing are the number of highly qualified Republican woman that could have been selected who are nationally known and respected. Current and former governors and senators for example. McCain did not have the courage at the last minute to honor those who voted for him in the primaries over very conservative competitors, It looks like McCain would rather start a new culture war rather then loose this election. My respect for him is so low that it looks like its time to vote for the Dems. By the way, all of those Washington elites they are running against are in fact Republicans. They are running against themselves. It’s the Republicans who have controlled the White House for 8 years, and congress most of that time.

  2. jackieboo said

    Palin hit a HOME RUN!! Can’t wait to see the Polls tomorrow!!!!

  3. frances Goethals said

    She said it…..and she meant it! Obama is not the man many think he is. He is self absorbed, little experience at anything….ok…he wrote 2 books. BIG DEAL!!!! All the while she was actually doing something important. Poor Zero….he did not even see it coming!:)

  4. Ray R said

    It was a speech worthy of our current Commander-in-Chief, a smart-ass frat boy, but she managed to give the speech without screwing up the words (unlike Bu##Sh## 43).

    Smarmy, condescending, sarcastic, and void of facts–PERFECT! for the Repub convention.

    Hopefully the national media will tear the massive amount of lipstick and makeup off this lightweight.

  5. Track Starr said

    Great. Insult the millions of community organizers trying to make the world a better place. Obama went from that role to Harvard Law scholl. What did she do? A minor in political science, then some sports reporting. McCain probably picked her thinking he’d take the campaign money and ride off in the sunset with her after they lose the election.

  6. KT said

    I believe Sarah Palin was quoted as saying (several years ago) that her career goal was “to be on ESPN.” Great. She reminded me of a talk show host or news reporter when she was speaking. As for mocking Obama and his experience I couldn’t believe how insulting and classless it was. He is a Harvard educated lawyer. He came to Chicago to help the underpriviliged and inner city citizens. He worked as a Senator at the state and federal level. He has his life mission to help others and that is what community organizers do. Can anyone say that about MS. Palin? I also agree to leave the kids out of it, but SHE paraded her children out there and it made me sick. She is a hypocrite. To see her pregnant seventeen-year-old daughter and boyfriend out there was like giving her seal of approval,…. when it suits her. I am all for strong women leaders, I voted for Hillary. But Palin is NOT someone I want my daughters to look up to. Everyone can say what they want, but she is a crappy mother. Her children should come first, NOT her career.

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