Sarah Palin mocks Obama
September 4, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. — No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.
Sarah Palin may come from the backwoods of Alaska, but she has the heart of a street fighter.
So Democrats shouldn’t get entangled in the Republicans’ “experience” ploy.
Palin isn’t on the Republican ticket because she has been the governor of Alaska for two years.
The people who cooked up this scheme don’t care whether Palin will be a heartbeat away from the presidency if something happens to the 72-year-old McCain.
Palin’s on the ticket because she’s a woman and she isn’t afraid to engage in the Republicans’ mean-spirited personal attacks.
On Wednesday night, Palin showed the nation how a female fighter throws a punch:
“They loved their country in good times and bad, and they are always proud of America,” Palin said an obvious dig at Michelle Obama, during her remarks about her small-town roots.
“I love those hockey moms. You know what they say the difference is between a hockey mom and a pit bull — lipstick,” Palin said.
And then she showed us what she means:
“In small towns, we don’t heap praise on working people when they are listening and talk about how bitter they are and they cling to their religions and guns when those people aren’t listening,” she said.
“We prefer candidates who don’t talk to us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.”
Those are the kinds of jabs the Obama campaign will have a difficult time dealing with simply because Palin is a female, and the campaign will not want to appear to be sexist.
On Wednesday night, Palin introduced her three daughters, including her 17-year-old pregnant daughter Bristol, who was seated with the young man who fathered her baby.
Yet earlier, when reporters reported her daughter’s pregnancy and debated the issues surrounding that pregnancy, we became the problem.
“I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone,” Palin said.
“But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion — I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”
Palin showed that she could be as sarcastic as the most experienced politician.
She skillfully used one-line zingers and attacked Obama without ever using his name.
“In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then there are those who use their careers to promote change,” she said.
Palin energized the Republican convention. No doubt about that.
She’s a fighter, all right.
While McCain’s big gamble that put Palin on the ticket as his vice presidential pick might be a scheme — the battle is real.
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