"WITH sass and wit, sarcasm and sincerity, courage and strength, Sarah Palin last night showed us a new model of female politician.
Her family stories were genuine and real. Her commitment to special-needs children was moving. Her contempt for special interests was obvious.
And her putdowns of Barack Obama's rhetoric and her praise of John McCain's character and achievements were welcome and well delivered.
Many women look bad when they attack their opponents, too often seeming strident and shrill. But Palin was funny and irreverant, with a biting wit and a joy of combat that was exhilarating to watch.
Sometimes she reminded us of the hockey mom she is. Other times, she was an American Margaret Thatcher - mobilizing humor and biting satire to mock the opposition.
Where Hillary Clinton has but two speeds - full forward and stop - Palin displayed a range of rhetoric, emotion and language that sometimes evoked moving patriotism, at other times hilarious irony - and, frequently, a strong dose of common sense.
If her style in attacking and mocking her opponent was Thatcher-esque, her range of rhetorical style was Rooseveltian. She is, in fact, one of the best public speakers in our politics today.
Now the Democrats are stuck in a trap. They've demeaned, patronized and smeared a woman who's well on her way to becoming very, very popular. Her speech will create legions of fans; the Democratic smears of the last few days will create, for Obama, legions of enemies.
This man who dedicated two years to stopping a woman from being president now has to answer for spending two months stopping one from becoming vice president - a task he hopes to accomplish using women's votes.
Remember: The swing vote in this election are single moms. Just as the soccer moms dominated in 1996 and security moms in 2004, now unmarried women, mostly with children, will determine the outcome of the 2008 race. And they're finding in Sarah Palin an advocate whose life isn't far different from their own and whose priorities mirror theirs'.A lot of us happen to believe that America is a special place. Ask any man or woman with Conservative leanings about how grand this gem of the ocean is, and they'll put on a big smile and proceed to give you a top-10, hell, a top-100 list if you don't flat out shut them up.
We like being here. We like what our Founding Fathers made for us. The lefties? Well, the lefties don't like America at all and boy does it show. They don't want to make it stronger, all they talk about is how horrible we are, and despite having the best standard of living in the world, and the freest nation that ever existed, hells bells but all they can talk about is CHANGING everything.
Now, my America isn't perfect. Nothing made by the hand of man is, but what America stands for is standing on your own two feet and not just trying to survive, to eke out a meager existence in some welfare state, but to take your sister and brother along for the ride and EXCEL.
Liberals don't smile very much, ever notice that? I mean a real silly ass ear-to-ear, not some Hillaryesque crocodile grin. Except of course unless they're talking about their favorite subject, themselves. But never when talking about America. Now, Sarah Palin stood her ground, tucked in that pretty chin and sent those liberal fastballs clear over the fence, and did it with a charming smile. They went dead red on her but made the mistake of putting it in her wheelhouse then those beaming eyes lit up, and see ya Mr. Spalding.
I like the gal. Seems she gets it, she knows how lucky she was to be born here and what a truly magnificent place it is.
I'm convinced. And voting for John McCain. For Sarah's sake, and for the sake of all the Sarah's in America.