So last night I rushed home from seeing the lovely Adele (who was great!) to watch another woman, Sarah Palin, take the national stage for the first time as the Republican Vice Presidential nominee. Throughout this election, I have prided myself on being very objective and critical of both candidates, however, the level of snark and specifically, the belittling of the validity of community organizing work, was immature and a blatant smack in the face to all of those who have dedicated their time to serving their communities. In delivering her speech, Palin played up two main threads of the conservative GOP collective, oil and fear, while not giving any real plan for the future that her and John McCain have laid out for this country.
I wanted her to convince me that John McCain was a true maverick, and that maybe, he was onto something that none of us expected. I expected class and a clear statement of her views and qualifications. What I got were one-liners and a “’round em up” sensibility that seemed geared towards a white, blue-collar community and not every American. Interestingly enough, she did not mention her counterpart, Joe Biden nor foreign policyâ€”a very big issue for all Americans.
Sarah Palin has some serious work to do. Outside of having a unwed teenage daughter (but wait! They are getting married!) and a infant with down-syndrome, she has to be in a position to lead a nation with her own views and with an independent foresight. Witnessing a speech that was clearly written for her is, in my opinion, not a good way to start down that path. See for yourself and tell me what you think!
ps. I would bet a million dollars that the only thing Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin’s babys-father was thinking was “hold her hand, hold her hand, hold her hand”, he looked terrified!
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