Video: Highlights of Sarah Palin Speech at the RNC

by Infidelesto on September 4, 2008 · 17 comments

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Times Online

In what was almost certainly the most-watched speech by a candidate for the number two spot in the US government in the history of that much-derided job, Mrs Palin seized her moment with flair and a self-assurance that suggested her many critics in the last week might have seriously underestimated her.

She delighted an ecstatic audience of Republican delegates with a highly personal account of her life and her record as governor of Alaska, introducing her large and growing family, the focus of much attention in the last week, and detailing her achievements as a reformer in the mould of John McCain.

But she was at her most effective when delivering scathing attacks on her Democratic opponents, taunting Barack Obama about his lofty rhetoric of “change” and repeatedly contrasting his record with that of Senator McCain’s.

Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election,” she said. “In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

And in a daring move, she turned Democratic attacks on her own inexperience against them, contrasting her career as a small-town mayor with Senator Obama’s years as a community organizer.

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

For good measure she also took time to swipe at her tormentors in the media in the last week, where a profusion of commentators has derided her light qualifications: I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And 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. 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.”

Her speech was relatively light on policy, though she demonstrated a firm grasp of energy issues, gained from her years in the oil and gas industry and as governor of America’s largest oil-producing state. She made much of her achievements in Alaska, where she has established a reputation for tackling a corrupt political establishment

“Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That’s why true reform is so hard to achieve,” she said, but “in short order we put the government of our state on the side of the people. “

And another thing about Palin bow being attacked by the left for “insulting a community organizer” oh noo!! say it ain’t so!!

Tonight I flipped to CNN and was struck by the talking heads flipping out about the Giuliani/Palin mocking of community organizers—as if the Obama team’s dismissals of “small-town” mayors was fair play. The MSM networks are going ballistic at her speech and apparently never imagined that anyone would dare bite back—and also at them, the ‘elite media’ of the press, no less!

Compared to what Kerry et al. said about McCain, Palin was no tougher on the other side, so it is odd to hear CNN female pundits suddenly shocked, shocked that a “woman” would dare attack a man like that, and that it may “not play” outside the hall. Like it or now we are back in a cultural and populist war, brought on by a week of liberal character assassination.

The Left made a terrible mistake in the manner they have smeared Palin, and now they seem appalled at the red-state authentic populist backlash which is a different sort than studied Bidenism, where one recalls a distant childhood, not the recent past, or the living present, to prove they are one with the people.

So things heat up and are getting ugly as they always seem to do by September in an election year. Today it was no accident in the wake of the attacks on Palin that suddenly Obama comes out with pro-abortion ads attacking the pro-life position of McCain. The timing is a sort of subtext about the current and recent Palin jr. and sr. pregnancies: apparently Team Obama want the viewer to see a pregnant teen-ager and a Down syndrome child and ponder something like: “under John McCain abortion in these cases would have been impossible.”

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  • Storm-Rider

    Truth is a scalpel, it removes the cancer. Truth is a weapon and cuts like a laser; it is a terrible swift sword.

    The truth will keep us free.

  • carolyne

    True Storm Rider.   Thanks! 

     The LIARS HAD BETTER GET BACK UNDER THEIR ROCKS!  Each one has their name on one, starting with Barack & Biden, then MO and what’s her name.  Never have known Biden’s wife’s name, never mind who cares anyway, they can just share a rock.  All Biden wants to do is screw anyway.  So have at it.  LOL

    KILLER KENNEDY’S  awful nasty boring speech has just been cancelled!
    Thank God!!   Killer Kennedy won’t be here anyway so Pelosi and Reid can have his rock, since there will be a shortage of rocks in Washington.

    There are no rocks for the “elite media”  all out.  So you are fair game, now we are all out to get you, Hell Hath No Furry!

  • carolyne

    MCCAIN is the Pit Bull without lipstick and is he going to bite down on Obama.  I thought Rudy did great too.   Loved how you presented who you would choose for the Job.  That line about Biden getting it in writing, PER-R-R-FECT.
    Rudy you did great @ 911 and thank you for your wonderful leadership at such a testing time.

    Not only did Palin knock the ball out of the park all the way to Washington, but the ‘ole bat’  Hitllary flew out with it, and is on it’s way to knock out ole botox Pelosie.  All has beens.
    Love McCain/Palin  YOU ARE THE BEST!  My yard signs are going up!
    Bumper stickers & T-shirts on and I am out the door to campaign for a top team.  McCain as I said will grow on everyone, he’s so special, and endured so much.  Kept standing, thank you John and Cindy, I really don’t know why you would want to be President & First Lady with all the ungrateful people but I sure am grateful.

    We are proud of you and our country!

    Palin a true breath of fresh air!

    BO is always stinky hot air – SHEW!

  • carolyne


    If we are lucky his Muslim friends will buy it with Obama and MO in it!

  • Storm-Rider

    “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king….and I am not afraid of anything.”  Queen Elizabeth I

  • jennyjen

    Sarah Palin walked up to that mic and showed America her fortitude!  I wonder how long Michelle had to comfort Barry after Palin’s speech, he’s probably still sucking his thumb!


    Obama Man:   I don’t think so Jennyjen … after all Obama has vowed to run this political race like a Christian.  Palin is doing more of what you guys do, you try to prove your white supremacy and then claim God had something to do with it (Most White People are not racist).  All of you guys are going straight to hell. 


    OBAMA MAN: Palin is as dishonest as John Mccain is a cheat … he cheated on his wife and he will cheat on the country.  John Mccain had relations with his current wife while he was already married to his former wife.  Now that is not me calling John Mccain a cheat because he is black … the same way you use the Muslim card.  Shame on you sinful people.   


    Yes but did she say that John Mccain committed Adultry on his wife as he will on America.  Did she say that.

  • Tonto (USA)

    Obamalamadingdong and “Biting Biden” are a couple of empty suits that never amounted to a hill of mouse poop.  Neither one of them ever really accomplished anything to match McCain or Palin.  Tonight, O’Reily made the Obamalameness look like a little boy getting his ass chewed out by his Daddy.

  • Andrew

    Comment by OBAMA MAN on 4 September 2008:
    Obama Man:   I don’t think so Jennyjen … after all Obama has vowed to run this political race like a Christian.  Palin is doing more of what you guys do, you try to prove your white supremacy and then claim God had something to do with it (Most White People are not racist).  All of you guys are going straight to hell.


  • jennyjen

    Run a political race like a Christian?!?!? I don’t think that’s possible. Your boy is an empty suit as Tonto says, he’s buddies with terrorists, Kwame in Detroit and that shady real estate guy that just got locked up. At first I was flattered at your need to comment on everything I say- now I’m afraid you may be obsessed. And one more time for the record Obama Man- you are not God. You don’t get to tell me I’m going to Hell. You don’t even know me so who are you to judge me, exactly you’re NOBODY!

  • Obama Man

    Comment by jennyjen on 5 September 2008:And one more time for the record Obama Man- you are not God. You don’t get to tell me I’m going to Hell. You don’t even know me so who are you to judge me, exactly you’re NOBODY!

    Obama Man: You guys are nothing more than liyers … you may disagree with Obama and his policies as I disagree with you based on a collaboration of the evidence.  However, I would never lie on you and call you a Muslim and say you don’t have any substance.  Why … well, even though I don’t agree with you I want you to be treated fairly.  That is what Obama is trying to say…even through  you don’t agree with him he is going to treat you right.  Obama has not lied on you the way you’ve lied on him.  You have no evidence that Obama is Muslim …  But Muslim is not a religion to you it is code word for black man. But you can’t use the Jennyjen N Bomb so you say Muslim is the new code word for black.  Shame on you so called Americans.

  • jennyjen

    Obama Man: Barry has not denied his affiliations with these corrupt people, he’s had fundraisers at their homes and has been friends with Bill Ayers for many years. He threw his preacher and his grandmother under a bus but won’t toss Ayers?? Yeah, thats the kinda judgment the American people want in a president?

  • WoolyBully

    Caroline seems to be on a roll.  Wonder who she supports really?  I think she is a Democrat in disguise.

  • carolyne

    Not so, I support McCain/Palin and wonder who you support??  I have always in the past voted for the man, made some mistakes in my choices, but for the most part I am pleased with my voting record, and have always been present. Never missed voting.  I have a right to vote for whom I choose, as you do, so don’t accuse me unless you are just trying to undermine and that is what it sounds like.  It is what it is.
    No worries, my heart is in the RIGHT DIRECTION.

  • carolyne

    Sarah Palin is the best and so is McCain- our country will be blessed by them.
    It’s McCain’s time and God’s perfect timing.

    I am grateful.  You can expect when you are on the right side, things will heat up.  At the end of the day, you can overcome evil with good.  Doesn’t mean you won’t have a fight on your hands at times, but God has not given us the spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind.