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RNC: Palin ready, GOP will take it to the streets September 4, 2008

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In this news-bite world, here’s all you need to know about last night at the RNC:

“Change is not a destination. Hope is not a strategy” – Rudy Giuliani

“I’m a Republican not because I was born rich. I’m a Republican because I didn’t want to spend my life poor, waiting for the government to rescue me.” – Mike Huckabee

“Dependency [on government] is death to initiative.” – Mitt Romney

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that, in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they’re listening and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening. No, we tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco. As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes and whoever is listening John McCain is the same man.” – Sarah Palin

For those of you who want some other thoughts, here goes:

Giuliani nailed it on every turn. Setting up the presidential choice this year as if it were an interviewer with two resumes to choose from (with name and party affiliation blocked out) was genius. This is what we do as voters, much like an employer would do in selecting an employee. Of course, this would be an easy choice with John McCain’s formidable resume versus Barack Obama’s slight resume. The point was driven home when Giuliani pointed to the fact that Obama voted “present” 130 times during his tenure in the Illinois House of Representatives. And then exclaimed, “For president it’s not good enough to be present. You must make a decision.” Decisions are not Obama’s long suit. don’t trust me, just look at the record.

Huckabee took a little different route. Calling Obama’s trip to Europe “Barack’s Excellent Adventure” was priceless. He was on target with the idea that the “media elite” had united and energized the party with recent coverage that was “tackier than a costume change at a Madonna concert.” The old Baptist minister was on a roll. If there was one address this night that might be characterized as cynical and sarcastic, it was Huckabee’s, but, if so, only marginally. And, you couldn’t beat the story of the Arkansas school teacher. Not a dry eye in the house.

Romney towed the line but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t engaging. The truth that government is death to initiative is not spoken nearly enough. The other point that has to be dealt with by Democrats and Independents is the reality of good and evil. Obama, et al, do not seem to believe this. It’s an “everything is beautiful in it’s own way” view from them and the sad fact is, that it’s wrong. Romney rightly pointed out and named the present evil and that he did not stand alone in this belief, McCain, Ronald Reagan, and others also agreed.

All pounded on Michelle Obama’s statement by proclaiming there was never a day they weren’t proud to be American. She, like her husband, only retract and renegotiate the territory when they discover it’s too hot for them to show their real selves. They are dangerous and don’t think otherwise.

Adept and adroit are the things that occurred to me while watching Sarah Palin. That is, as the dictionary defines:
Adept: A highly skilled person; an expert. Synonym: proficient
Adroit: cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious: an adroit debater. Synonym: deft

I found no note of sarcasm or cynicism in her tone. She was direct and challenged those who have challenged her of the past few days. As I thought at the outset, she is not a woman to be trifled with and she will stand erect against the most punishing scrutiny. This might yet make John McCain look like a political genius. The quote I offered at the opening of this blog is indicative of the tone of the address. She did not say anything particularly provocative, but she didn’t have to. She needed to prove to the newly energized base that she was worthy of their enthusiasm. She did. She is. She will be.

It’s going to be an interesting and entertaining 60 days. The Democrats, like Hillary Clinton last year, have a situation that is theirs to lose. Sarah Palin is to the Democrats what Obama was to Clinton: the unexpected, unanticipated wild card that trips them up on their way to their coronation.

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