A journalist observes life in the far north.
OK. I’ll admit it. Sarah Palin’s speech was good. Her voice, while a little shrill for me at times, made her sound like a fighter. The tone and pitch reminded me a bit of Hillary Clinton. I loved the joke: The only difference between hockey moms and pit bulls is lip stick. I liked her talk of increasing the use of alternative energies. I liked her pledge to stand up for special needs people. I thought her crack suggesting that Barack Obama is two faced was fair. She hearkened back to his famously embarrassing quote that small town Americans are clinging to their guns and Bibles.
I bristled, however, at her remark that she doesn’t care whether she gets the approval of reporters. Not that I think she should wake up every morning and think about how she can suck up to the press. But the press is an important institution of our democracy and I admire political candidates who understand that. I think the press has treated her pretty fairly. Also, without the press, she wouldn’t be enjoying such a successful political career. It’s a cheap shot to diss the press.
A small chill went up my spine when she talked about wanting victory in Iraq. I thought we already had victory. Saddam Hussein has been brought to justice. The problem is getting out of there without the place falling apart. The Iraq war is costing $341 million a day, according to the National Priorities Project. That money could better be spent at home on roads and schools, not to mention bridges and levees, particularly considering Iraq is rich in oil.
I thought part of the speech, going over her family and background, was repetitive. Palin already did that with her speech in Ohio. Nevertheless, considering her inexperience on the national scene, it’s probably smart to run on her character. I bet a lot of undecided voters are going to cast their vote based on their gut feelings about the candidates. You have to admire Palin, a mother of five, including a special needs baby and a pregnant teenage daughter, for going from hockey mom to vice presidential candidate. It’s pretty amazing to be able to run a large family, a state and a campaign for the White House. It makes me wonder why I don’t do more.