Sarah Palin, John McCain's VP pick, delivered her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night. It was not so much a speech as an angry, sarcastic tirade with a smile. If the presidential ticket of the United States were to be decided by the mean spiritedness of the candidates, then McCain and Palin should win hands down. I will have more to say about this later. For now, here is Gail Collins in NYT. An excerpt:
The speech was very well done. The Palin family — who we’re supposed to ignore, but they did sort of seem to be pretty much front and center — were adorable. And she was way more effective than the keynote speaker, Rudy Giuliani, at the red-meat-tossing detail. If you’re going to be really mean for an extended period of time, it’s better if you don’t look as if you want to lunge for the throat of the cameramen.
We had been waiting for a long time to hear from Palin, who went to the mattresses almost immediately after she was introduced to the nation by John McCain last week. What followed was a long line of unexpected revelations, from the fabled teenage pregnancy to my own personal favorite: the threat to fire the town librarian who refused to censor books.
Message to Joe Biden: Forget about old school chivalry. Give Ms Palin the best you've got . This woman doesn't need genteel deference - all her punches land below the belt.