I finally had a chance to see the Palin speech and can readily see why it is that so many believe a star is born. Sarah Palin was very commanding on stage. She knows how to give a speech and she knows how to communicate through a camera to her audience. I would advise the Governor to forgo the slight face-scrunching that comes with getting off a good line because I don’t think that she ought to telegraph her rhetorical punches to the audience. But those punches are exceedingly powerful indeed and it is clear that Governor Palin can more than hold her own in speechifying. A very worthy performance; anyone who goes up against Governor Palin had best bring his/her lunch.
John McCain will never be a great orator but he threw his heart and soul into his acceptance speech and I think the crowd noted and appreciated it. His grace note to Senator Obama was a very good one and yet, he was able to mix it up effectively policywise. I was annoyed–as I am sure others were–by the efforts that were made by protestors to disrupt the speech, but McCain handled it well. I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed with the significant attention that was paid to the need for school choice–I hope we see a lot more of that during this campaign. The call for bipartisanship when bipartisanship–or non-partisanship–can be achieved was impressive as well, though it ought to be mentioned that lots of times, partisanship gets a bum rap; there is nothing intrinsically wrong with having a side and fighting for it and partisanship that is kept in perspective and stems from heartfelt belief can be a tremendous service to the nation. The foreign policy discussion was impressive and important, as was the discussion over how best to keep government small, taxes low and the market free.
Of course, Senator McCain’s discussion of his captivity was deeply moving, as was the rousing end to his speech where wisely, he decided to speak with the cheers rather than wait for them to die down. The Senator needs to stop grinning whenever he thinks he has delivered a snazzy remark. And I could go the rest of my life without hearing the words “my friends.” But while Senator McCain is not a gifted orator, he is a tremendously passionate one. How could anyone who has gone through what he has not be passionate about America and about serving it?
If that passion shines through, he may yet win this election. Certainly, it seems that the American people are willing to give him a fair shake, a fact that so many, who have been so willing to believe that John McCain would be blown away in a rout, must find astonishing to contemplate.