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Sarah Palin delivered a great speech tonight -- for her party, for John McCain, for herself, for what she set out to accomplish. This was America's first real glimpse at the Alaska governor, and what we saw was a boffo politician who speaks in a plaintive prairie voice that channels America's Heartland like a chilling breeze rippling a field of wheat, who knows how to tell a joke, how to bring down the house and bring a tear to a few eyes. She is proud of her family, as she should be, and there is much to admire in her own "personal journey of discovery" (don't we all have these, by the way?) including her efforts to raise her son Trig. It is indeed nice to think that there would be an advocate for such children inside the corridors of the White House, although I'd surely like to hear what -- if anything -- she's done for special needs kids as governor of Alaska.
But...it was a great speech -- written for someone else, a male in fact, days before the Palin selection was even a gleam in John McCain's eye, but a great speech nonetheless. The pundits are fawning over it as I write this -- Tom Brokaw said she could not have been "more winning and more engaging" -- and in a world that is dominated by horse race journalism I can understand why, because I agree that Palin's one-of-a-kind story has given her long shot running mate a decent chance now of pulling this one out at the finish line.
It's a good metaphor, a horse race, because in the end it finishes right near where it started -- just as it will be for America if John McCain and Sarah Palin are sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009. Yes, it was a great speech politically, and a great night for her family, but an empty speech for America -- and for America's families. It was defined by its lowest moment, Palin's shameless lie about "the Bridge to Nowhere."
This was a Speech to Nowhere.
It was a Speech to Nowhere when Palin said that "I told the Congress 'Thanks but no thanks' on that Bridge to Nowhere," because that was a lie, and the worst kind of lie in American politics, a blatant falsehood that showed utter contempt for the American people that Palin pledged to serve, assuming we are too stupid to look up or know that truth, that she pushed for those funds in Congress and while she got great political mileage out of announcing that she was killing the project, she still has not returned the funds to American people.
It was a Speech to Nowhere because Palin also boasted seconds before her lie of fighting against wasteful earmarks in Congress, even though she pushed for and accepted $27 million of such grants when she was mayor of Wasilla.
It was a Speech to Nowhere because Palin said that "we've got lots" of oil and gas this country, and while one supposes that all depends upon what you definition of the words "lots" is, the production of oil in the United States has been irrevocably on the decline since 1970, and with her words she showed this nation that she and John McCain will perpetrate the dangerous myths that began with Ronald Reagan at his acceptance speech in 1980, that sunny optimism is the solution to all our energy woes, and not a posture that put energy research on a war footing, or requires moral leadership on conservation, mass transit, or any other common sense answers whatsoever.
It was a Speech to Nowhere because Palin boasted that "I stood up to the special interests, and the lobbyists, and the Big Oil companies," and the audience cheered -- after eight brutal years of the same crowd's cheering two oilmen in the White House who fiddled while $4-a-gallon gas burned and while American men and women died in a needless war fought on top of an oilfield, and while lobbyist friends like Jack Abramoff and Ralph Reed got rich at the same time.
It was a Speech to Nowhere because Palin had the nerve to talk at length about John McCain's "torturous interrogations" in the very same speech when she all but condoned the continuation of similar, abhorrent practices that have been directed for eight years by our own U.S. leaders, when she stated that Democrats are "worried that someone won't read them [terrorism suspects] their rights."
It was a Speech to Nowhere because Palin belittled "community organizers" -- thousands of Americans who work long hours for little pay in some of the toughest neighborhoods, trying to assist the American Dream that even the poorest among us can pull themselves out of the muck with a helping hand. Palin and other GOP speakers have turned a noble job into a dirty word tonight -- shame on you! Listen to what CNN's Roland Martin said after Palin's speech was over.
My two parents are sitting home in Houston, Texas and they are both community organizers and the GOP and Sarah Palin might have well have said "being community organizers doesn't matter" to my parents face. I'm disgusted. Community organizers keep people in their homes, keep their lights on, keep food in the fridge.
It was a Speech to Nowhere because it made no mention of the men that Sarah Palin and John McCain are running to replace -- their names are Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, in case you've forgotten this week -- and no acknowledgment that as many 80 percent of Americans believe this country is on the wrong track, or that you can't solve a nation's problems when you deny they exist.
It was a Speech to Nowhere because...well, I urge everyone to read the text, without Palin's sharp delivery or her adoring fans in the crowd and in the press box, and tell me where there is any kind of policy at all -- except for the short boilerplate passage on energy -- or any mention of the issues that concern everyday Americans, including the No. 1 issue of the economy. Show me the part where this "grand slam" of speech touches on how citizens can afford health care or sending their kids to college.
But more than anything else, it was a Speech to Nowhere because for all the acclaim, the great bulk of it was devoted to one thing, and that is the one thing that millions of Americans are talking about in 2008 when we talk about "change" -- to the ugliest kind of "pit bull" politics, to use Palin's words, that tear down the other side with cheap ad hominem attacks, surrounded by a cloud of half-truths (uh, those "Greek columns"...did you actually even watch Obama's speech? Because there weren't any) and ridiculous innuendo about "parting the waters" which means nothing but fires up a big hockey rink full of Dittoheads. These kind of vicious attacks -- without having the grace to acknowledge that, despite some real differences on issues with Obama, that he has already accomplished something impressive that says something positive about America and the progress we've made -- were utterly lacking in class. And this is what Tom Brokaw considers "winning" -- have we really sunk that low as a nation?. The people of America want and deserve a real debate, now trash talk from the basketball point guard who was once called "Sarah Barracuda."
I hope America wakes up tomorrow and realizes that Sarah Palin's words were rousing -- and completely empty, that they offered no road map (let alone bridge) for America other than more of the bogus partisan name-calling that has gotten us into the mess that we're in now.
Actually, let me rephrase that.
I hope America wakes up tomorrow
I can see what side you are rooting for, Mike.. None the less, she awoke the audience.
I am now, and always have been, an indpendant, so I'll take no sides, eiyher way.As far as I'm concerned, why should she have to mention anyones name from the "other" party? May I have a reason for that, please????
"But...it was a great speech -- written for someone else, a male in fact, days before the Palin selection was even a gleam in John McCain's eye, but a great speech none the less"
What makes you say the above? Do you alone have proof?
"It was defined by its lowest moment, Palin's shameless lie about "the Bridge to Nowhere"
Have you actually checked this out? Or is it because you have issues with the Gov?
Ah hell, I won't write any more, because my esponse is a "response to nowhere" Have a nice day, Mike. Vote Obamma !
lstaircav thought I mentioned this was an opinion post not by me, but at truthout.org.
Also just so you know I find it amazing that those who do not know this women, including mcCain since he meet her once, think she is "the greatest thing since chopped liver".
Her background just like Senator obama's has to be looked into or discussed.
Her standing up to a republican in alaska is one this,but standing up to the republicans in Washington DC will not be as easy.
Who you, I or anyone votes for is right to do so. I don;t knock anyone who would vote for McCain nor Obama.
Imagine if John Kerry was a Republican back in 2004, Republicans would have elected him.
I always say "action speaks louder then words" guess we shall all find out in 2 months.
ps: from what I understand and heard the other night when I was out of the country that her speach was written by President Bush's speach writer.
There is no way that john McCain can seperate himself from a man he supported during the past 8 years voting 90% of the time with President Bush.
I will say this; I will agree to dis-agree.....
I do believe McCain can distance himself. Have you been watching any of his interviews? I just want to see a Govt that will work, regardless who in the hell gets elected ! I have Grand-kids to think about, and my two children.
To be perfectly honest, I cannot see any way that I would vote republican this time, even if I still had any real respect for McCain - which I do not. Because of his ambition, McCain has changed virtually every one of his major positions in just a few months. According to his stump speeches, he is now against policies for which he wrote the bill.
As for the rest, we have six years of just too strong and terrible an example of republican government. For the first time, ever, the republicans had six full years in which they controlled both the legislature and the presidency and during which time they were able to put their policies into full effect.
The result has been truly disastrous. Not only has the government become more and more dangerously instrusive in our lives - they can now legally intercept our emails AND our snail mails, they can pick you up on an American street and lock you up with no right to a lawyer or to a court hearing - and many more such evils.
They are supposed to be the business party - supposed to be. I don't know how many of you have been paying attention, but at 6.1%, unemployment is as its highest level in over 5 years. Accoriding to the republican Dept of Labor, we have lost 605,000 jobs just since the beginning of this year,
And worst than that, home foreclosures are going out of sight. The Federal government has been taking over failing banks left and right. Today they announced the take over of Fannie Mac and Freddit Mac, which together control more than 50% if all mortgages in America. Simply put, without the Federal bail out- which means bail out by us, the taxpayers - we would now be well on our way not to a recession, but to a flat out depression.
And until this last week, John McCain has been parroting Bush in saying that the economy is basically strong. Last week it finally dawned on him that if he didn't start giving Obama's stump speech instead of his own, he was going to get beaten badly.
There is lots of other stuff - McCain claims to support alternative energy sources, but he does not really believe in them - he really doesn't, he said so in a speech earlier this year.
Me, I am not too excited about the democrats, but I'm damned if I will give the corrupt bunch of luddites that have run the country into the ditch these last six years a continuing opportunity to destroy my country.