While Republicans are busy trying to spin Sarah Palin’s fluff VP acceptance speech as proof that she is ready to lead, the campaign of Barack Obama put out a statement that called her speech well delivered, but the same old song and dance that we have been hearing for eight years.
Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said, “The speech that Governor Palin gave was well delivered, but it was written by George Bush’s speechwriter and sounds exactly like the same divisive, partisan attacks we’ve heard from George Bush for the last eight years. If Governor Palin and John McCain want to define ‘change’ as voting with George Bush 90% of the time, that’s their choice, but we don’t think the American people are ready to take a 10% chance on change.”
Palin showed herself to be fine cheerleader for John McCain, but she demonstrated zero knowledge on any of the issues. Except for the biographical part of her speech, everything else was the standard McCain stump speech. There was no talk about the economy, healthcare, the mortgage crisis, foreign policy, or education. Instead this speech was dedicated to portraying Palin as the every woman suburban housewife, who really likes John McCain.
There was nothing of substance here as evidence by the fact that even used the same tired attacks on Obama. The campaign tried to paint the Democrat as an elitist who hates small town America and thinks that everyone there is bitter. This is the same tactic that the much more skilled and intelligent Clinton campaign tried and failed with.
There was nothing in her speech that convinced me that has any grasp of the issues, or the readiness to assume the presidency. Burton is right. This was the same standard, anti-Democrat Bush line that we have heard for eight years now. I am sure that Republicans lapped it up like starving dogs, but I doubt that her speech had much impact on non-Republicans. Palin’s speech was geared towards the Republican base. It did its job, but all in all was highly forgettable.