Hockey Mom delivers


She was combative and she was funny — sometimes snarky — and the crowd here clung to every single word. I can’t help but think she’s a plus on the ticket. And I can’t get over how much she looks like Tina Fey.

“I love those hockey Moms. You know, they say, the difference between a hockey Mom and a pitbull?… Lipstick!”

Update: full text of her speech here.


She talked about her son, Track, going off to Iraq next 9/11. She talked about, “The determination, the resolve and the sheer guts of Senator John McCain.” … “As a mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as commander-in-chief.”


On her family:

“And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical. That’s how it is with us. Our family has the same ups and downs as any other … the same challenges and the same joys.
Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge. And children with special needs inspire a special love. To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.”

Her husband is a “proud member” of the Steelworkers Union – applause is kind of interesting given the union-bashing we’ve heard tonight.

Her parents taught her: “This is America and every woman can walk through every door of opportunity.”


She delivered her big line perfectly: “Since our opponents look down on that experience let me explain to them what the job involves. It’s kind of like being a community organizer… except with actual responsibility.”

On Obama and small towns: “We don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening. We tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.”


On her fiscal conservatism as governor of Alaska:

“That luxury jet was over the top… I put it on Ebay.”


“I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence. That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart.”

And this is the part where she tries to demonstrate that even though she apparently only got her passport last year, she knows about foreign policy.

“With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.
To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies … or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia … or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries … we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas.
And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we’ve got lots of both.

On drilling:
“Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems – as if we all didn’t know that already. But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.”

“Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines … build more new-clear** plants … create jobs with clean coal … and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources.”

[** Yes, they spelled it new-clear in the text of her speech that was sent out.]


On Obama: “But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform – not even in the state senate.”


The crowd loved her speech. They really loved it when she got on the stage, her baby in her arms, and the rest of the family all around. Now McCain has gone up and the stadium is electrified.

McCain: “Don’t you think we made the right choice for the next vice-president of the United States? And what a beautiful family.”


Maybe I’m the only reporter in Canada to think this, and maybe it’s because I’m here in the Republican bubble, but I think this pick brings a lot of pluses to the ticket — mobilizing the pro-life and Christian base at a time when Obama was enjoying an “enthusiasm” edge in on-the-ground organizing; rejeuvenating the ticket that looked like an old white guy; and piquing the interest of women… I’ll be surprised if they get a lot of the hard-core Hillary voters — they’re too far apart on the issues, but after watching this confident and combative speech, and seeing the hearty endorsement from the security uber-hawks like Giuliani, I think a lot of independent women are going to tune in to hear more from Palin.


Hockey Mom delivers

  1. Oh god what a dreadful speech – even by her own meagre standards. Mean-spirited and petty, it seemed more than anything like some unholy cross between a wedding speech and a (terrible) stand-up comedy routine.

    We didn’t hear much about her – it was mostly about McCain and Obama, which I suppose is not surprising because there isn’t that much to say.

    This might energize the base (as evidenced in the half-empty Xcel centre), but it will , if anything, turn independents and undecideds off this ticket.

    Grade: C-

  2. I thought she was great. Maybe it’s the disaffected Westerner in me, but I love the Washington dissonance of her working-class husband and a son facing active duty in Iraq.

  3. She certainly is what she is, but can anyone imagine this person with their finger on the nucular trigger?

  4. Maybe if the trigger had some delicious king crab on it? Or if instead of pushing the button, you had to shoot it from a rifle?

  5. Steve W — I had that thought too.
    Between McCain the war hero and Palin the mom-of-an-active-duty-soldier, it would be quite a contrast with the Bush-Cheney administration.
    Although I wonder if her son will actually be deployed given her new high-profile position. He’ll have a Prince Harry problem.

  6. I’m not so worried about her having nukes as much as just being in charge at all.

    What if McCain dies before the election?

  7. Luiza, did you really think that statements dripping contempt for Obama’s work as a community organizer were called for? Or even necessary?

  8. I thought her jabs at Obama were pretty good. But the majority of the speech and her delivery of it was awful. Is it only me who finds it hilarious that the GOP is going to run their campaign as Washington outsiders?

  9. If the glass-house Dems are dumb enough to throw lack of experience stones at Palin, then yes, gentry, absolutely.

  10. I think a lot of independent women are going to tune in to hear more from Palin.

    And are they going to hear about the scandals as well? No here, that’s for sure.

  11. If the glass-house Dems are dumb enough to throw lack of experience stones at Palin,

    Yes, that’s right. Palin has ex-e-cu-tive experience.

    I’d like to poll conservapublicans to find out when they first became aware of that concept and if they had ever thought it was a substantive qualification before.

  12. Don’t do it, MYL. No troll-feeding. Get your hands off the keyb

  13. Well it’s been 50 years since a senator has been elected president. The “decision” thing resonated well. Too bad it doesn’t apply to McCain, but he’s got the war hero tag to make up for that.

  14. Any sign of Ted Stevens in all this?

    Not that it matters. If it doesn’t fit the narrative it gets disappeared.

  15. I’d love to hear more about these “new-clear plants.”

  16. “She certainly is what she is, but can anyone imagine this person with their finger on the nucular trigger?”

    We’re doomed if McCain dies. Her preacher has said, “We are living in the last days.” What if she wants to fulfill the prophecy? Is Rev. Hagee trying to sneak her into the Oval Office?

    I came hear after searching for “new-clear.”

  17. Yes, they spelled it “new-clear” in the text they emailed to reporters. It’s still spelled that way on the GOP website. Is it a new attempt at political spin or just a tired typist or spell check gone haywire? I don’t know.

  18. She says “nucular” like Bush does — you might have noticed in her earlier interviews with Kudlow (did it come up in her intro speech in Dayton?)…

    So if it actually said “new-clear” on the prompter — she pronounced it correctly last night — that’s why. GOP strategists who are tired of hearing about that from Democrat critics. (First time I heard “nucular” was on Toronto playgrounds, growing up in the 1980s…)

  19. I thought she was great! I think its time to cut through all of the rhetoric and have some “real people” in Washington. I believe a lot of people will finally be able to relate to a political candidate, something that hasn’t been possible for some time. Her style of speech may be different but I think it makes her a refreshing change and someone the rest of us can relate to.

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