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A Disgruntled Reader Gets Gruntled

And he (or she) admits that I was right on our Sarah. Not only that, this reader explains with great astuteness how she broadens what it means to put country first:

The other night Governor Palin allowed this disgruntled reader to check his own reality check. By any account, she performed splendidly. Amidst two presidential campaigns that often seem to emphasize a choice between alternative human types-the transpolitical, magnetic One vis-à-vis the patriotic, all-too-human Guardian, she did what neither candidate had managed to do to date, namely, appear to be a compellingly real person who is also a compellingly real American. Giving credit where credit is due, your early call about her being something of a prodigy was right. Granted she delivered a prepared speech, albeit on a less than perfect teleprompter. But she did so in a way that allowed the audience to see that she is something of a force of nature. She appeared approachable yet tough, confident yet humble, and serious yet charmingly even-keeled. For these reasons, the convention was (and is) hers. That was clear Wednesday night; it was only reinforced last night by McCain’s serviceable speech. The question now is whether the election can be hers? It is remarkable that prior to her pick as VP McCain had remained so close in the polls; he clearly has not been terribly helped by the country’s weariness of the Bush administration and by the media’s portrayal of an Obama made-even more-young and beautiful. That says something about the overall weakness of both Obama and McCain. It seems the McCain team picked "better than they knew." But it also seems that they now know this. McCain’s speech last night continued his theme of County First. Yet even in the laconic, and for that reason stirring, retelling of his imprisonment and the love of county it kindled, he broadened the conception of what it means to put Country First. Moving beyond his earlier definition, it is now said to include an appreciation and defense of the way of life many Americans like his small town VP live. I am not sure if this broadening can mask the latent bifocalism I see in his campaign and thus bring him to the White House. However, I am more open than before to thinking that it may signal a real change in the party down the road-a road that most likely will have to run through Alaska

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Moving beyond his earlier definition, it is now said to include an appreciation and defense of the way of life many Americans like his small town VP live.

It's only fair to note that Gov. Huckabee has been trying to stake out this territory for his party all campaign season long. Admittedly, there has been something a little soft-focused and sentimental--and, thus, not quite convincing--in his presentation--a problem that Gov. Palin doesn't have. Why? Sarah lives in this territory right now; Mike mostly only remembers it.

This is a fair point Ed and I'm glad you made it. I'm not sure if Huckabee's "only remembering" the territory explains everything about her breakthrough as opposed to his lack of it . . . but it might be part of the story.

However, I am more open than before to thinking that it may signal a real change in the party down the road-a road that most likely will have to run through Alaska

If only it were true. I think Palin as more of a strategic choice, rather than a signal that the GOP is turning a new leaf. The fact that McCain got the nomination is exhibit A for me. Still as others have noted, let's hope Palin is a rising star, and even more importantly let's hope she is not corrupted into a cog-in-the-GOP-machine along the way...

"The other night Governor Palin allowed this disgruntled reader to check his own reality check. By any account, she performed..." [time to snip the rest of a rambling, disjointed and incoherent piece of pseudo-intellectual blah blah]

perhaps, in the time-honored tradition of e.e., the anti-iraq war, pro-republican-at-any-cost peter l ought to just stick to short, pithy comments on the misery of the current political scene?

stephen--first off, this comment isn't mine (although i like it well enough). second, on the other post i was summarizing the opinion of dreher and other crunchy cons. third, the republicans can't possibly win the election on the iraq war alone.

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