Well, I haven’t been up that late since New Year’s Eve (probably mid-80s). But there I was just a few hours ago watching Sarah Palin on TV. Glad I did because I think she scored a lot of points both with the convention delegates and the American people.
And I’m interested in this for several reasons. Here’s one. Palin is a political outsider. She’s not embraced by the “inside-the-Beltway” media crowd — who basically have gotten just about everything else about this election wrong starting with dismissing Obama in Iowa. I wrote about that yesterday.
And I guess Palin had some of the same thoughts. Here’s from her speech last night, as reported in The Washington Post this morning:
“I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion — I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”
It’s not a good strategy to run an election against the news media. Spiro Agnew tried that — and, well that didn’t turn out so well.
So now we’ll see if Palin and McCain can control the message.
Wonder where the Obama Girl has been during all of this?