Sarah Palin: The hockey mom scores

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?


2 responses to “Sarah Palin: The hockey mom scores

  1. Though it might not be that bad of an idea to run against the media if the largest watched news empire–FOX–is blocking for you 🙂 It’s hard to get a sense of what’s going on from the Buda because I don’t see the pundits, only the news (how old fashioned!!!). And even though intellectually and politically I am kind of horrified by Gov. Palin, she certainly has appeal, and she certainly brings the rock-star quality to this campaign that Barak has had this whole time and McCain (whose most exciting moment thus far was when the shelf of milk collapsed next to him in a grocery store while Barak was in Germany) has sorely needed. Not that I’m going to be buying a “my pitbull wears lipstick” tee shirt anytime soon, but the debates should be exciting.

  2. I think people in this country have a sense of fairness — and civility. Both were missing in the initial news coverage about Sarah Palin.

    And her comment about being mayor of a small town versus being a community organizer, well…

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