Sarah Palin "lit up the Republican National Convention last night,” writes Nancy Gibbs in Time. "The hall that felt like a tomb on Monday might as well have seen the Second Coming of Ronald Reagan, so ecstatic was the crowd." As the Alaskan governor spoke amid dancing, chanting delegates, “it was clear a new star had been born, one who could go places John McCain may not even know exist and say things he could never confess.”
Palin was short on substance and long on inaccuracies, Joe Klein writes, but it hardly mattered. "Palin established herself as a major-league performer, a very effective messenger for the perennial Republican themes of low taxes and strong defense. And a new theme—government reform." She was so good, he notes, that "John McCain, not nearly the speaker that Palin seems to be, has a tough act to follow tomorrow night."