For Palin, Speech Was Easy Part

Real test: can she woo undecideds?
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 4, 2008 5:20 AM CDT
Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, walks onto the stage at the Republican National Convention at the Exel Convention Center in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008.    (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin earned roars from the primed Republican crowd last night in St. Paul—but it remains to be seen whether she can translate that enthusiasm to undecided voters, writes Adam Nagourney in the New York Times. “It’s more difficult with someone of her background to go on the attack than it would be for Joe Biden” with his years of experience, a former GOP senator tells Nagourney.

“It's unclear if the sharp and often mocking tone of her attacks—combined with her general avoidance of such key issues as the economy—might turn off swing voters across the country,” Nagourney notes. Palin “made no effort to say what she might do as a vice president” in the era of Al Gore and Dick Cheney, full partners to the president, he adds. But she should be able to energize right-wingers, Nagourney writes.