'Vicious' Speech Bodes Well

Commentators weigh in on how Sarah Palin did
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Sep 4, 2008 10:29 AM CDT
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, left, is joined by Republican presidential candidate John McCain, right, and daughter Piper at the end of her speech, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(Newser) – How’d Sarah Palin do in her convention debut? Commentators agree that she showed impressive speaking skills, but part ways on whether she was convincing as a potential VP.

  • The speech was “great” but “vicious,” Dahlia Lithwick writes at Slate. Palin, uses what Lithwick calls a risky tactic: “If your opponent is larger than life, strive to be smaller than life.”

  • The New Republic’s Eve Fairbanks thought Palin was “lovable,” but still came away unimpressed: “Just because we’re a nation of 100,000 Wasillas doesn’t mean all those 100,000 mayors ought to be in the White House.”
  • At the Guardian, Michael Tomasky thinks that Palin put the speech to good political use and managed to “save her candidacy,” for now. "And, since she opened up a can of whup-ass on the Democrats, it entitles them to open up a can on her."
  • John Fund, observing the enthusiastic response to her Obama skewering, writes in the Wall Street Journal: "Twenty years after Ronald Reagan left office, Republicans who have long missed him may have found a future Margaret Thatcher.