As one friend texted, she's the best Obama advertisment yet - and after he texted, he donated.
She was straight up insulting at times. Her speech was rich with biblical allusions and references to major campaign narratives but free of overt "Thanks, Hillary" moments.
And the GOP seemingly forever removed from its arsenal the notion of family values or the benefits of bearing children in wedlock as Sarah Palin obliquely dismissed her daughter's pregnancy: "Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys."
Also, it appears Palin missed Fred Thompson's speech in which he informed us that things are actually going really well in America:
We do so while taking a different view of our country than that of the other party. Listening to them, you'd think that we were in the middle of a Great Depression -- (laughter) -- that we're down, disrespected, incapable of prevailing against challenges that face us. Now, we know that we have challenges. Always have, always will. But we also know that we live in the freest, strongest, most generous and prosperous nation in the history of the world and we're thankful for that. (Cheers, applause.)Thompson didn't use the word "danger" once. Palin used the word and its relatives at least three times, telling us "this world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organizer." World of threats and dangers? I thought we were cool!
She reserved especially vitriolic tones for her mentions of Obama's community organizing - one could almost see the words thrown from her mouth into the convention hall onto which the delegates could leap and tear apart.
It's easy to envision Sarah Palin in the woods, sight trained on big game, taking her shots with ease and glee. As at least one YouTube parody I saw today pointed out (I can't remember which or find it now), this lady went from the PTA to the governor's mansion pretty freaking fast. Underestimating her would be a mistake.
Judging her unqualified or unprepared for the office may or may not be a mistake.
Deciding her values fly in the face of mine and probably yours, liberal reader, that's totally fine and encouraged.