Well, the big night is over. If Governor Palin was the butterfly, one does not have to go too far to feel the hurricane effect of her wings.
Liberals are stunned. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann seemed utterly stunned. Not just stunned, but livid over how successful Governor Palin was as the convention. Senator Harry Reid issued a statement saying that the VP nominee was “shrill and sarcastic.” (This comment never made it to the Senator’s website. Check out the quote at the Boston Globe.) Over on Senator Obama’s website, their response to the speech’s reference to his community activism: “Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.” That is the political equiavalent to responding “Your Mother”.
Conservatives are delighted. From Mike Gallagher’s blog: “And if we are fortunate enough to watch John McCain beat all the odds and win the presidency on November 4, I will always believe that Sarah Palin helped seal the deal for him.” From Faith Ammen: “Palin did not pander, she did not cater, she did not complain. She did not beg to be recognized for being such a powerful leader AND a woman. She just is who she is.” From William Crystal, over at the Weekly Standard: “This deflates all the sanctimonious praise of Obama at the Democratic convention for all his selfless years as a community organizer. And if you take away the community organizing, Obama’s just a career politician, one “who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform,” one of those who has used “change to promote their careers.” What’s left of Obama’s résumé, and his claim to deserve the presidency? Not much.”
What all this comes to is what staunch conservatives have been saying for years: conservatism works. All it takes is one person to get up and proclaim, in clear and certain terms, that he (or now she) is in favor of the core values upon which this country was built. Ronald Reagan did it, George Bush did it, now McCain-Palin are doing it. If they stick to their guns (and no one is going to wrestle a gun away from an NRA member) not only will they win this election, they will do it decisively.