Quick hits on the Palin speech

This was the first time I heard Sarah Palin speak.  A few quick thoughts: She sounded completely unconvincing on energy policy — those were the moments when it seemed like she was clinging to the Teleprompter for dear life; The attacks on Obama were effectively delivered — her matter-of-fact tone means she underplays the lines, ...

By , a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast.

This was the first time I heard Sarah Palin speak.  A few quick thoughts: She sounded completely unconvincing on energy policy -- those were the moments when it seemed like she was clinging to the Teleprompter for dear life; The attacks on Obama were effectively delivered -- her matter-of-fact tone means she underplays the lines, which actually gives them a bigger punch.  I suspect she'll do well in that role because it will be easy for the GOP to cry foul if/when they counterattack; Forget red state/blue state cleavages; the cultural divide in this election is urban/rural.  There was very little about Palin's speech to like if you lived in a large metropolis, but plenty for rural citizens to appreciate.   The thing I will remember about this speech was not the speech itself, but watching the Palin and McCain clans play "pass the baby!" with five-month-old Trig Palin.  As a parent, my first reaction upon seeing him there was, "why isn't this child sleeping in a crib somewhere?"  First rule of baby-parenting:  never f$%# with the sleep schedule.  Also, support his neck, for Pete's sake! Piper Palin, on the other hand, was pretty adorable.  Very little of substance was said.  This continues a theme from the DNC.  Comment away!

This was the first time I heard Sarah Palin speak.  A few quick thoughts:

  1. She sounded completely unconvincing on energy policy — those were the moments when it seemed like she was clinging to the Teleprompter for dear life;
  2. The attacks on Obama were effectively delivered — her matter-of-fact tone means she underplays the lines, which actually gives them a bigger punch.  I suspect she’ll do well in that role because it will be easy for the GOP to cry foul if/when they counterattack;
  3. Forget red state/blue state cleavages; the cultural divide in this election is urban/rural.  There was very little about Palin’s speech to like if you lived in a large metropolis, but plenty for rural citizens to appreciate.  
  4. The thing I will remember about this speech was not the speech itself, but watching the Palin and McCain clans play “pass the baby!” with five-month-old Trig Palin.  As a parent, my first reaction upon seeing him there was, “why isn’t this child sleeping in a crib somewhere?”  First rule of baby-parenting:  never f$%# with the sleep schedule.  Also, support his neck, for Pete’s sake!
  5. Piper Palin, on the other hand, was pretty adorable. 
  6. Very little of substance was said.  This continues a theme from the DNC. 

Comment away!

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast. Twitter: @dandrezner

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