Sarah Palin

More Cold Water On Palin
September 04, 2008

I think Jim Fallows makes the crucial point: [B]oth Reagan in 1964 and Obama in 2004 were effective because, apart from their personal skills, they added something to their party's constituency that had not been there before. Reagan began recruiting the "Reagan Democrats," starting with white Southerners. Obama tried to recruit people tired of divisive partisanship. Sarah Palin, at least tonight, did not seem interested in bringing anyone new into the fold. A speech that was great in the convention hall. We'll see how it affects the electoral lineup.

Did Independents Hate Palin's Speech?
September 04, 2008

We won't know until the polls start trickling out—and maybe not even then—but check out the Detroit Free Press' focus group of voters who watched Sarah Palin's speech last night. Republicans swooned, Democrats grudgingly applauded, but independents and older voters all thought the speech was a dud. They still wanted to know why Palin was even on the ticket, and her sarcastic attacks on Obama, while good for press coverage, didn't reassure anyone. (Though some of the older voters seemed to verge on sexism at times—dismissing her as "snide," a "high-school cheerleader," etc.) --Bradford Plumer

Why Sarah Palin's Speech Will Not Win Over All Evangelicals
September 04, 2008

Alan Wolfe is a TNR contributing editor and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. I teach at a Catholic university. I study and write about evangelical Protestants. I have no religious convictions of my own. This bothers people who insist that if you are not yourself religious you cannot possibly "get" religion. I leave it to others to decide whether my lack of faith helps or hinders my capacity to understand the subject. But I do know one thing.

2002: A Political Odyssey
September 04, 2008

2002 is the year that Sarah Palin tried to make the leap from mayor of Wasilla to higher office, running for lieutenant governor of Alaska and earning consideration for Frank Murkowski's Senate seat when he resigned to become governor. It's also the year that Palin's husband quit his seven-year registration in the secessionist Alaska Independence Party and re-registered as an "undeclared" voter. It's also the year that Palin, who was baptised as a Pentecostal in her teens, stopped attending her Pentecostal church in Wasilla and switched to an independent evangelical church.  I don't know what

Can Mccain Separate Himself From Bush?
September 04, 2008

While Republicans may have consolidated their base and staunched the bleeding over Sarah Palin's pick, their most important task still remains: John McCain needs to go into a room of ten thousand screaming Republicans and distance himself from George W. Bush.   The Obama campaign has honed its line of attack against John McCain--he has voted with George Bush 90% of the time and his election would represent a third Bush term.  To its credit Team Obama repeats this like a mantra.   If this criticism sticks it will be devastating to McCain.

Cognitive Dissonance On Palin
September 04, 2008

Virtually all of the conservative commentariat, and a greater-than-would-care-to-admit-it share of the liberal commentariat think that Sarah Palin hit a home run tonight. I guess I'm just going to have to stick my neck out (along with Josh Marshall) and disagree.You can tar-and-feather me with this later if I'm wrong. I will make this disclaimer: I'm not necessarily offering a prediction about how the polls are going to move over the next several days.

Tnr On Sarah Palin's Big Speech
September 04, 2008

From the Plank: Sarah Palin's Speech Will Not Win Over All Evangelicals by Alan Wolfe Can McCain Seperate Himself From Bush? by Howard Wolfson Cognitive Dissonance on Palin by Nate Silver Disrespectful, Angry, and Effective, by Franklin Foer Why So Down on the Community?, by Sacha Zimmerman Palin Power, by Michelle Cottle Is the GOP Convention Working?, by Jonathan Chait Palin's Speech Was Fine.

How Sarah Palin Is Like Ross Perot (and William Jennings Bryan)
September 04, 2008

David Kusnet was chief speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton from 1992 through 1994. He is the author of Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America's Best Workers Are Unhappier than Ever. “This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign,” Sarah Palin said of Barack Obama in her acceptance speech Wednesday night.So here’s another word-count: Palin used the word “reform” at least seven times in her remarks.

For Mccain, Too Much Of A Good Thing?
September 04, 2008

The raves Sarah Palin is getting--from Republicans and the commentariat, at least--now present some interesting challenges for McCain. His feisty running mate will certainly be a hard act to follow, and McCain's expectations, which had previously been low, thanks to his recent speech flops, have now surely been elevated. Moreover, this is not quite a dream ticket--McCain and Palin have fairly incongruous personas. The forced "maverick" stuff aside, there's little commonality between a stiff-moving 72 year old military vet senator and a spunky 44 year old Alaskan hockey mom.

Palin Missed Her Chance
September 04, 2008

All right: Sarah Palin’s speech was well-delivered, charming, an opening-night hit. The anchors and pundits now analyzing it on CNN are falling all over themselves: “I think Republicans have to be thrilled with what happened here tonight—the most macho speech of the night was delivered by a woman,” Republican consultant Alex Castellanos marveled. But this all had been a foregone conclusion. People have questioned her experience and her background; nobody really questioned whether she could give a good speech, especially after her successful rollout address last Friday.

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