Palin's make or break speech tonight
No one better could have put Sarah Palin's speech tonight in better perspective than the late legendary movie trailer announcer Don LaFontaine. Called the "king of voiceovers" LaFontaine could set up the story line:Skip to next paragraph
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"In a rough and tumble world where the enemy is everywhere -- from CNN's Campbell Brown asking questions of a spokesman to the New York Times's Elisabeth Bumiller -- the world awaits ... and wonders...
MUSIC CHANGE to the William Tell Overture...
"It's the outrageous, feel-good movie of the year: "Sarah Goes to Washington."
OK. Real world: Taking on the Alaskan establishment and wrestling away the top political office in the state after beating two powerhouse names was no small feat for Palin. The woman has shown she knows how to win and impresses people on both sides of the aisle for her substance.
But that hasn't stopped political insiders and pundits from observing that the rising Republican star could have used a few more years of seasoning before running for the second highest office in the land.
Early or not, she's got the spotlight now. And she's had it since last Friday. It's been five complete days since John McCain reminded the country why he's been called a renegade, a maverick, a cowboy. By selecting the-then virtually unknown Palin, he made her the main subject of the GOP convention so far -- and her speech tonight the most widely anticipated of the week.
Contrast this to five days after Barack Obama selected Joe Biden. The news of the day? Hillary Clinton's "come back to the fold" speech, Montana Governor's yee-haw fire-em-up oratory, and Mark Warner ... does anybody recall what he said?
Politico asks this morning, "Can the GOP stop talking about Palin?" It's not just the GOP, it's everywhere.