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Sarah Palin: How do you like me now?

By Jimmy Orr / September 4, 2008

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If there's one song the McCain campaign is singing this morning - probably very loudly - it's Toby Keith's "How do you like me now?"

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Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin might be humming it too after a speech that's being called electrifying, amazing, even "Reaganesque."

The consensus among pundits was that the speech was well delivered and that she gave a confident, forceful performance -- no wonder her nickname is "Sarah Barracuda."

Smooth sailing ahead?

And it should, barring any other unvetted controversies, put the focus back on the soon-to-be Republican nominee John McCain.

Yesterday, it seemed the only ones not doubting the pick were McCain and campaign managers Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt.

In fact, two high profile Republican strategists - thinking they were off-mic - lambasted the Palin pick.

On-mic or off-mic, no one was questioning the pick immediately after the speech.

Palin vs Obama

Comparing her qualifications versus Barack Obama's? Palin mockingly compared them.

"I was mayor of my hometown," Palin said. "And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.

"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities," she said to an erupting crowd.

Newsflash

Her message to the media? Get over it.

"I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone," she said setting up a wallop.

"But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country."

The fourth estate

How'd the media react?

CBS's Bob Schieffer said, "I think she passed the first test. The people in this hall absolutely loved this speech. ... Now we'll see how it plays with the rest of the country."

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