September 03, 2008
Take that, bitches
Posted by: Kevin
Tonight, I came in after a solid 36 hours of work (in the real world, where I have a job) to Mitt Romney droning through a speech that appeared to be written in 1980. Thank God this was his exit from the stage for now, hopefully for good.
Then I saw Rudy Giuliani speak, and was reminded why I fought, and marched, and campaigned, and bled for that man in 1993 and 1997 in New York's gutter politics with the kind of energy a 20-something activist has plenty of to spare.
And then the speech of the night. I spoke to my 68 year-old mother, a registered independent, who was born in New York and lives in a swing state today. She voted for Hillary in 2000, and again backed her this year. She was in love. My sister, who lives around the corner from Mom, who is Palin's age, is a soccer-hockey-baseball-wrestling mom who sleeps about 5 hours a night and drives a minivan, and was on her feet. My dad, the only registered Republican of the bunch of them, who said to my horror in 1984 that a woman could never handle being President, said he thinks the "other three should step aside and let her do it."
I say this purely as someone who did politics and campaigns for a decade, and not even a voter or a white guy or a right-handed vegetarian or a homosexual or an itinerate anti-car pedestrian: from what many very clever Democrats (and some temporarily whacked-out bloggers) have done to turn her into a monster, and what some marginally lunatic trolls on the internet have tried to do to her children, the speech given moments ago by Sarah Palin ought to send a chill down your spine tonight. She represents an America you apparently don't realize is out there, and you'd better get with the program if you don't want to blow yet another election. This is not Dan Quayle you're dealing with. That's obvious now.
And aside from everything that has been said about her record (and what yet might be said by her on the campaign trail), and this was only round one of a two-month long campaign ahead, I can tell you -- I agreed with every word, comma and period in that speech. I am really, really undecided now.
More later. I'm on fumes, and I'm going to bed. (Chris, you'll have to wait for the tome on the LCR endorsement. But I think I've hit some of the points already right here. We'll talk about the issues in a bit, but read through the blogosphere and you'll see why about a million gay Republicans feel a kinship with Sarah Palin tonight. Emotion cuts both ways, ladies.)
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