When our jaws weren't dropping from the incredibly funny and sarcastic barbs Sarah Palin hurled at the opposition tonight, we were cheering, laughing, and we even shed a tear or two. She may not be experienced enough to walk into the Presidency on day one, but neither is Obama. The big difference is that Governor Palin isn't seeking the Presidency. And Palin is clearly a fast learner. Those styrofoam columns being returned to the prop department – no comedian could have delivered that line better.
Too bad they didn't load Obama on the truck and leave the prop.
The other morning on MSNBC (yes, I force myself just for things like this) the other plagiarist on TV these days, Mike Barnicle, asked Joe Lieberman the following stunningly stupid question:
"Who would you rather have telling Putin to knock it off, Biden or Palin?"
Lieberman responded the way most of us do when blindsided by something so idiotic that it didn't deserve an answer, but you're obligated to give a response. He gave a sort of general answer turning it back to McCain and how tough he is, but given a second to consider Barnicle's vacuous inquiry, I would have said that Vice Presidents don't tell other countries' leaders to knock it off, and I'd have invited Barnicle to provide an actual example of a Vice President having done that.
But as I said, that was yesterday. If Barnicle asked me that question right now, I'd laugh in his face and ask him if he saw the woman I just saw? Because I'd sure as heck rather have her challenging any foreign leader than either Biden or Obama, even if they were speaking in unison.
It was the speech of her life – there may not be another more important than this one even if she were to run for President, and as with her acceptance speech (was that only last week?) her poise was nothing short of astounding and her delivery nearly flawless.
It may seems strange at first, but it reminded me of what I've heard about Jackie Robinson, how he had to be not just a good ball player, he had to present a perfect image and conduct himself not just like the other white players, but as representative of higher ideals.
Jackie Robinson, of course, did it, and Sarah Palin passed her first test as magnificently as anyone could.