I watched Palin’s speech last night. She’s a great public speaker that really seemed to get the crowd excited, energized and frankly, unified. But then again, she made it clear that being a great speaker doesn’t make one a great leader, so I guess her skills as an orator do not count. She also made it clear that her executive experience as a mayor and governor, trump Obama’s senate experience. Hey wait a second, isn’t John McCain merely a senator as well? I’m confused? Can a senator be the president or not? Maybe this should be the Palin / McCain ticket?
Last night there were a lot of chuckles and zingers against Obama’s background as a community organizer. Guiliani was so enamored by his own comedic genius, I thought for sure before he left the stage he was going to remind the crowd to, “Tip your waitress and try the veal – I’m here all week!” His knee slapping led up to Palin’s most famous quote of the night, “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
I’m sure that being a mayor is different from community organizing, but the irony is that most community organizers get involved to fill in the gap created when government doesn’t do it’s job. I wonder how the folks in New Orleans feel about the community organizers that have been helping them for the past three years versus their government that literally left them out to dry. Or what about all of those community organizers helping veterans of our military that come home to inadequate mental health services with nothing more than a pat on the back from the government that sent them into harms way in the first place? And lets not forget those organizers working with our youth regarding contraception and HIV (as an adjunct to their government sponsored, abstinence only education) or those assisting young, unmarried, teenage mothers. You know the ones that due to poverty or skin color aren’t as celebrated as other teens that get pregnant too soon.
The blog, Los Angelista, reminds us that Martin Luther King was a community organizer as were those that worked tirelessly to give women the right to vote.
She gave a great speech. Having a background in communications, I’m always a sucker for an excellent orator. She went for Obama’s jugular which shows her tenacity. She told us a lot of stuff that we already know about John McCain and a little bit more about herself (whom we just met). She mentioned the names of some foreign countries to give her some international cred (Although Fox News did mention that her living so close to Russia gave her a ton of foreign policy experience – huh?). I can’t wait for the debates. I can’t wait to see if McCain can keep the crescendo going or if it’ll hit a wall the second he opens his mouth. Hopefully he’ll have some good opening acts tonight.
And I can’t wait to see what all of those community organizers out there have to say about last night’s commentary. For the party that’s all about less government and people helping themselves, call me crazy, but ripping on the folks that are actually out there doing it seems like a bad idea.