I have liken Palin to a “White Queen” as in the chess piece of the side that moves first.
“First” because the GOP cannot afford to be reactionary and first because though cautious, the GOP must be seen to be offensive rather than defensive.
I was on my way to work when the announcement was made. I told myself I’d allow ten minutes, top, to hear the beginning of her acceptance speech after McCain’s fine intro. I ended up spending an additional ten…and the rest of the day catching bits and pieces.
Now, I have spent most of my life, first on a personal level and then professionally, learning to decipher people’s moods and interests. A side effect of all this is a habit–frustrating and annoying–to critique other people’s “moves” on the chess board of life and work.
I’m not quite sure who handles Palin. I don’t know if she’s just a natural. But this much I am certain…we are watching a MASTER player, a Tiger Wood of politics; someone that reminds the rest of us that there are exceptionals out there: jaw dropping, head shaking, creatures that are truly the best.
In the next few days, you will hear all about Palin…about her accomplishments and her beliefs…but know this, for MOST John and Jane Q Public, NONE of that will matter as much as what their perception of her will be.
The following is a list of “moves” that will probably not be mentioned for the elite media (both sides) has failed to understand the ordinary people and the difference between the ideal and the practical that truly dictates the reaction of the public
1- Palin’s “common” pedigree: teachers and union workers are supposed to be the “pawns” of the Left. Palin’s PROUD mention of her parents and her husband and their contribution to our nation made Michelle Obama’s pity party for the “poor” educators and workers look petty and ungrateful. For the majority of Americans who don’t get several vacations a year and $45 an hour, this was a breath of fresh air. For those who HAVE braved unruly kids and built this nation, it was a reminder that they HAVE made a difference.
And pride always feels better than bitter pity.
2- Palin’s love and pride in her eldest son’s military service made every military family and friend sit up straight. It doesn’t matter if you hate the war and hate GW Bush; the fact is the service man or woman is SOMEBODY’S kid, loved one, friend and every time some politician wants to pull a Vietnam shame on them, they offend everyone connected to that military person.
More–there is a certain amount of guilt that most Americans carry. About Vietnam and the way we treated the returning troops, yes, but also because John and Jane Q Public KNOW deep down that these are the guys that keep THEIR world safe.
Palin told the American public that it was ok. That she and McCain was PROUD that their sons were that special breed of Americans that willingly put it all on the line for those that choose to take the civilian path.
When she reminded the public that McCain understood first hand what war and terror was…and then paused to tell the crowd that as a mother of one of the troops sent to fight that threat to our American way of life, she wanted one man–McCain to be Commander in Chief, I had to sit down and give her another 5 minutes that would make me late for work.
This was so smooth…such beautiful timing…wow.
3- She went on to talk about McCain and how much he has had to endure from all sides in his bid for the presidency. But instead of appealing for fairness and equal fawning from an obviously Obama biased media, she looked the camera straight in the eye and warned that McCain now has a partner and that the two of them had a reputation for taking on the establishment.
And every Conservative saw a king and a queen piece ready to bring this nation back to THEIR kind of America. And every Moderate and Independent heard someone who was willing to take on their own party to take care of their interests and concerns.
I wrote earlier that I had originally pushed for glamourous Palin because of her appeal to the American Idol watching public and how she had floored me with her new mature “kick butt” mom look.
Her entire appeal was one of a working mom and wife juggling between job and family–and she connected with almost everyone, including the husbands, who like Todd has had to move into the supportive role. The excitement she created was incredible…from pro-lifers to second ammendment advocates to sports fans. She had done the political impossibility…be all things to almost all people.
But the White Queen was not finished. Well to be honest, I had to leave and didn’t catch this until the middle of the work day.
4- Just when I thought she couldn’t make any more “moves”, she said:
I think as well today of two other women who came before me in national elections. I can’t begin this great effort without honoring the achievements of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, and, of course, Sen. Hillary Clinton, who showed such determination and grace in her presidential campaign.
It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.
I bowed my head and smiled. “CHECK”