I love blogging: Obama's an empty suit! Palin's a brainiac! Both are true! Take it from Pres. Sarkozy, and Elaine Lafferty:
As Fred Barnes—God help me, I'm agreeing with Fred Barnes—suggests in the Weekly Standard, these high toned and authoritative dismissals [of Palin's intelligence] come from people who have never met or spoken with Sarah Palin. Those who know her, love her or hate her, offer no such criticism. They know what I know, and I learned it from spending just a little time traveling on the cramped campaign plane this week: Sarah Palin is very smart.
[Palin's is] a mind that is thoughtful, curious, with a discernible pattern of associative thinking and insight. Palin asks questions, and probes linkages and logic that bring to mind a quirky law professor I once had. Palin is more than a “quick study”; I'd heard rumors around the campaign of her photographic memory and, frankly, I watched it in action. She sees. She processes. She questions, and only then, she acts. What is often called her “confidence” is actually a rarity in national politics: I saw a woman who knows exactly who she is.
For all those old enough to remember Senator Sam Ervin, the brilliant strict constitutional constructionist and chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee whose patois included “I'm just a country lawyer”… Yup, Palin is that smart.
Remember, in 1988, how Gov. Dukakis looked out of place in the tank and helmet? Does Gov. Palin look similarly out of place in helmet and fatigue pants? Hardly. Put her on the gun. Drive towards CBS and MSNBC reporters. See what happens.
"I saw a woman who knows exactly who she is."
My point exactly! This is Sarah Palin's strength. She knows what her talents are, and that she has nothing to hide. She understands conservative thinking. She has faith in God. The chick is strong. She's a contendah.
The blue jeans clad Governor dances and sways to Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman". Notice, when it comes time for the crowd to sing(2:00 mark), the younger Moms behind her know the words, and Sarah knows the song also. This song must be striking a chord. Gretchen Wilson did make it into an irresistible video. lyrics
The Governor decides, just barely, yelling "Hell Yeah!" would be indecorous. Get half a beer down her and she would punt decorum. Get two beers down her and she would gleefully kick K. Couric's and C. Matthews' tushes.