Friday, October 24, 2008

Palin better than she was even a week ago; remains crazy good in front of cameras

Her colloquial grammar drives the intelligentsia crazy. Such is always a good thing.

Palin gets better every single day. You could blog about her every day, and you would be blogging about a different politician. Remember the slash and burn Couric interview? Remember Repub intelligentsia calling for McCain to replace her before the debate? Three weeks ago was a lifetime ago. Now Palin is going to the back of her campaign plane and taking media questions. She is marching up to media on tarmacs and outside of ice cream shops. Over the last 8 days she was the only candidate to take questions from media gaggles. Obama, McCain, and Biden were hiding from gaggles and limiting their exposure to questioning. Palin's campaign manager was having to pull her away from gaggles after a dozen or so questions. Gov. Palin also sat for interviews with CNN (Drew Griffin) and NBC (Brian Williams).

In the CNN video which follows: notice how Palin is alone in the ring, without protection, and seemingly relishes it. She is punching her way through - becoming more effective with every interview - and almost with every question. She knows who she is, what her talents are, and that she has nothing to hide. This gives her strength. Barack and Biden look wimpy in comparison. McCain looks aged and famfloozled. Palin is now so accessible that I expect a preplanned gotcha will soon enough lead to a gaffe - and it won't matter. Nothing damages Caribou Barbie. She is now like an improving rookie who is suddenly more effective than the veteran player. She is David Price to McCain's Dan Wheeler, and she is throwing 97 MPH heat.

At this point, Palin understands both conservative doctrine and Barack's vulnerabilities better than McCain does. McCain isn't fully conversant with Barack's past, and with why that past reveals extremism. Palin is conversant. She's a quick study, and she's studying every day.

In the video, watch how easily Gov. Palin swats away the gathering media meme that she scorned big city America. She was exposed there, yet she handles the problem easily. She gives a "non-apology apology" so well that - given that I am already smitten with her - I give her a pass on an apology I would normally dismiss.

Here's a little bitty teeny tiny item, yet, throw it in to be considered with the pile of everything else: Palin makes memorable impression on SNL's Lorne Michaels
What do you think Palin gained from her appearance?
Michaels: I think Palin will continue to be underestimated for a while. I watched the way she connected with people, and she's powerful. Her politics aren't my politics. But you can see that she's a very powerful, very disciplined, incredibly gracious woman. This was her first time out and she's had a huge impact. People connect to her.

She's a ratings magnet, too — do you think she can land a development deal if this VP thing doesn't work out?
Michaels: She could pretty much do better than development. I think she could have her own show, yeah.
Gov. Palin's appearance drew the highest SNL ratings in 14 years.

Sarah Palin is Political Elvis.


Irresistible, partly because the inane “rhetorical flourish” spin richly deserves to be mocked but partly too because of how she pauses and savors those laugh lines. There’s no other politician in America I can think of, McCain included, who’s not only willing to hit The One but to savor it.

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