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Barracuda bites back

There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that Sarah Palin would hit a home-run with her speech at the RNC last night… the only question was how far. This was an upper deck shot, folks. With some finger wagging at the opposing team as she rounded the bases.

Great debut — I was very impressed and I must confess I sometimes found myself wishing the ticket were reversed as I watched her speak. She has a lot of charisma — as much as Obama in my opinion — and her record shows that she backs up her talk with action.

My favorite quote:

I love those hockey moms — you know they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.

Oh HELL yes! You won’t find that one in the official text of the speech, by the way. That’s pure, unscripted Sarah Palin. We got many such glimpses of the real woman last night as she connected with the crowd on the funny, down-to-earth level of a friend you might bump into at the grocery store. Try that Hillary.

Other notable excerpts:

In response to scrutiny of her family:

And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.

That’s how it is with us.

Our family has the same ups and downs as any other … the same challenges and the same joys.

Addressing Obama’s criticism of her “inexperience”:

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.

And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.

[big applause and laughter]

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities.

Ooooooooooh, that’ll leave a mark. Chuck Norris ain’t got squat on this babe. A well placed, well deserved roundhouse kick to the groin. WHAP!!

Next she takes a shot at the MSM:

I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment.

And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.

But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

And make no mistake, Sarah’s outsider status does indeed give fits to the elitists in the press. They’re not sure what to make of her and most of what they have assumed so far has been dead wrong. But any myths that lingered about Sarah Palin’s inadequacy were dissolved last night. The Barracuda showed herself as a force to be reckoned with and her opponents know it.

Mind you, that didn’t stop the spin. While the TV talking heads were forced to acknowledge afterward that Palin did a great job, a common theme soon began to surface as pundit after pundit began commenting on how the speech was “well written” — the implication being that Sarah’s only talent is in delivering the words of others. Funny how they fail to mention the fact that the Boy Wonder himself uses a speech writer… and in fact stammers awkwardly whenever he’s not in front of a teleprompter. Biden and McCain also rely on speechwriters.

But the media knows Palin made a huge impression last night and this is literally all they have left. Until she soundly trounces Biden in the debates, the MSM and the Obama camp will try to portray her as an empty suit (hmmmm…. now where have we heard that before?).

But what really kills me is how Palin’s opponents and lib pundits act so taken aback that the hockey mom actually came out swinging last night. What did they expect after all the abuse these bottom feeders have subjected her and her family to over the past several days? Payback’s a bitch ain’t it?

Full text of the speech may be found here.

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