Scroll for updates…10:24pm Eastern Rudy is having fun…he’s got more energy tonight than he did during his entire presidential run…excoriates sexism against Palin: “How dare they do that?” 10:29pm Eastern. Here’s Sarah Palin. HUGE applause. HUGE…10:43pm Eastern…Code Pinko nut escorted off the floor…Palin shifts into high gear on domestic policy: ethics reform, fiscal discipline, energy, and the environment…Mocks the styrofoam Greek columns…har…double-har: She ridicules the Obama bogus presidential seal…Simply masterful…
Photoshop: Bored Melo
Anticipation builds. Gov. Sarah Palin will speak at approximately 10:30pm Eastern.
If there were ever a time to say “You go, girl!” — well, this is it.
Represent and keep it real.
If you can’t get to a TV, Hot Air has the streaming video embed of the convention.
And talk here amongst yourselves.
Let me say of myself and almost everyone I know in the press, all the chattering classes and political strategists and inside dopesters of the Amtrak Acela Line: We live in a bubble and have around us bubble people. We are Bubbleheads. We know this and try to compensate for it by taking road trips through the continent — we’re on one now, in Minneapolis — where we talk to normal people. But we soon forget the pithy, knowing thing the garage mechanic said in the diner, and anyway we weren’t there long enough in the continent to KNOW, to absorb. We view through a prism of hyper-sophistication, and judge by the rules of Chevy Chase and Greenwich, of Cleveland Park and McLean, of Bronxville and Manhattan.
And again we know this, we know this is our limit, our lack.
All I’ll say is this: “We” are not all like that.
Update: Pre-release excerpts. Zing!
Contrasting her resume with that of the Democratic presidential nominee, she says: “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
Obama worked as a community organizer in Chicago in the 1980s before attending Harvard Law School. Palin was a two-term mayor of the town of Wasilla, Alaska, a small town of about 5,000 people.
She also contrasts Republican presidential candidate John McCain with Obama.
“In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change,” she says.
…”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,” she says.
“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.”
10:07pm Eastern. Rudy’s on stage…can’t stop giggling about Obama’s experience as a “community organizer” and inability to vote “yes” or “no.” More: “I didn’t know about this vote ‘present’ when I was mayor in NYC…This is no time for on-the-job training.”
Love the “Zero” hand sign salutes. Har.
10:24pm Eastern. Rudy is having too much fun. Mocks Obama: “Sarah Palin was a mayor…I’m sorry Barack Obama thinks her town wasn’t cosmopolitan enough…wasn’t flashy enough…” Rudy lambastes sexism against Palin: “How dare they do that!”
10:29pm Eastern. Sarah’s on stage. Massive applause. The cable stations keep zooming in on Bristol Palin’s boyfriend. Crummy.
Tons of “Palin Power” signs. Applause continues.
This is history. I don’t know about you, but I am very moved.
She accepts the nomination. More huge applause.
Palin talks about son Track headed to serve in Iraq and another family member enlisted. She introduces her daughters and baby son to the crowd. Addresses families of special needs children. “I have a message for you: I pledge to you that if we’re elected, you’ll have a friend and advocate in the White House.” Introduces Todd Palin. “Two decades and five children later, he’s still my guy.”
Introduces parents. They taught me that “This is America. Every woman can walk through every door.” Honesty, sincerity, dignity. Hard-working Americans: “They love their country in good times and bad and they are always proud of America.” Jibes the Scranton poseurs vs. the San Francisco back-biting.
Take that, Snobama.
Delivers her pit bull/hockey mom joke. The difference? Lipstick.
Palin is letting it rip. For those who don’t know what the job entails, let me explain what small-town mayor entails. “I guess it’s like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.”
Shreds Obama’s bitter/clingy remarks.
Palin dives into substantive policy issues: ethics reform, fiscal discipline, energy policy, chief executive policy. Takes on the anti-drilling crowd. “Starting in Jan., we’re going to lay more pipelines, build nuclear plants, move forward on alternative sources. We need American sources brought to you by American ingenuity and produced by American workers.”
10:55pm Eastern. “This is a man who has authored two memoirs, but not a single legislative reform.” This is a man who never uses the word victory, except when he’s talking about his own campaign. When the cloud of rhetoric has passed…when those styrofoam Greek columns go back to some studio lot…what exactly is our opponent’s plan?”
More good lines: Terrorists want to kill us. Obama wants to read them their rights.
10:59pm Eastern. Palin impales Obama on his bogus presidential seal. The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery. Obama and Biden go on about fighting, but let’s face it: There’s only one man in this race who has ever really fought for you….where winning means survival and losing means death. Introduces a veteran. Climactic ending. McCain and Palin family join her on stage.
That was so very, very satisfying, wasn’t it?
This evening Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee, will address the 2008 Republican National Convention. Excerpts from the governor’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below.
On her experience as a public servant:
“I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better. When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too. 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. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
On why she is going to Washington, D.C.:
“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.”
On energy policies that the McCain-Palin administration will implement:
“Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems – as if we all didn’t know that already. But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines…build more nuclear plants…create jobs with clean coal…and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.”
On John McCain:
“Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”