I noted the condescending comment from several talking heads last night who kept stressing that Gov. Palin’s speech was written for her. (Link.) These dumpers presume to know how much input Gov. Palin had in the crafting of the speech. They presume she sat in another room while the men did all the work for her. But no Beltway speechwriter came up with her pit bull/hockey mom crack — one of the funniest of the night. And no Beltway speechwriter imbued her with the poise, humor, experience, grace, and savvy that made that speech a smashing success.
And one more thing: Perhaps in deriding Palin’s speech-written speech, the dumpers should see fit to mention that at least her speechwriters didn’t plagiarize.
Commenter Socky: “The real irony is that the Obama campaign sent out a talking point to criticize the speech as being written by someone else, and his obedient sheep in the media repeated the talking point. So, they were complaining about her giving speech that was written for her by reciting a talking point that was written for them.”
Mark Levin weighs in:
I have never been a fan of speech-writers who reveal themselves. It is demeaning to the person for whom they work and, frankly, a betrayal of an unspoken code of ethics. And I don’t think it helps the speech-writer who wants to remain anonymous for others to reveal him. Speech-writing and speech-giving are a collaborative process. But the words are only part of it. Whether the speech is successful and has a broad appeal requires more than clever wording. A great speech in the hands of a poor orator is an announcement. Middling language in the hands of a greater orator can be a timeless oration. A great speech requires superior communication skills, including emoting and pacing and connecting. These are things that speech-writers cannot accomplish. And the speaker has to mean the words and defend them and stand by them. It is odd and disquieting that more and more speech-writers, on their own or others on their behalf, seem to claim ownership of their boss’s message. There’s just something unseemly about it to me — credit taken for the Challenger speech, “the axis of evil,” etc., etc. When the words come out of the speaker’s mouth, they belong to the speaker. I notice speech-writers don’t take credit for bad speeches.