Sarah Palin Hits It Out of the Park!

Below is the video of Sarah Palin giving her speech last night, in case you missed it. It was heartfelt at times and tough as nails at others. Watching it, you feel like you’re getting to know her. I thought it was really great, and she’s going to make a great VP. Though, as far as I know, no one swooned or fainted during it. (Then again, they haven’t been doing that during Obama’s speeches lately–has he dialed back the charm or have the ladies with low blood pressure learned to sit down when he speaks?)

The transcript is here and the audio download is available if you want to listen on your mp3 player.

Sarah has been getting slammed by the left since she was announced as the VP pick. Last night she hit back. She didn’t earn the name “Sarah Baracuda” for nothing! Here’s the beginning of her answer to the Obama supporters:

We’ve all heard [Obama’s] dramatic speeches before devoted followers.

And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform – not even in the state senate. [Ouch!]

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign. [Double-Ouch!] But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot – what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger … take more of your money … give you more orders from Washington … and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy … our opponent is against producing it.

Victory in Iraq is finally in sight … he wants to forfeit. [ellipsis in the original]

And:

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.

Here’s another good quote:

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.

That’s what I’ve been saying! Just because producing our own oil and gas won’t completely solve the problem doesn’t mean it isn’t an important part of the solution!

She finished by speaking about Senator McCain:

It’s a long way from the fear and pain and squalor of a six-by-four cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office.

But if Senator McCain is elected president, that is the journey he will have made.

It’s the journey of an upright and honorable man – the kind of fellow whose name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this country, only he was among those who came home.

To the most powerful office on earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless … the wisdom that comes even to the captives, by the grace of God … the special confidence of those who have seen evil, and seen how evil is overcome. A fellow prisoner of war, a man named Tom Moe of Lancaster, Ohio, recalls looking through a pin-hole in his cell door as Lieutenant Commander John McCain was led down the hallway, by the guards, day after day.

As the story is told, “When McCain shuffled back from torturous interrogations, he would turn toward Moe’s door and flash a grin and thumbs up” – as if to say, “We’re going to pull through this.” My fellow Americans, that is the kind of man America needs to see us through these next four years.

For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words.

For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.

If character is the measure in this election … and hope the theme … and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause. Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next president of the United States.

There are many other great parts, so watch, listen to, or at least read the whole thing.

She followed Rudy Giuliani’s speech, which was also very good. Here are links the the video, audio download, and text.

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