How many times last night could political pundits credit Sarah Palin’s speech to “good speechwriters” and miss the fact that she knocked it out of the park?
Reality is that every political speech you’ve probably heard in your lifetime has been written by a speechwriter. It would take a long stroll through the history books before you could find a national political speech actually written and delivered by that politician. Lincoln’s handwritten speech at Gettysburg may have been one of the last.
Credit should be given to speechwriters who consolidate the ideas and thoughts of those delivering the speech into a clear and concise message. That style of writing is an art and talent that very few people actually do well.
But no matter how well a speech is written, it takes a gifted person who believes what he or she is actually saying to deliver like Palin did in her first time at bat on the national stage.
Here’s one prime example from her speech…
We’ve all heard his 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.
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.
Evidently Obama’s speechwriters are scripting his ideas and thoughts into the concise message that he believes and wants to deliver.
The headline from today’s National Journal at convention-goers’ hotels states it best: “Sarah Baracuda Takes a Bite.” That she did, and it left the Obama campaign at a loss for words. Here’s the response released by Obama spokeman Bill Burton immediately following the speech…
The speech that Governor Palin gave was well delivered, but it was written by George Bush’s speechwriter and sounds exactly like the same divisive, partisan attacks we’ve heard from George Bush for the last eight years. If Governor Palin and John McCain want to define ‘change’ as voting with George Bush 90% of the time, that’s their choice, but we don’t think the American people are ready to take a 10% chance on change.
Upon reading this on the air, Brit Hume on Fox News said, “Perhaps they’ll have a less predictable response once they’ve had a little more time to think about it.”
They don’t need more time. More time will only show that conservatives have been energized across America by Sarah Palin and that we no longer have to simply listen to but offer real hope and change that we can believe in.