September 3rd, 2008
11:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Palin's no pushover

ST. PAUL (CNN) – Democrats who thought Sarah Palin would be an easy, soft target are in for a surprise: this is not a woman to be trifled with. Her opponents may have thought she’d be a deer in the headlights, like Dan Quayle. They were wrong.

(McCain’s appearance at the end of her speech wasn’t quite as surprising – that kind of pre-speech convention appearance has become almost expected.)

Here’s what Republicans got out of the evening:

1: They proved that Palin’s no pushover. They clearly established that.

2: They established a tough, even bullying tone to this night of the convention which bordered on the ugly, mocking their opponents.

3: Speakers gave strong testimony to McCain’s character.

Here’s what they didn’t accomplish: An answer to what they will do to solve this country’s economic problems. Without that, they’re not going to get anywhere.

And now it rests with McCain.

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Karen

    Who expected Palin to be a pushover? If you saw her speak when nominated, and if you've read anything about her at all, there's no reason to expect she'd be weak or scared or wimpy at all. In fact, all indications are that she's tough and will go after anybody that disagrees with her or gets in her way ... and that's exactly how she came across.

    September 3, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  2. jill

    Ok what in the world were CNN watching, this was a horrible negitve speech..She did not unit America, It was a speech to their base only, there is no way it will win over any democrats or independents...I cant wait until she gets what's is coming to her...She wants a fight...Lets give to to her...Then she will run back to her little town

    September 3, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. Daryl in Seattle

    If Palin's so tough, how come she won't face the media. I'll bet the next time we actually hear her speak again is at the VP debate. Can you say P-U-P-P-E-T ???

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. No Hillary = No Obama

    This is all you can say? Just give the woman her due – she nailed it – she shamed Obama and told it like it is. She has guts – reminds me of Hillary – smart, articulate, doesn't pull any punches – if only she was less Anita Bryant and more Hillary Clinton. She needs Hillary's hair stylist and more of her politics. In any event – we saw history being made tonight and have John McCan to thank for it. John McCan allowed someone other than himself to advance the cause – Obama didn't – and he will not get my vote.

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  5. Greg FL.

    I disagree. Insulting your opponent is easy and takes no real thought. It also doesn't make you tough. Let's see her sit through some real tough interviews. Lets see what she really knows about the world and the lower 48. People who attack like that are just using it to hide their own shortcomings.

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. Honest Abe

    Palin is just what I thought! EMPTY-HEADED! What'd you expect from a B.A. in Communications from Idaho

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  7. mn

    she was as nasty as she could be!

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  8. James in Ohio

    Even though I don't agree with all of her politics, the power of her speech was undeniable. She was on fire tonight, and that fire will greatly appeal to the blue collar rural voters who have never 100% warmed to Obama.

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  9. diana

    what kind of values does the palin family have? i can understand supporting your daughter through a bad decision. but to promote, laud, and condone her actions is ridiculous. why put levi so much in the spotlight, they are not married, they are both dependent children, and neither has a job or means to support a child. what message are you sending to the american teenagers? i doubt if mccain knew of this pregnancy in advance. shame on you palin why isnt levi charged with statutory rape.

    all palin could discuss in detail was john mccains qualities. what about her own. she spent two minutes on that. good thing she had a speech writer. she recited word for word.

    i think she is the plastic doll she seems to be. she better pray if john mccain wins nothing happens to him. she will get the marilyn monroe treatment. gone in 30 mins.

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. Tam Tam

    Mean. Meaner. Meanest. Republican Mantras: How will you help with gas prices? Attack Obama. How will you help with insurance? Attack Obama? How will you help bring good jobs back to the US? Attack Obama and Michelle. How will you lower the deficit? Attack Obama. More of the same. Obama/Biden 08/12

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  11. Independent

    A very very negative speech, attacking Obama not on policies but personally. I have no problems with attacks on policy. But a personal attack on the person who protected your daughter's privacy this week is NOT impressive.

    The Republican ticket: (i) A presidential candidate who is to the right of Bush on foreign policy. (ii) A vice-presidential candidate who is to the right of Bush on domestic policy. Not looking very attractive at the moment.

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Jane with a brain

    "NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN" like Rudi Guiliani. America gave up on you and your 237 primary votes. Bye Bye old man.

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  13. Hillary Supporter

    Well, Palin the gloves are off now and no one cares that you are a woman. Lets see if you can finish.

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  14. joy

    ALOT OF TALKING WITHOUT SAYING MUCH, THE EXCITMENT COMES FROM A PARTY THAT WAS RAPIDLY CRASHING AND NEEDED A TOKEN WOMAN TO ENERGIZE THEIR PARTY. WHY IS IT THE ONLY BLACK PEOPLE AT THE CONVENTION ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE A JOB TO DO. WHERE IS THE DIVERSITY. THE REPUBLICAN CANNOT GET ANGRY WHEN BARACK STRIKES BACK
    SHE BITE FIRST

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. Amy-Texas

    Thank-GOD for Sarah Palin. This speech tonight proved how tough a VP she will be and how ready she is to lead. You liberals are so scared it's killing me with all your negative posts. I can't wait to celebrate Nov. 5th with a McCain/Palin VICTORY!!!

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  16. mia

    All she did and them was bash and cut down. They talked no issues. It was only ugly and slander. These people should be ashamed of themselves. Sarah go back to Alaska. McCain you need to go retire NOW!! this was a sad sad joke.

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  17. Fort Collins,Colorado

    The speakers gave strong testimony to McCain's character?
    Would not believe these speakers on what flavor of ice cream is good!! What a bunch of vile people! Lies, lies,lies. I pray every night these people do not win the White House!! Does anyone remember that cheerleaders mom who got obsessed with her daughters achievements? That's who Palin reminds me of.......

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  18. annie - former democrat

    PALIN POWER – McCAIN – PALIN '08

    Poor campbell brown she is stuttering and stammering more than her idol!

    Best speech I have ever heard – makes obama look like the juvenile he acts like!

    Sorry cnn your boy/toy just doesn't measure up to what real Americans want!!

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  19. obama and biden are my men

    I AGREE WITH YOU.REPUBLICANS DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE ECONOMY.WHAT I CARE ABOUT IS MY DAILY BASIS LIFE TO PAY MY BILLS AND BE ABLE TO MAKE IT.I AM NOT THINKING ABOUT TERRORIST ATTACK LIKE REPUBLICANS WANT TO SCARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.I AM SMARTER THAN THAT AND I HOPE YOU WILL BE TOO.LOVE YOU OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  20. AmyO

    Is all the media too scared to say anything bad about her because the Republicans said the media has a liberal bias??? HER SPEECH WAS TERRIBLE! All she did was insult everyone that isn't a republican, make stupid jokes and say absolutely nothing that shows she is ready to be VICE PRESIDENT of the United States. GIVE ME A BREAK. Let's be honest here people, not just try and pander to the Republicans!!

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  21. Jon, Charlotte NC

    why is the mainstream media gushing over her speech?

    it sounded very amateur... she sounded more like she was running for Student Body President than vice president

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  22. That's Reality

    "Here’s what they didn’t accomplish: An answer to what they will do to solve this country’s economic problems. Without that, they’re not going to get anywhere." HEY SCHNEIDER, WHERE WERE YOU? READ THE TRANSCRIP; PALIN CLEARLY ADDRESSED THAT, AND THEY HAVE A GREAT PLAN.

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. steve

    palin no pushover? of course she's a pushover, she can't manage her own family much less a city of a few people

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  24. You're kidding

    Kind of ....nails across the blackboard effect.
    When are we going to hear how the GOP is going to change everything for the better? Where are their answers to the countries problems?

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  25. Marie-Lynn

    The speech was from the bottom republicains base. So really who cares.later something else will come out and not too funny for the gop.

    September 3, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
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