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.