Palin wowed the RNC Wednesday, but how will she play in suburbia? (Photo credit: E.M. Pio Roda / CNN )
It is clear from tonight's national debut that Sarah Palin may connect extremely well in rural, small-town America. And no doubt, Republicans will be sending her there in key states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and the like. Her pit bull style, combined with her humor and presence along with her roots, will likely draw people to her. Lots of people there will look forward to hearing her in person.
The question for me is whether she will also appeal in suburban America. I am not at all certain that she will: her combative, anti-elitist style - along with her staunch conservatism on issues like abortion - may just leave a lot of voters cool if not cold.
The answer to that question could have a big bearing on the election. What do you think?
Agree on all points....one point that our family was disappointed with was the mocking tone about inidividuals who are community organizers. This took much lustre off the speech for us, and we hope
she will better state what she intended by this comment.
Yup! I'm sitting here hugging my Bible and my gun right now, wiping a tear away because America will survive the Liberal Congress.
Thank God for Sarah Palin!!!
The media has gone mum on a very devisive and negative day at the Republican Convention. The republicans have declared war on the media as well as the Democrats. What I have seen lately is the media is now pulling back and being less critical.
i think you are part of the liberal elite that just doesn't get it – she has so much more on the ball than anyone else in this race!! america sees it and will put her in the white house now and in 4 or 8 years as president!!! the most fun is watching the dems and media self-destruct and not being able to control themselves even as they continue to look foolish – but i am loving every minute of it !!!!!!
Are you her number one fan?
Thank God for her pro-life stance. I think we all realize that is the correct position to take – life begins at conception.
What do I think? I think you ought to find another line of work.
Do you see anyone else that can offer change? I mean change for the better? No I don't and neither does anyone else. Like she said, Obama is only interested in his career. Since when does a community organizer qualify you to run a country?
who wants the girl next door to be president
My grandmother use to tell me when an individual is afraid of themselves or the unknown. He/She will try to destroy you. And that is what this Republican Convention is all about.
We Need DEBATES DEBATES DEBATES. These debates will show America and the world Pulin's true colors. This speech was to perfect and that is not what she is. I am not attacking here motherhood just her lack of National Leadership.
YES SHE WILL BECAUSE ALL THE REPUBLICAN MOTHERS WILL LOVE HER FOR BEING ABLE TO FORCE HER DAUGHTER TO KEEP HER CHILD IN FRONT OF A BILLION PEOPLE. AND DEMOCRATS WILL LOVE HER FOR TAKING HER DAUGHTERS RIGHT TO CHOOSE BOTH HUSBAND AND CHILD IN ONE FELL SWOOP.
GO PALIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She'll do great in the suburbs..
..of Salt Lake City
She will fire up the Redneck wing of the GOP. As a former Republican I am done with this style of campaigning. I just sent the Obama Campaign a large donation because I want my Country back from this decisive mocking tone found in these speakers tonight. I gave Mr. McCain a chance to win be back after the last 8 years but what I saw tonight was worse then the Bush 43 years. Shameful.
No her speech will not appeal. This speech was sickening. What happened to the issues? No substance. What's with bashing Obama? She has no experience. And while we are on the level, why can't we discuss why rudy gilligan put his wife out and move in his mistress in? Or why mcSame left his first wife and married his botox barbie before the divorce papers were signed? They are all liars.
I think she's fair game for the Dems. She attacked Obama, Michelle and every Democrat in this country, and there's more of us than them!
We recognize that the McCain campaign wrote her speech. And that blowing kisses to the crowd was absolutely disgusting! She represents a STEP BACK for women in this country and it pisses me off! This isn't small town Alaska! This is the major league and they won't be able to protect her for long by covering up her "deeds" and her absolute lack of national KNOWLEDGE on just about everything involved in this election. She is totally out of her league and she will NEVER work as the President in Waiting (because McWar is just TOO OLD)
The whole Wednesday RNC spectacle was disgusting: all the hate, anger, gleeful vituperation, and sheer malice was extremely disturbing and frightening. If the Dems weren't motivated before, they are now. I think the whole night will backfire terribly.
Is it just me or is there a problem brewing with Sarah Palin's husband. Her husband has not once but twice registered with the Alaskin Independance Party. This group wants secession from the United States and wants to create its own counrty. Can we have a VP or possible a President that has a spouce who is or has been a member of a party that wants to seperate from the United states. The person who we love the most and stands beside us does not want to be a part of the United States. Its not that he joined and decided wow this was not for me, no he joined the Alaskin Independance Party twice. I am a Republican and this concerns me greatly enough that I may have to vote with the Dems.
I think you are wrong Mr. Gergen, she is going to turn lots of American away from her. Lots of people don't like there pit bulls in skirts they like them in pants if you know what I mean.
No! Is she going to just whine about he is an elitist, he is this and that!
They are already whining about media by labelling typical media!
A word will be used and then instant sexism! Well,guess what public life is public life!
Palin will not draw any support from anywhere, after her speech and the rest of the speeches tonight, they have further distanced themselves from "average" america, and they have themselves put themselves into the ELITIST category...
Since when did doing something for your community become a bad thing? Being a community organizer is bad?? do they not know that AMERICA, and AMERICANS are part of one LARGE COMMUNITY???
ENERGIZED AND READY TO GO....
She seems like a snarky, angry woman. No humility at all in this woman.
It looks like it's her way or the highway, and that explains a lot of the firing controversies she's having in Alaska right now.
I also think she should've worn the American flag on her jacket rather than the Alaska First one.
not here she wont. we dont like hypocrites here.
She's too snarky for my taste. I'm tired of the negativity at the RNC.
At first I was very dissapointed John Mccain appointed Sarah Palin.. as it appeared he took an unqualified candidate just to appease women... but now I see he clearly chose the best candidate.
Very, very divisive!!! If McCain follows thru with the same tone tomorrow night, he can kise!s the White House good-by
I think she is a smug, arrogant GOP puppet . The pit bull description fits her aptly. It is not a compliment.
I wanted to hear solutions, ideas, vision.
instead I heard venom, lies, and republican rhetoric.
I am a woman. this is NOT sexism. She is BAD NEWS.