September 3rd, 2008
11:25 PM ET
12 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. LAH

    She's proven herself to be a right-wing mouthpiece who spoke no substance.
    This is not leadership – it's mudslinging.
    The gloves are off now. Go get her, Joe!

    September 3, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. OK for Obama

    I disagree....we never thought anybody campaining for Republicans would be push over. We reject their opinion that we will run scared, afraid of another terrorist attack - enuf to keep them iin office. Yes Sen Palin is a spitfire, but she carries the same message as Mc-nochange...and No Thank you.

    September 3, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  3. sjp

    sorry, didn't see it that way at all, she seemed no different than any other speaker in the last 2 days. and at times seemed way below the office she is runnung for.

    September 3, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  4. Rebecca

    We get it....we get it....he's a former POW....Now where's the ideas for changing the economy?.... getting out of Iraq? just negativity and the same old right wing rhetoric (not actual facts) I remember hearing 30 yrs ago.... sorry, Ms Palin, but I am self employed, am working 2 jobs, raised 4 children by myself (one in the military), and cannot afford health insurance. Nothing you said addressed anything that I am concerned about in this "2008" election....and yes, I agree you are pretty good at reading the teleprompter.

    September 3, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  5. Maria

    As a woman, I became very depressed listening to Sarah Palin because she came across as a bully. I'm not interested in having a bully as my PTA president either... By golly, I bet everyone brought the cookies to the fund raiser at the PTA fun night... and no one forgot to bring the cake for the cake walk, cuz, wow, she'd been mean to you if you didn't. Nope, I'm not looking for another Washington bully.

    September 3, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  6. Danny

    The whole Republican party are nasty fear-mongering dividers. This is their platform: POW, Terrorism, Higher taxes, Lie, Fix Lies.

    September 3, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  7. Michelle

    I am SO NOT impressed with this woman at all !
    She is the LAST one who should be knocking Obamas experience because she hasnt got any herself at ANYTHING!!!
    this republican convention has been nothing but an attack fest on Obama.A disgusting display from the arrogant and elitist Romney and Guiliano.How could either relate to the hard times the average american is going thru.
    This speech did nothing to inspire me just reinforces what the american people know already that that McCain and Palin are more of the same LOW DOWN politics as usual
    No substance to her speech whatsoever!!!
    Just another attack dog

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  8. sue

    So then does that mean that we can take the gloves off now that we gave her her night....she sounded like a beauty queen
    all talk & full of hot air!!!

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. Daniel

    What speeches were you watching?

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  10. max

    families are now fair game ... she parades them around like a political hat and doesn't expect some shots ??? this whole evening was a disgusting spectacle with all the negativity and name throwing ... next scandal please ... we all know there will be more

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  11. Robert

    Palin could barely command the crowd, or the sentences written for her. This felt like a series of one liners read off of note cards. I don't think anyone but the already excited extreme right supporters are going to go for this pandering. Her speech was inherently contradictory in its tone and message. She looked unsteadily vicious, if that is possible.

    It is interesting that Palin is claiming a mantle of reform that is hardly supported by what we are all recently learning about her. Her neighbors and political peers are telling everyone how much she bullied those with other opinions and demanded that people stay loyal over staying willing to disagree. Additionally, it turns out she was a huge proponent of pork legislation. Wasilla had a higher pork project to inhabitant ratio than probably 99% of America. John McCain has even publicly opposed by name 3 projects she hired a lobbyist to play games with Sen Stevens to try to lobby.

    Remind you of anyone? (HInt: A less experienced Bush)

    It is scary that she is one heartbeat away from the presidency if we elect her.

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  12. Wendy

    Talk about dividing the country.

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  13. Hillary 4 McCain/Palin

    WOW!!! Sarah Palin YOU ROCK!!!

    As a Hillary Supporter in PA – I am IMPRESSED with Gov Palin, she hit it out of the ballpark....

    I have no doubt about your abilities AND EXPERIENCE, Sarah.

    Good Job.

    Go McCain/Palin 2008

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  14. Proud Democrat

    They were trying to invigorate the base, unfortunately for them they just invigorated the wrong one. This will bring Obama supporters out in droves.

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  15. brad

    Too much attacking. no real talk. Too scripted feeling. Only a few areas in her speech felt authentic. The whole evening was negative. Kind of depressing to be honest. Look forward seeing her speaking directly to interviewers. Get a real sense.

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. Bulldog

    Nobody knows Sarah Palin yet. Even the Republicans and John McCain himself don't know her. This just proves McCain is dangerous with this CRAZY pick. More and more of the truth is coming out on Palin who was picked because she was a so called reformer.

    She is not a reformer but rather a fraud due to the following:

    -As mayor of Wasilla, population 5700 at that time, she hired a lobby firm to help her get $27 million dollars in federal earmarks from 2000-2003.

    -As governor of Alaska the state received $570 million and $200 million dollars in federal earmarks which John McCain is against.

    -In 2002 Palin received $4500 from the same firm that has gotten Senator Steven indited for a felony and is under FBI investigation.

    -Sarah Palin's gubernatorial administration illegally possessed confidential files of her ex brother-in-law.

    -Palin is under a state investigation for abuse of power and recently hired a private lawyer who is authorized to spend up to $95000 to defend her.

    Palin is clearly a fraud on the ISSUES she supposedly was picked on.
    Where is the judgement now?????

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  17. Tom

    This speech obviously wasn't for the independents. If they think so, they've got it all wrong.

    A sickening display of attacks, anger, hatred, we are the only ones, no economic message or details and absolutely no substance.

    Hillary is a woman with substance and has the right to criticize Obama on experience since Hillary has experience. Palin cannot compare.

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  18. monica

    This was an overall disappointing and UGLY night for the repugs!! it is so sad when you can do nothing more with an entire convention but bash the other candidate and party....a sad night for America!!!

    Shame repugs.....spend your time and taxpayers money better next time at least pretend you have a solution for the economy or other issues that matter to average American people!!!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  19. Eric

    Frankly, one amazing boring speech. You could clearly see there were parts when she did not even know what she was talking about (Chavez in particular). For her to be condescending is almost funny, if it were not for the fact that she came across as an extremely divisive and unpleasant person. But hey, all those who believe God created the world in six days are happy now. Ignorance rules!

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  20. Molly in MPLS

    I thought she was authentic, but at the same time she has a condescending tone that will not promote the ability to work across the aisle. And let's be clear... she's been huddled for days with speech writers to put together this speech. Let's see how she can debate against Biden and she might just earn my respect. But just slinging mud at the opponent without offering your own solutions is crap.

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  21. Jane with a brain

    Your 15 minutes of fame is OVER Sara.....did you here me OVER. I love you Hillary!!!!

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  22. California Gold

    I still have no idea what their policies and platform are. It's still an angry Republican party hurtling insults and outrage at the successful and popular Democrat party candidates.

    She still lacks credentials, experience, education and polish.

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  23. Hillary Supporter

    So, she worked on a speech for three days. All she did was attack and offered no answers as to how to fix this country.

    September 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  24. Tracey

    Obama and Biden laid off on her, but know, it's fair game! It's attack time now! Go for it! And you are right, she did not mention anything about what she was going to do about the economy! She only mentioned mainly, John McCain's story! Only worked for the base, well crafted, didn't not do anything for the country as a whole!

    September 3, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  25. CNN loves McCain

    HUH? Could CNN lower their standards anymore?

    Palin READ off a teleprompter. Big Deal. Seth Rogen could do that...convincingly....should we nominate him for VP????

    The GOP is completely ridiculous. More lies, lies, lies.

    September 3, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
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