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. Jenni

    I really wanted to like her–just in case they win. Instead, I think she came off as the pitbull she described–mean and unwelcome in my home. I feel like all Republicans hate me! (And I'm an Independent!)

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. rexx

    Well you leftists can lie all you want but Palin delivered a solid speech and is not going to back down from the Democrats attacks. Time to send home the foam columns Sen Obama lol

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  3. Saad, NJ

    Wow! I respect all four candidates for what they have done in their capacity for our country. However, due to teh fact that what we have ben through in the last 8 years, I want Obama and Biden to be our leaders – in hope for a change and in hope for them to get us out of the downward slope we have experienced. But – I must admit that out of the four candidates, Palin should now take the 'gifted speaker' title away from Senator Obama and have it all to herself. Wow!

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  4. Dorrie

    As a woman and a mother, I watched Sarah Palin, and I felt horrified. She is clearly exploiting her children–including her disabled infant. She has chosen to expose her 17 year old pregnant, unwed daughter to national & international scrutiny–and then she comes out for motherhood, family, apple pie and mean mean mean attacks. She may fire some up, but as an Independent and a Christian, I'm disgusted by her.

    There's just something unwholeness about Sarah Palin.

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. Roz, IL

    the only people that were moved by this horrible speech, was the crowd and you people at CNN. the GOP did what they always do. lie and try to scare voters. WHERE WAS THE ISSUES.

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  6. javone77

    It's easy to sound tough when you have a prepared speech in front of you! Let's see how she does when it's just her and biden and a moderator.

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  7. Lynn

    Have we not had enough of this nastiness for the last 8 years??? Are McCain and Palin declaring war on the Liberals. Not too bi-partisan to me....

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  8. Tony Iovino

    Some "analysis"– are you actually on Obama's payroll?

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  9. Go Obama!!!

    They offered nothing! Palin looked poised and sounded good, but she offered nothing that we haven't already heard for the last few days. And we know NOTHING about McCain's plans for the country besides staying in this war!

    Also, considering Palin knew nada about foreign policy issues until she was groomed by the Republicans, she comes across as completely disingenuous trying to deliver a message about Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, etc!

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  10. donnie

    Sarah was very very boring and all she talked about was her family, PTA, being a hockey mom and John McCain being a POW. Where were the issues. Oh yeah and that she reads pretty good. Glad the camera man showed us the teleprompt.

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  11. RapidRay

    "And now it rests with McCain."

    No, now it rests with his speech writers. John McCain's going to have a hell of a time following Palin. She's far better at public speaking than he is.
    But I've yet to see anyone in that hall even come close to offering an answer to ANY questions of policy.

    The pep rally continues tomorrow night.

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  12. catmom

    So now they can stop crying sexism, and threatening to sue people for asking questions.

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. lb

    this is the woman who is supposed to be one of the leaders of the usa? am i dreaming? that was the worst speech. and who was that protester that was escorted out? and why was the fiance there? i feel like i am in the middle of a twilight zone episode.

    September 3, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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