A couple of hours before Sarah Palin rocked the house in St. Paul last night, I caught a few minutes of Bill O'Reilly's interview with Sally Quinn, who is front and center among the female media elites chastising Sarah Palin for her supposed inability to manage the demands of the Vice Presidency with the role of nurturer in chief among her own brood.
We women are not known for our capacity to mind our own business.
As soon as I saw Sarah Palin take to the podium, though, Quinn and her minions' disdain for the tough-as-nails-smooth-as-satin Alaskan governor became crystal clear.
They cannot stand her because she easily makes 4 or 5 of them. Palin is able to accomplish, with one arm seemingly tied behind her back, more real work with less complaint than nearly all the working liberal women in America. From liberal women, one hears nothing but complaint and woe-is-me tales of how unbearably hard their lives as women have been.
Sarah Palin doesn't wallow; she doesn't entertain pity for her lot.
She loves being a woman. She loves being a mother. She loves her husband. She loves America. And she certainly does not shy from hard work on the people's behalf.
On those down-to-earth, solid-gold issues Sarah Palin made her speech last night to an all-American embrace that will not be soon forgotten.
Palin rules; Libs drool.
When Barack Obama's campaign unleashed their first stab at Palin's candidacy last Friday, by condescendingly mocking her experience as mayor of a town of 9,000, they opened the door to this Palin zinger:
"I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities."
This line was delivered by Sarah Palin with such amazing aplomb that I wondered how many would be brave enough to point out how far this woman has surpassed the hyped-up charisma of Barack Obama. Not only does she best him on the experience issue, but she easily outflanks him on stage appeal. Not bad for one night's work.
Palin rules; Libs drool.
On what is shaping up to be one of the most important issues of this presidential campaign, Governor Palin artfully reminded Americans that she has presided over the government of one of our Nation's most important energy suppliers -- Alaska. And she addressed the drilling issue head on with an intro that should have shamed Nancy Pelosi into hiding under a desk somewhere. Governor Palin reminded Americans that "our opponents say again and again that drilling won't solve all of our energy problems - as if we didn't know that already."
No-nonsense Palin then proceeded to lay it out for the voters plain and simple, reminding us all that we must begin somewhere soon or saddle our children with an even worse energy situation:
"...the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines...build more nuclear plants...create jobs with clean coal...and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers."
With impeccable timing and grace, Sarah Palin wowed Americans from coast to coast, injecting a sense of humor and small-town authenticity that even caused somewhat reserved Republicans to herald her with hearty applause and raucous cheers of "U.S.A! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!"
Palin rules all right, and if Libs aren't drooling, it might be because they haven't even figured out yet what has hit them.
As the mother of a son, who is profoundly deaf, I was brought to grateful tears myself when Governor Palin took a moment to mention our special-needs population. Acknowledging the difficulties that special-needs kids and their families face in "making America a more welcome place," Mrs. Palin promised that when she becomes Vice President, all of us "special" families will have "a friend and advocate in the White House." My own heart did swell at that and nearly burst, simply for that moment of recognition, as I have learned from our son that citizens with extra challenges show us all facets of the human spirit that we would otherwise never see.
Democrats may talk a good game when it comes to love; Sarah Palin lives a life of love.
Big difference. Talk is cheap; real love ain't.
For 40 minutes, Sarah Palin delivered one perfectly-timed zinger after another, especially at Barack Obama. The crowd seemed to be wrapped around her little finger every minute.
Pow. Pow. Pow. Without so much as breaking a nail.
My favorite lines of the speech, however, had to do with Senator Obama's two faces, the one he shows you when he's with you vs. the one he shows when he's not. Capitalizing once again on her humble, small-town upbringing, Mrs. Palin wowed the crowd thusly:
"...in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening."
"We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco."
We may rest assured of this, my conservative friends. Wherever Barack Obama was listening to Sarah Palin, he got this message loud and clear. That joke going around in Alaska about the difference between a hockey mom and a pit-bull being only in the lipstick, certainly rang true last night in Minnesota. And Barack Obama has now felt her teeth. He knows the lady bites.
She smiles while she's doing it, wearing a pencil skirt and heels.
And I'm thinking that by the time November rolls around, citified Barack may want to invest in Johnson's Band-Aid stock.
Kyle-Anne Shiver is a frequent contributor to American Thinker. She is blogging daily at kyleanneshiver.com