2008 What Sarah Palin Needs to Say During Her Speech Tonight
posted by September 3 at 16:48 PMon
Sarah Palin’s speech tonight is, technically speaking, an acceptance speech. She’s here to accept her party’s nomination for vice president. Of course, her party didn’t nominate her; McCain choose her name out of hat late last week when the religious right made it clear that there would be blood in the streets of St. Paul if McCain dared to nominate either of his pro-choice first picks, Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge.
And we all know how well that’s worked out. While the McCainiacs are putting on a brave face, and while Republican wanking heads are saying one thing in private and another thing in public, and while the “base,” those right-wing delegates you’re seeing on the teevee are ecstatic, Palin has been a disaster. The pregnant teenage kid, troopergate, a corruption investigation, the Alaska Independence Party, Jews for Jesus, and on and on. The woman either wasn’t vetted or lied her ass off during what little vetting was done.
So here’s what Palin should do: Open by thanking John McCain for the honor of being nominated, thank her family for their love and support, wax poetic about the progress that Hillary’s historic run and her nomination both represent—for the country, for her party (the Dems nominated a woman for VP years ago)—and then Palin should say that, as much as she would love to accept the nomination, as qualified as she knows she is to be vice president, as much as she would love to run… she has to focus on her family right now. And Palin should selflessly decline the nomination.
Imagine the pandemonium. Imagine the news stories. Imagine the freakin’ headlines. If the speech is calibrated just right, if it hits all the right notes, Palin will look like a good soldier falling on her sword… and she’ll be setting herself up for a political resurrection four, eight, or twelve years from now.