Live from RNC: The Mommy Wars, Sarah Palin Edition
Here at the Republican National Convention I spoke to several Republican women delegates. Should we have a VP who is also a hockey mom? From Maine and Virginia I interviewed four women, one pro-choice, who were all delighted at the prospect of Palin on the ticket. They acknowledge her gender is a key ingredient of her appeal, but they cite her conservative credentials and her outsider status as equally important. The Virginia contingent seemed confident that she will boost turnout in rural areas, which will be crucial to a McCain victory. A male delegate from Minnesota was equally enthusiastic. For all of them, Palin has brought what the ticket lacked: enthusiasm and popular appeal.
But the full force of Palin's appeal was nowhere more evident that at a Republican Right to Life reception. Palin was supposed to be the guest of honor before assembled delegates. However, a massive press turnout was for naught -- a last minute cancellation was announced. She, the crowd was told, was preparing for her big speech Wednesday night.
The fill-in speaker was Laura Ingraham who brought cheers from the crowd, intoning that the media and liberal opposition forming against Palin was solely because of one reason. Ingraham declared, "The reason is life!" She noted that, in contrast to Palin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was hailed as "a great power broker" and seemed to manage all her family obligations just fine. Ingraham explained that "boosters of Obama -- everyone at MSNBC" say they are for empowerment of women.
"Oh really?" she asked with heavy sarcasm. "Then why are you treating Sarah Palin like dirt?" The crowd cheered and cheered again as she listed Palin's attributes -- executive leadership, pro-drilling, and pro-Second Amendment beliefs and a winning appeal with people outside of Washington.
So the storyline today is simple, "Media attacks; Republicans cheer." The media would like nothing better than to paint Palin as evidence of sloppy legwork and irresponsible leadership by McCain.
Don't tell that to Republicans -- they have fallen in love.