An Analysis of Palin’s Speech

I still haven’t come across it on YouTube (busy going through feeds so I haven’t really looked for it yet) but here is James Fallows’ analysis of it.

– Fact checking. The speech took the “press is the enemy” theme to an extreme in dropping in a bunch of claims and factlets that the McCain team knows will be immediately picked apart by the press. For instance, her claimed opposition to earmarks and “bridge to nowhere.” I guess they figure, they’ll stick with their side of the story and say “there you go again!” when the press points out errors and holes.

– Abqaiq. The foreign policy grace notes in the speech, including pronouncing the phrase “Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia,” struck me like George W. Bush’s dropping in the names of foreign leaders during his 2000 campaign — as a way of showing that he knew them. This doesn’t remove the peril of what the first actual press conference on international issues, or the first debate with Joe Biden, might hold.

– Nothing off limits. Barack Obama has used his family as a prop from time to time — most recently, bringing the charming girls onto the stage at the end of his convention speech. That’s life in politics; everybody does it to some degree.Very few politicians do it as all-out as Sarah Palin just did, from citing the disabilities of her youngest child as part of her resume to including the shotgun groom of her elder daughter. I can’t recall any spectacle comparable to Baby Trig being passed from Cindy McCain, to Trig’s 7-year-old sister, to Palin herself when she ended the speech. Her husband looks charming, I have to say. From this point on it will be hard for her to declare anything about her personal or family life out-of-bounds.