First thoughts... There is no doubt that Sarah Palin is a good speaker, perhaps even a great one for this context. She certainly acquitted herself well, and came of as competent (the bar was low in a sense, because of the week's bad news, but also high in that she needed to deliver at least a decent speech in order to not end up being a complete drag on the GOP ticket).
However Palin also came off as angry -- really angry -- and it's not clear to me that America is in a place where they want an angry ticket. Where there were feelings of combativeness towards the world four years ago, a sense of defiance, today it's not clear to me that we are still in a Rudy Giuliani moment. Indeed, Giuliani's campaign was the least successful in modern history, garnering a single delegate for the roughly $60 million spent. Republicans might be there; those in the hall sounded enthused at the harsh rhetoric from Palin. But whether the American people are there still at this moment in time remains to be seen.
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