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    “The World Will Soon Be a Better Place”

    By Kyle | September 4, 2008

    The reviews of Palin’s speech have been gushing, even from moderate liberals. It tallied 37 million viewers, just behind Obama’s speech, which had 38 million. Campbell Brown on CNN praised it, said she felt a strong emotional pull. Because Giuliani was interrupted so many times by applause and standing ovations (about ten, I think), his keynote speech ran long and the RNC didn’t have a chance to show the standard heartwarming introductory video for Sarah Palin. Here it is. They should show it tonight and wheel her out again to have her introduce John McCain.

    Welcome to the Palindome.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Politics, Rudy Giuliani, Sarah Palin | 8 Comments »

    8 Responses to ““The World Will Soon Be a Better Place””

    1. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      September 4th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

      Oh, thanks so much for showing that sentimental gagfest; I had just eaten. Who produced that video, the Hallmark Channel?

    2. KS Says:
      September 4th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

      Sigh. I liked the Michael Monsoor video, but I’m a little unimpressed with this one. Is the narrator Robert Duvall?

    3. Brandon Says:
      September 4th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

      Random but last night as my girlfriend and I were watching the speech my first remark was “you know her husband has never won an arguement.” Just by her mannerisms and confidence you got the feeling that you cross her at your own peril.

    4. kishke Says:
      September 4th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

      The world shook? Trembled? A bit over the top.

    5. Mo Says:
      September 4th, 2008 at 9:28 pm


      Shaking in your boots? It sounds like _even before_ Palin’s speech last night, Obama dropped eight points.

      What it really comes down to is collectivism, higher taxes, and bigger government and the SAME old tax and spend liberals (Obama laid out his plans clearly in his speech)


      Populism (individualism), lower taxes (which creates jobs, the government DOES NOT.), SMALLER government, Promises of REAL change and standing up to the old boys network in DC?

      This is without mentioning the sisterhood network that Palin attracts.

      Moderate female democrats, to even further left female democrats (that feel slighted by the DNC) WILL vote for McCain/Palin.

      We don’t need a European style collectivist… That’s NOT what has made America great. And America WILL connect with Palin and McCain. She is the “boots” / “cowgirl” candidate that CONNECTS with the american people and extends beyond the republican and democrat label.

      That’s why collectivist’s fear her. She will set the borg movement back decades.

    6. shangui Says:
      September 4th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

      “Moderate female democrats, to even further left female democrats (that feel slighted by the DNC) WILL vote for McCain/Palin.”

      Mo, you clearly don’t spend much time talking to these people if you think this is the case.

    7. MikeF Says:
      September 4th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

      Mo, have you just flown in from Mars? With those comments you must have. “The Old Boys Club”? Youve been voting for the “Old Boys Club” for the last who knows how many years!

      The economy is better under Republicans? Where is the proof in that as of late? This is the second recession in the last five years both under Bush. There was also a recession under Bush one after Reagan proving that trickle down or Reaganomics didnt really work as great as it was supposed to. But lest we forget under Clnton we had a boom time. 20 million new jobs as opposed to the five million under W, and a surplus which W threw away.

      And to second shangui, you absolutely dont talk to moderate female democrats. I was just speaking with my older sister today, a classic moderate democrat, middle class, the mother of two, does car pools and all the rest, and she absolutely hates Palin. The woman absolutely disgusts her. Her words not mine. So I dont want far off sector of the Universe you are getting this info from but you are far off. She’s not the only woman I have spoke to about Palin either. They liked her just as little. In fact according to what Ive heard from these people they respected McCain more without her but now feels he is just playing the “woman card” and pure politics. One thing Palin doesnt do is connect with the American people. Where do you get this from? I dont know any Americans that go moose hunting do you? She connects with Ted Nugent more than John and Jane Public.

      Where was Bush a populist? He fits the real definition of elitism. Born into priviledge, the son of an extremely powerful Washington figure, went to Yale, and on top of that was part of an elite group at Yale. How else do you define elite? People that read alot, or eat sushi? Jeesh. Stop drinking all that Kool Aid Mo, its bad for ya!

    8. Jules Says:
      September 5th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

      ‘Mo, have you just flown in from Mars?’