Coldest State, Hottest Governor

Sarah Palin Wins the debate.

Well, folks, I told you so. 

Now, you gotta like Joe Biden.  Every one I’ve ever met who has ever known him, on both sides of the aisle, love this guy.  But he picked a strange issue to debate.  Whether or not John McCain is really a Maverick. Chuckle, chuckle.  Even the media elites will give McCain that much.  One thing for sure, no one, in any debating hall or bar anywhere in the country is debating over whether Barack Obama is a maverick.  As Palin pointed out…. He voted 96% of the time with his party.

For those of you who were too cowardly to stay and watch for the critics to pounce on Palin after it was over, here is just a sampling of the reviews you didn’t see….

“Sarah Palin Was Sensational Tonight … I Think She Wiped Up The Floor With Joe Biden”

Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press

“I Wanted My Granddaughters To Be Able To Look At This Debate … I Wanted Them To Look At This Debate And See That A Woman Could Go Toe To Toe With Someone Who Has Had Tremendous Experience”

– 1984 Democrat Vice Presidential Nominee Geraldine Ferraro

“She came across as a forceful, articulate and well-prepared candidate, able to go toe to toe with an opponent who has been debating on the floor of the United States Senate for the past 36 years.”

– Peter Baker, The New York Times

“I think they’re whopping it up in Alaska tonight and all those parties across the country for the McCain campaign because I thought in terms of theatrics and personal style out there, you can see why she’s such a successful politician in Alaska. … And any question asked of her, she talked about John McCain’s tax cuts, his record as a maverick, about his determination to reform what is going on and about energy independence.”

– Tom Brokaw, NBC

“She killed. It was her evening. She was the star. She had him at, ‘Nice to meet you. Hey, can I call you Joe?’ It was very interesting to me, for Palin tonight, for an hour and a half, I think America saw her for a really long time, and she became a star probably on a new level. Gwen Ifill was not there for Sarah Palin. Joe Biden was not there for Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin was there with a camera. It was classic go over the heads of the media and everybody else, talk straight to the American people. She hit every populist chord. It is amazing to me that 15 minutes in, she had Joe Biden on the defensive…”

Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal on NBC

“I think she’s an extremely appealing politician. Her energy level was much better than Biden’s. I think Biden lost a little speed there during the evening. I think she came across terrific in terms of presentation.”

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

“On the first go, you’re right, I thought that Governor Palin, after a bruising time in the media, showed up not just with confidence, but cheerful confidence that might surprise a lot of people, talking about her personal issues …”

– ABC’s Diane Sawyer

 “She was spirited, she came out well, she came out strong.”

– David Gergen, CNN

“My take is Sarah Palin was sensational tonight. She not only met the expectations, I think she wiped up the floor with Joe Biden, quite frankly. She is personable, she is young, she’s got a sense of humor…I think that she has done a sensational job and I think she as recaptured that magic she had out there at the convention.”

– MSNBC’s Pat Buchanan

“It was match point against Sarah Palin and she won the set and she kept the race alive.”

Bill Kristol, The New York Times

And on and on it went.  The media clips of her stumbles, taken out of context and lovingly edited by network ideologues did the very job I predicted.  They left the American audience stunned by her ability and a bit betrayed by the bill of goods the media had been selling them.


Published by Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, Game of Thorns, is about the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. He served as an adviser to two American presidents and was a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.

4 thoughts on “Coldest State, Hottest Governor

  1. Good Morning Doug ….
    Thanks for printing some of the “less than neutrals” that actually gave her a compliment . I too think she “wiped the floor ” with Joe Biden in communicating to Americans of ALL parties. She has that “Reaganesque Reach “.

    I am going to see her in person in 3 hours …a venue change from Orange County …to Carson Cal . Its Sarah Super Saturday in Southern Calif .

    I cant wait to experience the audience and Sarah without any filters or out of conext quotes . Especially no mainstream media to tell me what I am hearing . I have VIP seating ….a reward for taking on a list of 500 to call . My calls will begin after I hear her ….look out So Cal here comes the Sarah Express …its no “freight train ” . Its a “bullet train”.

    Doug …how about an article on how well VP’s of the past performed …mainstream press is doing it …We would rather see and trust your historical perspective.


  2. I hardly think she wiped the floor. Were you even watching? Have you seen the transcripts? While words came out of her mouth when she was posed a question, the words that came out were not answers to the questions.

  3. Just returned from a “live ” Sarah Palin Rally . Very little promo …venue changed at about two weeks out . I believe holds 13,000 …every seat taken . Additionally 1-2000 on the tennis courts in front of stage . And additional standing room only around the perimeter 5-10 deep . No rock star to draw this crowd . They only came to hear and experience Sarah . In a word she was “Electrifying ” She was on message , she was classy , excited , speaking from the heart …not a canned teleprompter speech . She was introduced by a high ranking member of NOW …who endorsed McCain /Palin ticket . There were a lot of ” Hillary Supporters for McCain/Palin” in the crowd . Except for the Obama hecklers outside it was a very respectful yet “fired up audience” .

    Never once a personal attack( except maybe the press who deserved it ) …only the issues . How she & John McCain would change things around in Wash like she did in Alaska . Two mavericks . Her comments regarding the opposing ticket were directed at “performance ” not “person” . She referenced her time as mayor in Alaska ( a previous speaker pointed out she got more votes as a mayor than Joe Biden got when he ran for President .) They also brought up her 80% approval rating in Alaska as Gov. Isn’t that about 8 -9 times the approval rating of the current congress …..that Joe Biden & Barack Obama are part of the majority party . She talked about an America that is energy independent …..and the audience errupted with “Drill Baby Drill ” . No teleprompters just spontaneous response .

    There was a radical heckler that got by security with a nasty sign …creating quite a disturbance . Without missing a beat …Sarah turned to face the “heckler” and firmly but gently said ” my son and your sons & daughters are in Iraq at this very moment fighting for the very “freedom” that person is excercising .” The crowd was on their feet …and cheering wildly until security removed the “heckler”.

    It was refreshing to see and hear the real Sarah , uninhibited by an obnoxiously rude Katie Couric ,or quoted out of context by others , or hammered to answer questions the way the interviewer wants . She reached out to HER audience with a smile , a wink and a story ….she has that”Reaganesque Reach” because like him she relates to the people . AND THEY RELATE TO HER . She spoke about energy , taxes , the war , the need of Wash to represent “main street America” .

    She asked humbly for “our” support , she said she & John were ready to go to work for the American people . She is very believable . People were so comfortable they brought their children .

    Quite an EVENT!!!!!!

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