Donna Meisenholder, one of the more courageous commentators on this blog, sent in the following…..
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!!!!!!