Just a few observations so far...
No ring on the finger of the Palin daughter...although Levi had a nice flag lapel pin on. Perhaps he can borrow one to Erik Paulsen.
I think they were instructed to hold hands all night...
Lots of closeups of white folks.
Still a lot of talking to the delegates in the room and not to America. Good job firing up the thousands of people in the room, but it's been a sad story when it comes to a Republican conversation with America. They've failed.
Anyone notice Palin's right eyebrow curl up when she mentioned Al-Quaida?
Back to Palin and Iraq though.
A week ago, Palin touted her role as "the mother of one of those troops and as the commander of Alaska's National Guard."
Yet, back in 2007 Palin didn't have a strong opinion on the situation.
In an interview with Alaska Business Monthly shortly after she took office in 2007, Palin was asked about the upcoming surge. She said she hadn't thought about it. "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq," she said. "I heard on the news about the new deployments, and while I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place; I want assurances that we are doing all we can to keep our troops safe."
As the commander of Alaska's National Guard, Palin hadn't thought about Iraq. With children on active duty and as the commander of the Alaska National Guard, it strikes me as odd that Palin hadn't given Iraq much thought.
As the commander of nearly 5,600 Alaska National Guard soldiers, how comforting is it that their leader hadn't really thought of Iraq much?
With 6 major military (Army and Air Force) bases in Alaska, did it not occur to Palin to give Iraq much thought?
Seven months into the surge, she still either had not formed any opinion on the surge or the war or just wasn't sharing. "I'm not here to judge the idea of withdrawing, or the timeline," she said in a teleconference interview with reporters during a July 2007 visit with Alaska National Guard troops stationed in Kuwait. "I'm not going to judge even the surge. I'm here to find out what Alaskans need of me as their governor."
And Palin assailed Obama and Biden for sitting on the fence on major issues?
Arguably, Iraq has been the biggest issue in America for years. Does it take that long for news to travel that far?
16,000 active duty soldiers reside in Alaska. While Palin is not THEIR commander in chief, her ignorance on Iraq is astonishing, especially since she has two sons serving this great country.
And we could want that a heartbeat away from the Presidency?