It’s late and I finally saw Palin’s speech via TIVO. It was the most mean-spirited, hateful and divisive speech I have ever witnessed in American politics. It was packed throughout with lies and deceptive omissions.
It was clear that she feels she has the right to define America and that her definition includes no place for progressives like myself. Sure, she coded her smears as against “community activists” and “San Francisco,” but we all knew she was smearing all progressives, liberals, Democrats, etc. I truly believe she hates people like me and does not consider us American.
The speech was George Bush on steroids. It was in the long tradition of Atwater and Rove. It had the Rove acolytes fingerprints all over it. It was pure wedge politics with the hope that in dividing America she tore off just a big enough chunk to narrowly win this election. It’s desperation. It’s their only shot.
Overall, it was simply shameful.
UPDATE: As to the lies, Hilzoy has an early breakdown. I would add to his list Palin’s deceptive omission in failing to include that she used a windfall profits tax on oil companies (something Obama supports and McCain opposes) to give back money to Alaskans during the recent rising gas prices.