I didn’t watch it live, but I saw some excerpts, and I came away with some thoughts:
– That was a cute line about the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull being “lipstick.” That makes her Spiro Agnew with lipstick.
– She knows how to read a speech, and Karl Rove and his gang know how to write one that is long on attacks and short on substance, which is what they do best.
– I don’t think Joe Biden needs to “watch himself” or be deferential when they have their debate in October. Sometimes the best way to handle a bit bull is with a two-by-four. Figuratively, of course.
– The line about her having more executive experience than Barack Obama and Joe Biden leaves out one other person: John McCain. So by that logic, why isn’t she at the top of the ticket?
– I guess the progeny parade means that the “family is off-limits” meme is officially over.
Update: Okay, I’ve now watched the whole thing. I heard a lot of reasons to vote against Barack Obama. But I didn’t hear one reason why I should vote for John McCain. Josh Marshall nails it:
…take this as a sign that the McCain campaign has abandoned an effort to compete for swing voters and go back to the base energizing strategy that worked for President Bush in 2004. The numbers make that look like a tough proposition. But I think a few months from now, everyone will agree this was a mistake.