Updated: 8:17 AM ET September 8, 2008
Palin's Checkers Moment
by Roger Stone It's hard to recall speeches that were transcendental in American politics. Certainly Reagan's oration "A Time for Choosing" for Barry Goldwater in 1964, Mario Cuomo's 1976 convention speech helped elect Jimmy Carter that year. Hubert Humphrey's speech for the Civil Rights plank at the 1948 Democratic Convention, causing a Dixiecrat walk-out is up there. But the oration Sarah Palin chose to successfully follow was Vice Presidential Candidate Richard Nixon's 1952 Checkers speech. Like Palin today, Nixon was under an unprecedented liberal media attack in his case lead by the then left-wing New York Post over allegations regarding a secret fund that Nixon kept for political expenses. Unable to cut through the media din which was in those days limited to newspapers and radio with television in its infancy, Nixon chose to speak over the heads of the media and the panicky establishment Republicans who were already urging Eisenhower to dump Nixon,.Nixon took to the airwaves in a famous televised speech which boosted his popularity and made liberals and sophisticates gag for its simplistic appeal which these elites found corny. Palin's straightforward, wholesome performance has flummoxed the Obama camp as a new star is born. The Olbermanns, Matthews, Gergens, and Stephanpoli are choking as Obama's coronation doesn't look quite so certain. Campaign 2008 has become American Idol and Palin beats Obama whose act is wearing thin over a too-long campaign. Palin is exciting and new. Likewise Palin chose to ignore her critics and introduce herself to a record television audience before taking her critics and the liberal elites on. As predicted on these pages last week Palin's national popularity has now surpassed Barack Obama's according to the latest polls.
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