Monday, September 3, 2012
The 2012 Republican National Convention wrapped up last Thursday, and there were some engaging and enthusiastic speeches. Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, delivered a rather powerful speech himself which received positive feedback. Of course, going into the speech, many were actually talking about the speech that had been made fours years prior, at the 2008 RNC. That speech, of course, was delivered by Governor Palin, the first woman to appear on a Republican ticket. As reported here at CBS News and here at The Washington Post, the number of people watching Ryan's speech was almost 20 million less than those who watched Palin's.
I haven't followed politics all my life, so I don't have a long history of tuning in to speeches made by nominees. I do know a stellar speech when I hear one, however, and Governor Palin's speech was stellar. Supporters and detractors alike, many who have been on the political landscape much longer than I, have said her speech was the best ever delivered by a vice presidential nominee. Anyone who heard the speech wouldn't doubt it. Considering the fact that the teleprompter malfunctioned, yet she continued without so much as a hiccup, only makes the speech all the more impressive.
Let's look back to that speech four years ago today, on September 3, 2008: