Speaking Wednesday evening leading up to the Palin speech, Mike Huckabee had one of the memorable lines of the week: “I’m tired of hearing about her (Palin’s) lack of experience. I want to tell you something — Sarah Palin got more votes running for Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for President of the United States.”

After Huckabee and before Rudy Giuliani took the podium, I had a passing observation: After flipping between CNN and the major over-the-air networks, many of the gathered media looked like they felt out of place and uncomfortable at the GOP convention as opposed to the Democrat convention. It was like watching a group of microphone wielding vegetarians covering the grand opening of a steakhouse.

Up next, Giuliani’s line to remember was this: “There’s good ‘change,’ and bad ‘change.’ ‘Change’ is not a destination just as ‘hope’ is not a strategy.”

It was a fine warmup speech by Rudy…

Then it was Hockey-Mom’s turn. As she entered you could almost hear the conservatives circling the wagons and the feminists securing their blindfolds.

“Al Qaeda terrorists still plan to inflict catastrophic harm on America, and he’s [Obama] worried that someone won’t read ‘em their rights.” Booya!

Thoughts after her speech: Wow, talk about “folksy” yet not phony. It’s pretty simple at this point. “Regular” people — “ordinary” Americans” like you and me often say how great it would be to have “one of us” in Washington. Sarah Palin’s as close as we may ever get to that. Time to put up or shut up. This woman has “a female Ronald Reagan” written all over her, and it’s not an invented persona.

Of course, I could be wrong. But if I’m right, remember this day.

That said, I’m ever mindful of a line about as-yet untested astronauts in Tom Wolfe’s great book about the early U.S. space program, The Right Stuff: “Even though so far they had done nothing but show up for a press conference, they were known as the seven bravest men in America.”

In other words, “time will tell.”

Update: As liberal panic ensues, here’s the entire speech if you missed it:

Update II: Best non-politician quotes of the week go to Ann Coulter:

The bien-pensant criticized Palin, saying it’s irresponsible for a woman with five children to run for vice president. Liberals’ new talking point: Sarah Palin: Only five abortions away from the presidency.

They claimed her newborn wasn’t her child, but the child of her 17-year-old daughter. That turned out to be a lie.

Then they attacked her daughter, who actually is pregnant now, for being unmarried. When liberals start acting like they’re opposed to pre-marital sex and mothers having careers, you know McCain’s vice presidential choice has knocked them back on their heels.

But at least liberal reporters had finally found someone their own size to pick on: a 17-year-old girl.

Read Coulter’s entire piece here.

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