★ Morning Thoughts of Day Four

Last night was a late one.  I got back to the room at about 4 after attending a party hosted by former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman. It was, needless to say, full of people far more important than myself. When it was done I went back to the hotel bar with Eric, Todd, and Cyrus and had my first Wasp Sting - that's Guinness and orange juice layered like a black & tan. Fantastic. Morning thoughts...

Everyone is raving about Sarah Palin's speech from last night. The only criticism I've heard: her hair isn't distinctly modern. Oh, and Harry Reid called her shrill. Hmm...

Oh, as if we needed further confirmation on Palin's awesomeness: her teleprompter was malfunctioning throughout her speech. That would have been enough to earn several minutes worth of "Uhs" and "Ums" from Obama, but Palin handled it like a pro.

With Palin having done her part for the week, the spotlight now turns to John McCain. McCain isn't great when reading from a teleprompter, which is why I hope he will, as rumored, walk away from the podium at certain points during the speech. McCain doesn't need to match Obama or Palin in rhetoric, but what he does need to do is deliver a Thousand Points of Light-style address. For McCain, a little eloquence will go a long way.

Does anyone find it odd that while McCain took great pains to keep the Palin pick under wraps so as not to step on Obama's toes, and even went so far as to air an ad congratulating Obama on his big night, the Illinois Senator has chosen to spend the night of McCain's acceptance speech doing a highly-publicized interview with Bill O'Reilly?

Quote of the Morning:

"Possibly the most depressed liberal in the country today (other than Obama) is Hillary Clinton. She has been dogged, patient. She has spent years preparing to win the presidency. She's weathered public humiliation. She was planning to be the frontrunner for 2012. But last night she saw the future and she's not in it."

- Peter Kirsanow, National Review

Perhaps the most amazing thing about the Palin pick is this: everyone has thought from the beginning that this election was about Barack Obama. If Americans were comfortable with Obama, they'd elect him. If not, well, there was John McCain. McCain was the fall-back. But with Palin on the ticket, the election isn't about Obama anymore. It's about bringing real reform to Washington and which ticket is more qualified to do that. It's easy to see why Republicans are so excited this morning.