Sarah Palin, the first dude from Alaska and running mate of John McCain, was in top form today at Colorado Springs, Colorado. By now, the largely ten thousands white Republican crowd were already familiar with Palin's slogan and chanted "Drill, baby drill"...
Colorado Springs is one of the biggest US military bases in the country. It has about 50,000 serving personnel and thousands more ex-servicemen living in the county. It is a conservative republican area.
Palin said McCain and her are pro-business and pro-growth. She praised McCain as an experienced, strong and and a hero on his last mission to help America.
Like Obama, the Wall Street is also Palin's favourite punching bag. Are we going to see more government regulation and intervention of the financial sector regardless who prevails at the election tomorrow?
Under McCain-Palin, there will be belt tightening for US. There will be a curb of big spending. Palin promised to balance the national budget by end of their first term. A tall order for a country with an internal debt of more than USD10 trillion.
She then went on with the usual attacks on Obama's liberal voting in the senate especially on tax increases and bigger government. She stuck to her republican roots of keeping a smaller government.
Palin showed her sensitive and caring side when someone in the audience was finding it difficult to continue standing. She praised an officer who brought a chair over.
However, her last of speech gave me enough reasons to be concerned. She criticised the government for giving money to foreign regimes who do not like US through billions of investment put into oil exploration. She wanted to save the earth through the creation of "green coal technology". This is totally misleading. Can coal really become 'green'?
Palin vowed not to retreat from Iraq, a war the US is winning. This sounded chilly especially when it comes from a leader who has not met any real top leader or visited the Middle East. This is the most distinct position taken by McCain-Palin compared to Obama-Biden who are anti-war.
But Sandra Russell and Chris Ryan - both from Colorado Springs - think otherwise. Sandra is confident the fate of her children serving with the US military will be better protected under a Republican leadership in Whitehouse. One of her children is serving in Iraq
Chris thought Palin has the mark of Ronald Reagan especially her aura, strength and charisma. It is undeniable that Palin has a huge star attraction.
On 4th November, her critics will either eat their words on Palin and make her their case study for poor political decision.