Christopher Merola

Last week, I attended the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. While sitting in the stands of the Xcel Center, I watched as history was being made.

Sarah Palin, the first woman nominated as Vice President of the Republican Party, roared like a lion and changed the entire dynamic of the 2008 Presidential race.

Her speech was more than simply effective. It was a complete paradigm shift. The platform of real America – the platform of the future – now belongs to the McCain/Palin ticket.

Just today I read the USA Today/Gallup poll for 9-5-07 through 9-7-08. The poll showed John McCain up 54% to 44% over Barack Obama. Palin Power has taken the nation by storm.

What is it about this woman that makes her so amazingly influential? I think it is her genuineness and her strength of character. Listen to this segment of Palin’s speech last Wednesday night:

“Politics isn’t just a game of competing interests and clashing parties. The people of America expect us to seek public office and to serve for the right reasons. And the right reason is to challenge the status quo and to serve the common good. Now, no one expects us to agree on everything, whether in Juneau or in Washington. But we are expected to govern with integrity, and goodwill, and clear convictions, and a servant’s heart.”

When was the last time you heard a politician speak straight from the heart and show such authenticity? When was the last time a politician spoke about a Biblical principle like having a “servant’s heart” with such sincerity? Contrast Palin’s Biblical reference to Nancy Pelosi’s outrageous claim that the Catholic Church has not determined when life begins, and you will see what makes Sarah Palin so refreshing. She is real.

So what do you think the Democrat Party, home of the second-wave feminist movement did after John McCain nominated Sarah Palin as his Vice President? They responded with nothing but pure vitriol. National Organization of Women PAC Chair Kim Gandy had this to say about Palin in a recent press release: “Sadly, she is a woman who opposes women's rights, just like John McCain.”

So because Palin does not buy into the monolithic, liberal-feminist worldview, she opposes women’s rights? It gets worse. Baltimore Sun columnist Susan Reimer, actually mocked Sarah Palin for having a 5-month old child with Down Syndrome:

“You want to look good to the evangelicals? Choose a running mate with a Down Syndrome child.”

Reimer then insults Palin for having once been a beauty queen when she wrote, “She won't be able to hold her own against Joe Biden in a vice presidential debate. But wait until the swimsuit portion of the competition.”

Christopher Merola

Christopher Merola is the President of Red Momentum Strategies, LLC, a conservative political strategy and communications company in Washington, DC.