Rich Galen

In politics we know that major candidates do not write their own speeches. But major candidates have to deliver their own speeches.

There was some question as to whether she should sustain a line of attacks against Obama which is typical of the role of the Vice Presidential candidate.

We needn't have worried. She was great.

One of my favorite lines in the speech was this:

In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.

I don't know who wrote it. But I know who delivered it. With exactly the right pacing.

Sarah Palin.

The line which got the biggest roar of approval was an ad lib. The speech text reads:

I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better.

Palin, paused, looked around the hall, and said: "You know what the difference is between a pit bull and a hockey mom? - beat - Lipstick.

We needn't have worried. She was great.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at