A Point on Substance

by Jonathan H. Adler

Lke others I was wowed by Palin’s speech.  I expected it to be pretty good — and better than pundits expected — but it exceeded my expectations.  I have one thought on the substance.  Including an extended discussion of international energy markets was quite shrewd.  It allowed her to play to one of her strengths — energy policy — while simultaneously undercutting concerns about her lack of foreign policy experience. She talked about the significance of foreign production and the geostrategic importance of pipelines with a level of sophistication that few would have anticipated, and it worked.  Had she tried to get into the nitty-gritty of Iraq or Iran, on the other hand, it would have seemed quite contrived.

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