September 4th, 2008
02:31 PM ET

Rosen: Sarah Palin, right and wrong

Editor's note: CNN contributor Hilary Rosen is the political director and Washington editor at large of HuffingtonPost.com, which describes itself as an Internet newspaper and focuses on politics from a liberal point of view. A longtime Democratic adviser, Rosen is a former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America and supported Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Hilary Rosen
CNN Contributor

Warning! This pundit isn't feeling the same way as many of my colleagues about Sarah Palin. She is being attacked for her lack of experience for the job and for whether she should be putting her family first instead of her career.

This just isn't that unusual in my book. And the more it goes on, the more uncomfortable I feel with that message.

Let's reflect. In her acceptance speech, we saw a woman who was compelling, charming and aggressively partisan. She succeeded in demonstrating that she is a regular mom who came to government to make a difference.

And she had that crowd in the convention hall eating out of her hands. Celebrity? It will be hard for the Republicans to attack Sen. Barack Obama for his celebrity now that they have one of their own.

A superstar of the radical right was made Wednesday night. And she may also have made some headway with those who buy her folksiness without knowing the extreme nature of her actual policy views


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  1. Ishmael

    I was looking CNN to be the most trusted news on earth but after yesterday I want to think otherwise. I cannot believe comments from Wolf blitzer after Sarah Palin's speech. Are you people kidding me. Even my ten year old can read that speech better than she does. Please CNN live to your standard.

    September 4, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  2. Cheryl-Chi-Town

    The thing that Palin has forgotten is that she was selected by Mc Cain,
    I doubt if the republican party would have ever voted for her over other more accomplish females like..........Elizabeth Dole, Kay Huthchins and needless to say Condalezza Rice..........Mc Cain needed a bulldog/female.......and I have news for Mrs. Palin if we did not have all those community organizers who sacrifice their lives and family as she states that she went into her governorship doing......I would think that she would not be so condescending.

    September 4, 2008 at 6:56 pm |
  3. Melissa, Los Angeles

    Oh now that Palin's a celebrity (she's on the cover of People Magazine with her kids and a story on them – imagine that!) it's ok but when Obama (who was not on a cover of People Magazine with his kids) but was given the celebrity moniker anyway was railroaded for it. McSame and his camp are two faced! I hope Obama wins so that "hockey mom" will go back to her podunk town and raise her family like she CHOSE to have.

    September 4, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  4. Jeff in Iowa

    Sarah Palin's husband is a member of the Alaska independence party. Some of them want Alaskan secession from the Union.. Their motto is "Alaska first, Alaska always." Does this represent American values? Not where I come from. McCain came to Iowa and declared he's against ethanol, now he's down 12 points in the polls here. Sarah Palin represents big Alaska oil. This is a joke.

    September 4, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  5. Jeff in Iowa

    Everyone should go to YouTube.com and search "sarah palin throws a republican party." This video shows a picture of the republican vice presidential nominee wearing a bikini, and holding a rifle. Are you kidding me, this person is supposed to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, god help us. Also, her daughter is shown partying, and brandishing firearms with her baby daddy and others. Sarah Palin is a great mother? Not to match her sarcasm but, yeah right.

    September 4, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  6. Ryan Field

    Sounds like a few people are running scared now. Well now you know how we (Hillary Clinton supporters) felt when Barack Obama exploded from the heavens with no experience, an ambiguous record, and nothing more than the ability to give a great superstar speech. And look at Palin: she didn't do it with the help of Oprah Winfrey plugging her books, and she didn't do it by raising money on the internet based on hope and change. Sarah Palin just walked into the arena, literally, and took over.

    And she's taking all the Hillary supporters with her unless "the blessed one" can figure out how to jump over the wall that just went up before him.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  7. Kevin Adel

    I find it contradictory for Sarah Palin to question Obama’s community service records when she also contributed to the PTA that she brags so much about. Isn’t that community service as well? It’s sad to see all those republicans cheer at the lame statement she made last night when she is practically attacking herself also. I don’t see what is so bad about serving the community and I don’t see it as something to be laughed about either.

    September 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  8. Mary Wilson

    Excellent speech , forceful presence, but if she is against birth control,
    her daughter might be pregnant every year. It seems we are moving
    back to 50s. when women had no right to choose, just multiply.
    I would suggest that medical research (stem cells), and abortion
    should be exluded from political arena., and left to the medical
    Also religion should be a personal and private matter,
    and not imposed on others.
    I would love to continue to vote Republican ,but these few points
    make me undecided.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  9. alena markham

    If Sarah Palin were a liberal we would never hear anything about her not be able to raise a family and be a VP but since she is a conservative it becomes an issue. Democrates are scared in their boots right now......

    September 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  10. Garnette---NC

    If you need someone to field dress your moose, then she is your girl !!!

    September 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  11. Garnette---NC

    If you need someone to field dress your moose, then she is your girl !!!

    September 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  12. Tom

    I think her speech was very powerful. Her attacks on Obama's experience were justified because he attacked her first. She definitely demonstrated her toughness, poise under pressure, and a human quality that I look for in a leader. From all I've seen so far, she has character, which is something I look for in a leader. I feel she will be strong on energy issues, which is something important to me as a conservative independant. I want this nation to be energy independant and want ALL measures taken to achieve that – including drilling for oil now. I feel she will be a quick study on domestic issues, because every governor has to deal with them. People that denigrate Alaska as a state just make me angry and think of them as elitest snobs. Her real challenge will be foreign policy, but she has a running mate that is by far the best of all four candidates. All she has to do is surround herself with people selected by McCain and she will do fine. My sense so far is she has the ability to make quick decisions - I feel that surrounded by the right people, which she will be, she'll have the advice she needs to be a very effective President.

    It struck me that Obama selected a tired Washington insider, which reveals that his change message is nothing but hogwash. I want change. When Sarah Palin was selected, it signaled to me that McCain is going to go for change in a real way. He is looking for a fiscal reformer. And that sold me on the ticket. I'm just hoping its not another lie.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  13. Presley

    "She succeeded in demonstrating that she is a regular mom who came to government to make a difference."
    Really? I didn't get that, instead, I watched a rehearsed, prepped main course for the Republican Buffet to feast on. It was bland, under cooked and not fabulous. I don't know any mom's like her and my unofficial poll within my peer group, which includes hopeful Republicans, did their research prior to last night's welcome party and she came off as a puppet with too many strings being operated by disconnected GOP Puppet Masters and Spin Doctors.
    I still haven't heard a satisfactory explanation as too why she was chosen other than Alaska being about LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION for an "elite" corporate right wing. If she is what Popularity is, I would rather be a Wall Flower.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  14. Evan List

    I am a former Hillary Clinton supporter who wasn't sure that Barack had the experience to be President. However, after the dust settled, it has become crystal clear that not only does he have the experience needed to run the country, but he is the only candidate in this election that truly understands what Americans want and need. I sat at home last night and watched Sarah Palin speak and the entire time I couldn't help but think about how sad it is that the republicans need to continually resort to fear mongering, lying, and negative speech. Over the holiday weekend I was in upstate NY with my mother, who flew in from Florida for teh long weekend. When Palin was announced as thet VP pick for McCain she flipped out and said "how dare they? Do they think they can just replace Hillary with another woman and we would all swap sides? I'm more qualified to be VP than this woman." I would have to agree.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  15. LAUREN

    Palin absolutely had every right to defend and do some attacking herself. It's funny that democrats have no problem with attacks that are made on Palin, but when she finally has HER turn to defend and stand up for herself, democrats say she's the one doing all the attacking. Come on. In addition, Palin as a celebrity? Hardly. I don't see her with the support of the whole celebrity nation. She's given two national speeches so far. Don't confuse a good speech with the celebrity that Barack has made for himself over the past six months. I hope nobody is forgetting that Barack gave absolutely NO substance to any of his speeches until his acceptance speech last week! Which is what I think McCain will do tonight. I confess I was also mesmorized by his charmful speeches, but came to realize I still didn't know how he wanted to do all of these things. Where was the money going to come from for all of his big government programs? The media and democrats are now attacking the republican convention for lack of substance, which is exactly what was the problem with THEIR convention last week. I was actually happy with Obama's acceptance speech because he finally told us his plans of how he hopes to achieve his utopia of a world, which sadly will not work. His plans only reveal his true inexperience. I still say – show me how you plan on lowering taxes for 95% of Americans when you are raising taxes on all the businesses that Americans work for? America already has one of the worst tax policies on businesses among the developed nations! We are falling behind and our economy is suffering because our businesses cannot compete. Give our businesses, who make the products we buy, employ millions of Americans and build our economy, a boost and I assure you that will trickle down to the families of America! And no, not I nor my family own or are at the top of a big business. However, I know many who are employed by big businesses.

    Palin was wonderful last night - and this is not coming from a right wing conservative. This is coming from somebody who was undecided a month or two ago. I look for McCain to go into some details about his plan and quiet the Obama camp tonight.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  16. Michelle

    The only task that Sarah Palin accomplished last night is letting everybody know that she can be just as cynical, malicious, and sarcastic as the rest of the republicans. The republicans have no message, no vision, and no plan.

    September 4, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  17. Josephine Grison

    This Sarah Palin is nothing but pure white trash!

    September 4, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  18. JC- Los Angeles

    It took Sarah Palin forty minutes to be taken seriously while Obama has had four years, countless words and a number of momoirs yet still struggles to get people to believe.

    Governor Palin punched the Democrtas right in the mouth and did what the fawning, mainstream media has failed to do and that's expose the Democrats as all talk and no change.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  19. Cindy

    For once I will say that I agree with you. Sarah is being attacked about her family and things that are of no concern to the public and especially not the dems. So why are they doing it? Could it be that they are running scared! Because as I recall they did this same thing to Ronald Reagan. They were scared of him because he had the ability to talk to normal everyday middle America...which is the Rep base, and got them fired up and voting. These same people got Bush elected into office. Now they see Palin can do the exact same thing and that scares the crap out of them. That is the real reason she is being bashed. Because if you recall they said Reagan had no experience and made fun of that yet he became our most popular president ever.

    Wait...wait I know you all think it's Clinton but you are wrong. Reagan's rating is a 3.6 while Clinton's is 3.4. SORRY!!


    September 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  20. Salome Daigre

    "The Difference between Her and A PITBULL IS HER LIP STICK"
    Go figure , a MORON,....a person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment, from the north.
    Who stands infront of the WHOLE USA ans Say's, "GOD SENDS WARS",
    What a Nut case?...

    September 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  21. ed

    She has a right to attack Obama or give substance about issues on her vp speech, thats the point of free speech. But she also has to take a punch back from the liberals, like she is giving them. When is the media going to wake up and understand woman our equal to men. If she can be a pick for vp, she can also be pick up off the ground from a countershot from the Left.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  22. eric

    RFK didn't get this up in arms outrage when he was running for POTUS while his wife was carrying their 11th child.

    September 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |