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Yes. Of course, I watched.

As if I wouldn’t tune in to the NEW “90210.”

Oh, you’re wondering about the Sarah Palin speech? Yup, I watched that too.

Let’s all take a breather for a moment and first address “90210”…

I guess it was kind of cool to see the updated Peach Pit and all that. And I realize I’m not a 16 year-old girl but it was all sort of terribly boring. Well.. except for their way adorable teacher Ryan Matthews.

I mean, wouldn’t you hand in your paper on time if THAT was your teacher (even with the slightly weird outfit shown here).

But overall, the 90210 writers could take more than few pointers from the very steamy, dreamy “Gossip Girl.” Now that’s my kind of CW show.

Now on to the Governor Sarah Palin…

I noticed something about Palin last night. No, not the hair. No, not the glasses. Oh, I know. She gives an awesome speech.

Wow. She really rocked it. Adore her or despise her (or somewhere in the middle), you have to admit that she got the party started last night. Although, I think she could have left some of that snarky sarcasm in Alaska.

And her husband is a world champion snow machine racer? Was I the only one who thought that was kind of hot? This is a power couple, for sure.

But man, how nervous did her future teenage son-in-law look?

You just know he was thinking, “Damn, I just wanted to get laid and play some hockey. What the F–k am I doing here? Crap. I don’t want to get married or have a kid. And I feel so dumb holding Bristol’s hand in front of all these people. When am I allowed to let go? I think the press guy said I had to hold her hand the entire night. Shit. I need a beer. Man, this sucks.”

Or something like that.

Last night, I realized that John McCain knew exactly who he was picking to be his VP. This was not a rash, reckless decision to try to woo Hillary Clinton supporters. This was brilliant politics by the Republicans. And Republicans have proven again and again that they know how to win an election.

Sarah Palin, a very conservative Republican, masterfully painted herself as an everyday woman – just an average hockey mom who signed up for the PTA and ended up on the Republican presidential ticket. As I watched, something occurred to me.  This woman, despite her extreme anti-everything-I-support views, is very very likable.

And you know who else is very likable? George W. Bush.  I believe he won a few elections.

If the Democrats want to win in November, they better take Sarah Palin very seriously. Because this lady knows how to deliver. And she plans on delivering the White House.

mama bird notes:

There were so many interesting, insightful, passionate comments on my last post. If you are as obsessed by politics as much as I am right now, check out the comments on my post, “in defense of sarah palin.”

Also, if you missed my addendum, read this ABC News piece, “Sarah Palin’s Parenting Choices Under Fire.” And yes, I’m quoted! So c’mon, click on it.

55 Responses to the morning after sarah palin

  • toni says:

    I think Levi (a.k.a. future teenage son-in-law) is just looking nervous because he’s afraid Bristol is going to lick her hand and fix his hair, like Piper did with the baby!

    What went through my mind as I was watching last night was “Sarah Palin is two years younger than me. Man! What have I done with my life?”

  • Jennifer says:

    You’ve got that right — she’s in it to win and she’s willing to take the low road to get there. She referred to herself as a PIT BULL. Yikes. Take her seriously? Definitely. The Sarah Paline gloves the Dems have been wearing can come off, now. What frustrates me most is the double standard in terms of speeches such as she gave last night. (I posted about it today — come over and give me your two cents. Because I’d really like an explanation for what I see.)

  • Mom101 says:

    Indeed she did a great job reading the prepared speech that was written 2 weeks ago.

    I do not take her lightly. Because if what I saw last night in that convention hall is what America stands for, if bitterness, divisiveness and condescension is going to be the framework for our country for the next four years, I don’t want to be a part of it.

    My resolve is strengthened and I gave my largest donation yet to Obama last night.

  • kristen says:

    i realized that about the veep pick last night too kelcey – it was calculated and brilliant. she does give good.
    i listened although i admit to having a hard time watching.

  • Cathy says:

    You’ve made a great point. Palin is pretty likable, despite her ultra-conservative views. Just like George. I tried to watch, but my husband and I started yelling at the TV when she said a Republican government is going to help those with disabilities. That issue is just too close to home for us. And how the Iraq war is the “Christian” thing to do–something along those lines. Let’s start WWIII, shall we? I want to be unbiased, but I’m just so far gone after 8 years of Republicans running the show.

  • Daphne says:

    Yes, she was very good last night. Too good as far as I’m concerned, but her speech was written by a white house staffer and she practiced all week long with all the repub big wigs. Off the cuff she is far less impressive. Oh, and rumor has it that son-in-law to be has his own website, with choice language that don’t exactly jibe with his new family values friends.

  • wa says:

    That’s hilarious about Bristol’s baby daddy. I heard he was instructed to take down his MySpace page, mostly because, like a few 17 year-old guys, he thought the F-word was a noun, a verb and an adjective.

  • Ashley says:

    I guess what makes me so angry is, if Mrs. Palin was a Democrat, would the social conservatives embrace her leaving her special needs baby three days post natal to go back to work, and support her preganant teenage daughter . . . I believe not. It’s so hypocritical!!

  • Portia says:

    (bites her tongue in fear of unleashing more than this blog is prepared for)
    I will say that the speech was a great success…I liken last nights speech to a wolf in sheep’s clothing…be careful cuz when it bites it’s gonna hurt bad.

    I too gave a sizeable donation to Obama last night…and signed up for more phone banking. 4 MORE years of what I heard last night??? HELL NO!
    I missed 90210…someone fill me in

  • myshouseof6 says:

    I had to leave my children to go back to work also. Does that make me a bad mother? Im sorry, but do you know the definition of hypocrite Ashley?
    How dare we pass judgement on someone’s own choices… oh wait, their own choice, that is a democratic point of view, you should be all over that.
    Yes, she is a working mother.
    There is also a perfectly capable husband at home loving and caring for her beautiful children.
    gracious day, is there not one conservative who reads this friggin blog???

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Anyone who eats mooseburgers is my candidate. Her future son-in-law needs to lose the gum. So what if the Republicans don\\\’t believe in Gay Marriage? \\\’Marriage\\\’ is reserved for pregnant 17 year old girls…we all knew that. No one\\\’s life is going to change; no matter who gets in. Local politics effect us, national politics don\\\’t and don\\\’t have to.

  • mackbeth says:

    Yes, there is, now there are 2 conservatives that read this blog. I thought Sarah Palin rocked the house and is a wonderful choice for the V-P slot!

  • Madge says:

    That boy does look nervous doesn’t he? My favorite part about this post was your take on what he was thinking. I’m pretty sure you nailed that one. Pun totally and completely intended.

  • Tully's Mama says:

    Palin did a bang up job last night and did impress me with the delivery of her well-written speech. The proof of her ability to truly hang is when she goes toe-to-toe with Biden. Now THAT I can’t wait to see. Aunt Marcia, LOVE your comments as always. Kelcey I think you may have to ride this political wave a little longer – it’s a great forum for all us mamas – Blue & Red.

  • pamela says:

    here’s another republican from the lone star state and i have to agree as well with the other bloggers!!!!
    sarah palin was amazing and WILL make a fabulous vp!!!!

  • Deb Ringold says:

    K…I’m SO with you. I told my husband last night that if I didn’t disagree with her views on just about everything, I’d actually love her. She is a great speaker, very bright, and again, very likable. It’s too bad about that whole anti freedom of choice thing she stands for…among other things. And yes, the poor son in law to be looks like a deer in headlights. I guess he should have thought of that before he put you know what you know where. She was still the daughter of the Governor at the time…the spotlight was inevitable! BTW…Kudos on being quoted!!!

  • wendi says:

    awesome quote! Don’t know where to begin with Palin – love my Obama peeps – as for our Red friends – let’s focus on the issues and then explain to me how the conservative right respect women – I’m at a complete loss

  • ErinB says:

    Congrats on the quote and the political posts- I know its not easy for many reasons.

    And to ditto what a few people already said- The thing about speeches is that they are prepared, for days and weeks on end- by professional speech writers- whose only job is to create a kick ass speech. The words spoken do not come from the heart but rather a teleprompter. Anyone can read something well written, smile and throw their arms in the air. The excitement and adrenaline make it seem to real but in reality its all PR driven. I would like future speeches to be a surprise to the candidate- like the tv camera just shows up at their house some random night at 9 when they are in their PJ’s watching CSI…then see what they say.

    As far as 90210- a total snoozer. I don’t know why they thought they could recreate this. The highlight was seeing Kelly and Brenda together basically saying how they need to make up for lost time…and Kelly has a son and is divorced I think and I kinda got the feeling she was married to Brandon at one point? No idea what Brenda is doing back in town yet- though I heard she will be the music teacher or something? But that was only interesting 5 minutes. The rest totally blew. The characters are dorks- even the “popular” girls are dorks. This show has nothing on Gossip Girls.

  • kelsey kleiman says:

    Yeah, she rocked that house full of senior citizens wearing buttons labeling her HOT!!!

    Palin\\\’s charismatic the way a mean girl is charismatic. But, good lord, not nearly as charismatic as Obama, Michelle and Biden.

    Palin seemed pretty smitten with herself…and the great John McSame. She was bitchy with a smile like…a beauty queen or no, like a pit bull with lipstick. Yee Haw!

    Palin spoke of hunting animals, killing people in Iraq, snow machine racing and most of what she said really wasn\\\’t true – just political BS…probably because she does what she\\\’s told…Like people are saying she\\\’s a tool like GW.

    Pamela, why will she make a fabulous VP and more importantly, why will she make a great president if McSame dies?

    Oh, Hilary…wouldn\\\’t that just be the worst.

  • myhouseof6 says:

    wow, you are a mean girl.
    number one reason the obamas make me scared.
    Obama and his wife fought against the passinge of the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act”, which would protect and save babies born alive in an attempted abortion. meaning, without this bill in place, the babies are just placed in a holding room at the hospital/clinic until they passed. so this bill was an attempt to stop infanticide. he went to extremes to defeat it.
    so does that really happen? more than you think.
    1% of abortions occur after the 20th week of pregnancy (that represents 16,450 babies every year)

    scary scary liberals.

  • Tommy-Tom says:

    I’d like to see Levi’s parents weigh in on their son’s character and choices (maybe they already have. I get all my news from this blog). He may well be a solid young man. And his relationship with Bristol Palin may beat the odds and prove to be solid as well. I do know couples who got together as teens, raised children to be proud of, and are still together decades later.
    Also, given how badly men in charge have messed things up, I’d like to see vastly more mothers in positions of power. It’s hard not to believe that most women/mothers would be a tad more reluctant to choose military action as an early option when confronted with difficult world situations.

  • Lanie says:

    Kelc, good job with the political post. I did watch the speech and then tried to watch Gossip Girl – unfortunately, Tivo got confused and recorded the Backyardigans. Very sad evening. . . .

  • jean says:

    This may sound trite, but, as a former dancer, I’m kinda into body language…Something about her pursed lips and finger wagging made me have to finally turn off watching her speak. I just couldn’t watch her anymore. Everything was so ‘perfect’ about her. Not to judge her on that basis alone, yet, why couldn’t I get past the feeling that she was passing a lot of judgement herself…Stop it! Stop that finger wagging…

  • Michelle says:

    Let’s start with what’s important. Gossip Girl is so my dirty little secret! Second, you are right about Sarah Palin, she did a great job last night.

  • francine Kasen says:

    Love those Republicans! They will lawd Palin’s choice to carry her 5th child to term, and yet not see the irony that she got to CHOOSE, a right she and they want to deny our sisters and daughters. This woman is anti-sciernce, McCain admits to not understanding economics, A real brain trust they’ve given us! The party whose candidate has 7 houses calls Obama an elitist like a Harvard eduaction is a BAD thing. Palin definitely came off as snide, divisive and frankly, more of the same old Bushie, We are TRUE AMERICANS, just ask GOD”

  • feener says:

    love your comment about the boyfriend, yes he looked veyr uncomfy. as he probably should be.
    i didn\\\’t see the speech but it does sound like love her or hate hers she kicked ass. talked with my dad about it and i am starting to think they picked her and it will work, at first i thought it was giong to backfire.

  • Nap Warden says:

    Yes on the whole S.P. thing.
    More importantly, I watched the new 90210, it’s like eating Runts (you know the candy), so bad for you and yet I will eat a whole bag:P Gonna watch every stinking show!

  • MN Mama says:

    My husband actually commented that he thought when they panned to Sarah Palin’s husband the woman a couple of rows behind him said to her friend, “He is not bad.”

  • Jennifer H says:

    I thought the same thing about the boyfriend! But the way you wrote it was funnier. He could have been curing cancer and they would have pulled him away to appear at the RNC.

  • Tully's Mama says:

    totally agree about the baby daddy being a hottie – First Dude “not bad” either. Forgot to mention earlier CONGRATS to Kelc for the big quote on ABC! You know I get so pumped everytime you inch closer to true celebritydom.

  • Bitsy says:

    I’m another conservative who read this blog, because it is well written and fair. Some of these posts illustrate why I hate the 2 party system. You’re either a “them” or an “us” and you must hate the others. The truth is, if we all examined the issues and the candidates with an open mind, and didn’t demand the theater that politics has become, we would have elcted Joe Lieberman a long time ago. I didn’t say I was a Republican. Kumbaya, people. Stop being so hateful. We’re all in this together.

  • Valerie says:

    Kelcey, you captured my feelings about Palin exactly — she rocked the house last night, and is very likable. I just wish she played for the other team!

  • Valerie says:

    That would be Wednesday night — I watched it last night on Tivo since I could not stay up late enough to watch on Wednesday! And Kelcey, congrats on the high-profile quote on ABC News — I have forwarded it to many friends who are following the election and was proud to tell them that I knew you when!

  • S.B. says:

    Politics schmolitics – I wanted to eat that little girl up when she held that baby and licked her hand to smooth down his hair – that was the highlight of BOTH conventions – sweet, sweet, sweet!!!!

  • Rhea says:

    I agree about the young boyfriend looking nervous. I agree about Sarah Palin being very likable.

    I missed 90210! I’m going to see if I can find it today, hopefully someone has it. I used to love that show, probably won’t enjoy the new one, but have to at least check it out.

  • Melisa says:

    Glad I was not the only one to think the teacher is a McHotty pants! Also, I wish there had been boys that looked like Ty Collins in MY school.

    As far as Palin, I think post # 29 and 31 said it right. I watched and felt she was rather condescending and honestly didn’t feel connected to her one bit. I really wanted to hear something that I would say right on about, but sadly all she ever took was one pot shot after another. Likeable does not a VP make you…GW is likeable and look how great these last 8 years have been…I’m just saying!

  • magpie says:

    She did an amazing speech. Scary. Completely scary. She was preaching to the choir though.

    And yes, that poor boyfriend. Do you think they\\\’re paying him?

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    To make you all feel insignificant with your one little vote; note the state you live in. NY is a BLUE STATE, in 2004 Kerry won by a 20% margin over Bush…and NY hasn’t voted Republican since 1984. If you’re voting for Obama in NY, you’re already a winner there, and anything else is a waste of time. But we have the Electoral College; so popular vote doesn’t count…Obama gets all the electoral votes for NY, and can still lose. I live in Calif., another Blue State…Your vote only counts in swing states. Sorry, thems the facts.

  • Thomas says:

    Unfortunately, “likability” is what drives most voters, Ronald Reagan being the best example. Polls consistently showed that over 70% of Americans disagreed with RR’s positions on the major issues of the day, yet voted FOR him in overwhelming numbers. Sad, but true.

  • Raz says:

    I have to say, the first thing I thought about Palin was “oooh, her daughter’s really pretty…”, which is NOT something I need to be thinking about a politician.

  • sauerkraut says:

    Her speech was dazzling, if short on specifics. But her actions as governor and mayor are quite different from what she claimed last night. And a few things were flatout lies. Yes, she does look good with that lipstick but lipstick momma has an underlying mean streak that is only now coming up to the surface.

    This isn’t about dems vs. repubs. It’s about issues that we as a people and a country are facing. We need to stick together if we are to survive as a country. Can we really afford to elect someone who has a history of connections to a separatist party and a history of raising taxes not for police services (Wasilla is a hub for meth) but for building ice hockey arena’s?

    I know how I look at this whole issue but what are you going to do? Are you willing to look at the real issues or will you remain stuck looking at the lipstick of 90210?

  • myhouseof6 says:

    ok sauerkraut. i guess instead of the beautiful, successful woman who has joined the team of the well seasoned senator, you would feel more comfortable with a self proclaimed muslim who is arabic???? who got a large sum of his campaign funding from other countries?? whose pastor of over 20 years stated that whites could not be saved, that we should sing god damn america?? i mean, i can’t even believe the comments being made. who can in their right minds support a man who is against a bill which would save a baby who was aborted so late in the game that they are still friggin breathing when they cut the cord?????
    im just amazed at the differences in priorities from the east coast to the midwest.

    Go McCain/Palin!!

  • tracey says:

    Just blog hopping and saw your link to the same article I contributed to. Freaky small, this blogosphere.

    I’m thinking that if you were the VP, though, you’d probably be driving the kids a lot less… you know?

  • Anonymous says:

    My goodness, Mama Birds is now quite the political beehive. While I am all for a good debate, who is this myhouseof6 and why is she such a hater? The first amendment is swell and all, but it is really necessary for her to yell at us. Perhaps, we should send her a bottle of wine. She may need a night off.

  • myhouseof6 says:

    im sorry, i am quite the hater all of a sudden. i don’t mean to be, im a lover not a fighter, you liberal girls just bring out the ugly in me.

    i did however get to shake mccain’s hand today, quite a thrill for this republican.

    i promise to be kind and have no more yelling, lots more wine drinking.

kelcey kintner