Sarah Palin: Speech made for great live TV

No matter what you think of her politics, there’s no denying that Sarah Palin’s speech tonight at the RepublicanSarahpalin National Convention made for great television.

The woman can throw a verbal punch, and she was probably extra pugnacious tonight because of the going-over she and her family have endured this week. She clearly responded to the roar of the crowd, loosening up and losing her caribou-in-the-headlights look and ramrod-straight posture as she went on. It was fascinating watching her work through this make-or-break moment in her relatively brief time on the national stage.

Of the many crowd-pleasing zingers Palin lobbed at Barack Obama, the one that that probably stood out to the ears of showbizzers was her reference to Obama’s set design choices for his coronation speech last week.

“But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot – what exactly is our opponent’s plan?” she said, with a snide emphasis on “some studio lot.”

The parsing and analyzing of what Palin did and did not accomplish in her big moment will go on ad nauseum in the next few days, as will the slicing and dicing of her personal and professional life. Former “Daily Show” dude Mo Rocca made me laugh out loud with his observation on “CBS Evening News'” post-speech webcast that the most intriguing part of her perf came at the end when Palin’s youthful family joined their self-described “hockey mom” on stage. 

“It was like the cast of ‘Alaska 90210,'” he said. So true, and with just as many plot twists, eh?

I also couldn’t stop thinking about how Tina Fey could probably do a hell of a Palin impersonation were she still on “Saturday Night Live.” And with the brunette Palin favoring a slight beehive and Cindy McCain going for the Farrah Fawcett look, I’m thinking if this White House bid doesn’t work out there’s gotta be a conservative-themed “Charlie’s Angels” remake in the works, no? Maybe Curtis Nowrasteh is available.