I had a chance this morning to watch Governor Sarah Palin, as she addressed the Republican Governor's Association in Florida. I also watched many of her stump speeches during the campaign, and the difference is dramatic. Shame on the McCain campaign for not letting Sarah be Sarah. I've heard some of the mean things being said about her by "unnamed" sources now that the campaign is over, but I can't help but think it was these soruces who posed the problem. I'm guessing this learning experience will make her a much stronger candidate next time around, and that her biggest lesson learned will be to NEVER let someone else control her message. Whether you agree with her politically or not, she's a great speaker. She has "it", and "it" is the ticket in politics these days.
Okay, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the market...what are our politicians thinking about? Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson now says "The facts changed and the situation worsened," explaining the administration's switch from its plan to help financial institutions by buying up troubled assets, primarily securities backed by bad home loans, and instead continue to focus on direct purchases of bank stock. The "Great Bailout" that "had to happen" before the election is apparently not going down exactly as described. I get the impression no one know what's going on, and that is not comforting.
If you haven't seen the parade promo with me, Matt, Virginia and Paul, you're missing true comedy. Matt and Paul should have their own comedy channel - for the stuff they can't get away with on the air! Take a look: