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September 4, 2008 4:55 PM

Strong rhetoric with a smile

Posted by Richard Wagoner

Nathan Johnson is executive director of the King County Republican Party. He's worked as a research analyst for the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, served as a field coordinator for Mike McGavick's 2006 U.S. Senate campaign, and worked as a research analyst with the Senate Republican Caucus. He's currently attending the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

By Nathan Johnson

There are no words profound enough to describe what happened here in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday night. Never before have I ever seen a Republican crowd in such a frenzy for a candidate and so passionate about the message.

Governor Sarah Palin delivered at a level that exceeded our already high expectations. In Joe Biden's own words, "incredible," but in reality so much more.

Governor Palin addressed small town America in a way that only she could while reminding all 37 million viewers across the country that she was a "community organizer" that actually had responsibilities. The crowd went wild over that one.

Republicans showed their true colors on Wednesday night. We believe in progress and are excited for what the future holds. The delegates here are thrilled to be elevating Governor Sarah Palin to national prominence and significance.

Her message was compelling and her strongest rhetoric came with a smile. For all doubters, it was a wake-up call. For all believers, it was a revival meeting. For all liberal Democrats, it was the worst imaginable nightmare.

We are truly blessed to have Governor Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket.

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