"Written by George Bush's Speechwriter"
11:02 AM, Sep 4, 2008 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
The Obama campaign attacks Governor Palin's speech last night by noting that it was "written by George Bush's speechwriter." This is the best they can do?
The fact that - and I am not making this up - a speechwriter helped a politician with her remarks has been a recurring motif of attacks on Palin in recent days. It's meant, one supposes, to somehow diminish her, make her seem like an empty pantsuit. After all, she hasn't written a single autobiography, whereas the Democratic presidential nominee has written two (at age 47).
But this is silliness. Of course Palin had a hand in crafting her speech. Do folks not know any politicians? They tend to want to control things - that is why they are politicians. And among the things they like to control are their own speeches. Matthew Scully did a brilliant job, no doubt about it. But that does not diminish Palin's achievement - and the role she played in creating her speech.