Sarah's on! - There's no avoiding it: she's a fine looking woman.
She's off to a good, strong start. No deer-in-the-headlights here. Her inflections and gestures are fantastic.
"Average hockey mom" got a huge response for some reason. Pointing and playing to the crowd, very comfortable. The "small town mayor" vs. "community organizer" was popular, too.
Extra - Ann Althouse is live-blogging the speech.
Palin's making some arcane references: the styrofoam Greek columns, "saying one thing in Scranton and another in San Francisco", the self-made Presidential seal, "clinging to religion" but the crowd is eating it up. Does the rest of America get these references? Maybe a bit at a time.
I think she threw in a paraphrase of James 2:14 near the end: "What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?"
It was good! Yes, it was a prepared speech, but she delivered it with great humor, effectiveness, and poise for somebody thrust into the national spotlight so suddenly. Fred Barnes is gushing: "She's a natural." Yep, that sounds right.
Final word - Fox News just had Democratic spokesman Howard Wolfson on and he kept praising Palin's address. Chris Wallace literally (Joe Biden!) literally had to remind Wolfson that he was invited on to say something critical about the speech. He could only mutter that he disagreed with some of her policies. Funny moment.