"Drill, baby, drill. Sarah Palin was relentless in her speech Wednesday night," Slate's John Dickerson writes. "She drilled Barack Obama, elites, San Francisco, the press, and civil libertarians. She even went after Michelle Obama. And she did it all with a smile and a little mischief."
"Sarah Palin took to the podium tonight and gave the speech of a lifetime, perhaps the best nationally broadcast political introduction in the convention history, and a knock out blow to the Obama-Biden campaign and their pals in the media," Erick Erickson raves at Redstate.com.
How does Obama respond? "I don't think the Obama campaign knows exactly how this played last night," ABC's George Stephanopoulos reported on "Good Morning America" Thursday. "In their gut . . . I think they think it's a little too partisan, a little too ugly."
Consider the stakes: "Gov. Palin attempted to take all the problems and controversies that have arisen since Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain announced her nomination Friday -- the criticism of her level of experience, her lack of exposure on the world stage, her family's profile -- and turn them into assets with mainstream voters," Gerald F. Seib and Laura Meckler write in The Wall Street Journal. "The broader question was how her speech would play to the audience beyond [St. Paul], a question that was impossible to answer immediately."
"The question for the governor of Alaska, as she heads out across the country on her first national campaign, is whether she can do for Mr. McCain in a general election what she did last night with this audiences of delegates at the Xcel Energy Center," Adam Nagourney writes in The New York Times.
"Facing concerns that she lacks the gravitas for the presidency, she chose instead to demonstrate that she has the wit, composure, and aggressiveness to be an effective vice-presidential nominee," Peter Canellos writes in The Boston Globe.
She brought it: "Palin faced her largest television audience ever, a nation transfixed by her unexpected appearance on the national scene and a bumpy family narrative, not least her unwed 17-year-old daughter's pregnancy," Kevin Diaz and Pam Louwagie write in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "In a home-spun narrative of her public career as governor and small town mayor, Palin addressed the roiling debate about her qualifications for the vice-presidency, and the inevitable comparisons to Obama."
"Palin's poised and flawless performance evoked roars of applause from delegates who earlier this week might have worried that the surprise pick and newcomer to the national stage may not be up to the job," Politico's Jeanne Cummings and Beth Frerking write. "When the nearly 40-minute address came to a close, however, all doubts were doused and Democrats were on notice that Palin will not flinch from the fight."
(Wondering aloud: Since when did the words "community organizer" sound so . . . mean?)
"She pulled it off like she was born for the moment," Michael Goodwin writes in the New York Daily News.
Maybe she was: "The speech was so effective because it was given by someone who is, at once: a relative unknown, an executive not a legislator, a real reformer, a middle American who made it on her own, an outsider who was greeted with hostility by the D.C. establishment -- and, yes, a woman," William Kristol writes for The Weekly Standard.