The Note: Enter John

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.

The rest of the speakers complemented Palin -- more polished politicians, knowing their roles. "One after another, they sought to sap Obama's signature political weapon, the promise of change. They painted Palin as a tough, hard-working everywoman with small-town values, and they ridiculed Obama as effete and insufficiently proud of his country," Jim Tankersley writes in the Chicago Tribune.

The Hotline's Jennifer Skalka: "Mothers across America -- even many who disagree with Palin's politics -- had to have felt something stir within them when they saw this 44-year-old governor cradle her baby in her arms, her husband and four other children beside her, after accepting her party's nomination for the second highest office in the land. Women who strive for fulfillment in career and family know how hard it is to juggle both."

But wait until she's out on her own: "Wednesday was the easy part," Doyle MacManus writes in the Los Angeles Times. "The more difficult test, Republican strategists said, lies ahead -- in unscripted interviews, campaign appearances and a debate with her Democratic counterpart."

A hot mic may just reveal the truth: "It's not going to work," said GOP strategist Mike Murphy, not realizing the MSNBC mic was still switched on. "It's over," added Peggy Noonan.

"Murphy and Noonan merely said what a lot of their peers and colleagues have been saying privately all week," Howard Wolfson blogs.

(Might even Nancy Reagan be hoping and dreaming? Tammy Haddad's "TamCam" catches up with Ron Reagan Jr.: "She's fine with John McCain, as I said, they've been friends for a long time," Reagan said of his mother's leanings. "I can tell you though that she's also very impressed with Barack Obama.")

Palin she doesn't get to write this script, either: "A look at her record as mayor of the small town of Wasilla and as governor of Alaska shows a politician more flexible in her ideology as she has juggled the needs of governing," per The Wall Street Journal. "Gov. Palin has supported abortion restrictions and floated the idea of pulling books she considered offensive from a local library. But she also drew the ire of the religious right by shelving calls for new abortion limits, when she worried it would distract from her bipartisan deal to push through a new gas pipeline. She forced through property-tax cuts, but also raised taxes on oil companies. She has close relations with organized labor, backing union contracts on a state pipeline."

More on the fired trooper: "Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the running mate for GOP presidential candidate John McCain, wrote e-mails that harshly criticized Alaska state troopers for failing to fire her former brother-in-law and ridiculed an internal affairs investigation into his conduct," James V. Grimaldi and Karl Vick report in The Washington Post.

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