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Can Telegenic Conservative Sarah Palin Get Away with Attacks?

Sarah Palin's acceptance speech tonight was full of attacks on Barack Obama. If Hillary Clinton had delivered some of the lines in her speech, people would have called her a "bitch." Palin, however, will probably get away with her comments. That's very unfortunate.

Notice the difference between how these two campaigns have been run. McCain's campaign is negative and always attacking. Obama's campaign has always tried to rise above politics.

So, who's really putting their country first?

The Republican party, a party I've identified with my entire life, is really turning me off and driving me away.


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