The Detroit Free Press conducted a focus group last night, and found that independents weren’t impressed at all. They were looking for reassurances about her ability to hold national office, and Palin didn’t deliver.
"Sarah Palin came across as the small town girl who made good. I knew that I disagreed with her on some issues before this evening. After listening to her speech … it appears that once she makes up her mind, that is the end of it. We live in a gray world, not every answer is black and white." — Diane Murphy, 42, Sterling Heights independent
"I was completely underwhelmed. She was a Republican novelty act with a sophomoric script. It was not even a speech I would expect for a someone running for the local PTA, much less for vice president." — George Lentz, 66, Southfield independent
"Who is Sarah Palin? I’m sorry but I still don’t know anymore about this young lady tonight than I did last night … The way it looks to me, she’s the Republican vice presidential nominee for one reason: because Hillary wasn’t selected." — Mike Kosh, 38, West Bloomfield independent
"Sarah Palin is a self-described ‘pitbull with lipstick.’ She spent little time helping Americans learn who she is. She is a cool, poised speaker, but her speech contained few statements about policy or the party platform…. I am not convinced that Palin’s experience as a mayor or governor in Alaska meet the qualifications to be vice president much less one stroke or heart attack away from being commander in chief." — Ilene Beninson, 52, Berkley independent
"Nothing worked for me. I found her barrage of snide remarksand distortions to be a major turn off. She is not a class act. The most important point she made is that she will be an effective attack dog." — Jan Wheelock, 58, Royal Oak independent
"Sarah got as much applause as Hillary did, and had a friendly, appealing appearance.
Her delivery style reminded me of a high school valedictorian who also might have been a cheerleader. I thought she would appear more professional, more stateswomanly. She’s no match for Joe Biden." — Joellen Gilchrist, 64, Beverly Hills independent
Focus groups of female undecideds in Nevada didn’t seem to like it either.
By the way, it’s been five days now and John McCain has not allowed his vice-presidential pick to be interviewed by the press even once. So much for "transparency" and "reform" in a McCain Administration.