Liberal Media Responds to ‘Pitbull Palin’

By Susan Jones | September 4, 2008 | 11:06 AM EDT

( - “Palin Assails Critics and Electrifies Party,” The New York Times said in a front-page headline on Thursday, hours after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave the speech of her life to Republican delegates and the nation.
“Analysis: Palin makes landfall in St. Paul,” USA Today said, using hurricane terminology. Another front-page report in USA Today noted that “Sarah Palin introduced herself to the nation with a combative, funny and patriotic speech.”
“McCain risks being eclipsed by Palin,” The San Francisco Chronicle said on Thursday. (Sen. John McCain is set to deliver his speech to the Republican National Convention Thursday night, and in some markets, he’s up against the National Football League.)
The Washington Post, in an analysis piece, said Sen. John McCain’s surprise choice of a running mate might be “controversial, risky and untested,” but she “proved to be an instant jolt of energy for a political party that has been worried and demoralized for much of 2008.”
The Boston Globe, in a front page report, noted that Palin had made “a series of strikingly strong, sometimes sarcastic, swipes” at Sen. Barack Obama, and it quoted her as saying that the Illinois Democrat had “authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform."
'Pit bull Palin' sinks her teeth into Obama -- crowd eats it up,” wrote Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet. “Palin did not flinch as she sliced, diced and mocked Barack Obama in her debut speech on a major stage,” Sweet wrote.
“Smug and Sarcastic; Needs a Babysitter,” said one comment on the liberal Daily Kos Web site. “Gingrich in pearls.”
According to an unofficial poll on the Daily Kos Web site, Palin’s speech was “as infuriating as it was boring,” as judged by an overwhelming majority of respondents.
“Knock Out,” said the New York Post.