CNN reported that Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid released a statement calling Palin's speech last night "shrill." I heard the anchors speak about this last night. To their credit, they questioned whether a man would be referred to in such a term.
Expect a growing narrative, now that Palin is fulfilling the traditional role of VP as the attack dog for the top of the ticket, about her being too sarcastic, and, yes, shrill.
He might as well have called her a harpy. When's the last time a male was called "shrill"? I worry how many voters have a similar negative reaction to a tough, aggressive female.
(Note: Although the speech was good, I do want to point out that small town voters don't just want someone to identify with - they are looking for concrete plans to address their economic concerns. So far, I haven't heard either ticket really provide that, with the exception of promising tax cuts. Palin did a good job outlining her accomplishments last night, but one hopes that McCain satisfies the above-mentioned point tonight. That has nothing to do with sexism. It's just a thought that I had after watching the speech)