This is not a political blog, and don't worry, it's not going to become one.
However, Sunny and I watched some of the speeches at the Republican National Convention last night. As it happens, we watched it on C-Span, because that was the first channel I found that was carrying the convention, and I knew we wouldn't get any commentary we didn't want or lots of incessant "news" scrolling across the bottom of the screen like crap through a goose.
C-Span: We Film, You decide. Take that, FOX!
Anyway, after a bit of skepticism, Sunny and I have decided that we both like VP nominee Sarah Palin, for a number of reasons, not the least of which are her Christian background and strong Pro-Life stance. As Christians ourselves and hopeful parents-to-be, this makes us happy.
But the highlight of the speech had little to do with Palin herself. You see, while FOX was dutifully, oh, I dunno, filming the candidate, C-Span kept going back to Palin's family in the front row of the mezzanine. And it was for this reason that those of us watching the speech on C-Span were treated to a true gem in TV journalism.
Nay, dare I say, one of the GREATEST MOMENTS IN TELEVISION HISTORY.
For while self-proclaimed "hockey mom" Sarah Palin was eloquently reading a speech (probably mostly written by others) on a huge stage in front of some decidedly American-looking image on an enormous screen behind her, in front of hundreds of cheering fans and delegates, one of the most carefully scripted moments on television this side of The Hills...
Palin's adorable seven year old daughter Piper was holding her infant brother...
...trying to fix his hair....
...with her own saliva.
Here's the money shot.
Needless to say, it was AWESOME.
This video contains only of part of the speech, but it contains the important stuff, namely a small child licking her hand and wiping it on her helpless baby brother's head while literally millions of people are watching it on national television.
How's Obama supposed to compete with that?
Fast forward to about 3:45 into this video, right after the "Hockey mom" joke, for the highlight of the speech.