Are you authentic?
Gingrich on Palin
The great threat to the Obama-Biden ticket can be captured in one word: authenticity.
There is something unaffected and "unsophisticated" (in the Columbia, Princeton, Harvard and University of Chicago meanings of the word) about Governor Palin. She really was point guard of a state championship basketball team. She really is a competent hunter. She is a hockey mom. She has one son about to go to Iraq. ...
This is a moment of stunning authenticity versus a sad collapse on the part of the Obama campaign from " change you can count on" to politics as usual ...
Gingrich is trying to make a virtue out of ordinariness. If that's so, why not just pick a name out of a hat?
As an argument, it's not going to work.
Ah, but not everyone is equally ordinary. Some people are so ordinary that they are quite extraordinarily ordinary. Sarah Palin is one such person. Ordinary, but so much more ordinary.