From Fred Thompson’s speech at the RNC last night:

Some Washington pundits and media big shots are in a frenzy over the selection of a woman who has actually governed rather than just talked a good game on the Sunday talk shows and hit the Washington cocktail circuit. Well, give me a tough Alaskan Governor who has taken on the political establishment in the largest state in the Union — and won — over the beltway business-as-usual crowd any day of the week.

Let’s be clear … the selection of Governor Palin has the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic. She is a courageous, successful, reformer, who is not afraid to take on the establishment…

(Wasn’t that a photo of McCain on Meet the Press that flashed on that big screen in the Xcel Energy Center at one point last night? )

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.