ST. PAUL, Minn. -- NBC political director Chuck Todd, weighing in shortly after Sarah Palin's fiery speech before the Republican faithful, declared: "Conservatives have found their Obama."
Right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham agreed, telling Fox's Greta Van Susteren that it was the "night conservatives have been waiting for."
Ingraham continued with high praise: "It's one of the best political speeches I have heard -- ever!"
Thematically, the three speeches leading up to Palin's performance each took a page out of the McCain campaign playbook by attacking the media -- a time-honored tradition on the right, and an aggressive strategy enacted over the previous 48 hours with strikes on leading newspapers and television networks, like The New York Times and CNN.
A trio of former presidential contenders slammed the Fourth Estate: Mitt Romney brushed off "the editorial pages of the Times and the Post;" Mike Huckabee said the "elite media" is unifying the Republican Party; and Rudy Giuliani told the crowd that the election wouldn't be determined by the "left-wing media" (or "Hollywood celebrities" for that matter).
So it wasn't surprising that when Palin took the podium, she said she had a "little news flash for those reporters and commentators" -- that she was not going to Washington to seek their opinion. Just then, an impromptu chant of "NBC! NBC!" broke out among the attendees, who likely prefer Bill O'Reilly to Keith Olbermann.
But whether she wanted it or not, commentators had opinions.