I'm sorry you feel that way. I think that in order to be more appealing to more voters, she needs to dial it back on the backwoods colloquialisms and speak plain English, as though she graduated from Harvard Law.
That most definitely does NOT mean abandoning Christian conservative principles in any way, or to any degree. But it does mean presenting those principles in more sophisticated, more presidential ways.
Absolutely! It was okay back in 1999/2000 with Bush vs Gore. At the time we were headed for a recession but as far as the American people were concerned it was just a "hard landing" (at least that was how the Clinton WH sold it) but is was not something we couldn't recover from. As far as the American people were concerned, it wasn't really a big deal. Just part of the cycle.
So, you had a VP who uses these lawyer words when he talks about even the most simple issues who served under a President who picked apart the word "is". When you use long 20+ words to talk about the simple issues like Al Gore, you begin to sound like a manipulative liar. Americans were tired of that crap and wanted a President more like themselves. Someone they would invite to a cook-out and be able to talk to and not be talked down to like Al Gore. The nation was really not facing major issues back then mostly because the republicans controlled Congress and Clinton was forced to comply to the will of the people.
That and his running as a conservative was why they chose Bush. (Unfortunately, he fundamentally transformed himself during the second term).
In 2008, Americans were looking for just what you described. We needed more than a war hawk. We needed an economic genius to turn around the economy that Pelosi and Reid gave us after winning control of Congress in 2006. And George Bush was not with clean hands either. It wasn't his conservatism that help hurt this economy - it was his fundamentally transformed policies that helped Pelosi/Reid destroy this economy so that that can use the destruction to get their party back in the WH.
As you said, Americans were looking for somebody who can speak with sophistication because the nation was in a much worse situation than it was 8 years prior. They were no longer looking for the guy that could speak like them at the weekend cook-out.
It was when I mentioned that Palin should dial it back on the backwoods colloquialisms and stop with the "by-gollys" that I was called a Palin basher.
I know Sarah Palin has it in her to save this nation. Back in 2008 she was more qualified to be President than John McCain. She was more qualified than Barack Obama and still is more qualified than Barack Obama.