Josh Marshall asked, early on in Palin's speech, "Is Sarah Palin really comparing herself to Harry Truman?" Why, yes, yes she was.
"Long ago, a young farmer and habber-dasher from Missouri followed an unlikely path to the vice presidency."A writer observed: 'We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity.' I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman."
I'll just let Eve Fairbanks take it from there:
Palin pointed to Harry Truman, who had small-town experience growing up in Independence, Missouri. Well, I don't mean to be credentialist, but Harry Truman also served heroically in World War One and was a U.S. Senator and the nationally-known head of the Truman Committee before becoming FDR's running mate. He took a long road from his small town to the vice presidency -- a lot longer than Sarah Palin's.
Governor, we know Harry Truman, Harry Truman was a friend of ours, and you're no Harry Truman.