Sarah Palin's acceptance speech was a sad representation of the Republican Party. Her stiff posture and smug expression did not characterize what a vice president should be. The tone of her words sent negative, biting vibes — very unlike the picture of the United States she was attempting to paint.

Palin poked fun at Barack Obama's notion of America coming together as a community, when the Republican convention's theme was that notion. She is quoted as saying "John McCain is compassionate." For who? And when?

Palin was virtually unknown. Maybe she should have stayed that way.

Carly Anderson

Salt Lake City