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Democrats Begin Palin Counterattack

Democrats are attacking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on policy but not style after her speech accepting the vice presidential nomination received a rapturous response at the Republican National Convention.

In a conference call Thursday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) ripped Palin’s speech as devoid of substance.

“I only heard negative, partisan attacks. There was no substance, there was no vision of where they would take us. … Where is the beef?”

She added that “it’s frightening” that Palin could have “her hands on the tiller of American foreign policy. … What if something were to happen to John McCain?”

Wasserman Schultz also charged that Palin had a “problem with the truth” for seeking earmarks and backing the “Bridge to Nowhere” before she opposed it, while still portraying herself as a reformer.

“She’s not a reformer. She’s under investigation in her own home state for abuse of power. … If her best example of being a reformer last night was selling the state plane on eBay, that’s not my definition of reform.”

“She did a good job delivering a speech in a tough arena,” said a somewhat kinder Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D). “She mastered the words written by the Bush speech writers.” But Sebelius said she heard no solutions to the country’s problems, particularly on issues like health care reform.

And Sebelius said Palin is “on the radical fringe of even the Republican Party on reproductive issues and privacy issues” and wouldn’t appeal to most women and particularly women who had supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) presidential campaign.