The fact that Sarah (unlike Obama, unlike any Democrat) had criticized or opposed members of her Party, that she has kept Alaska's taxes the lowest in the country, that she has FIVE children (one military, one special needs), that she's married to true "workingman," that she and her husband are great athletes, that she proves a Governor doesn't have to look like a catcher's mitt, and that she not only talks the talk but walks the walk -- all such things became irrelevant.
To the entertainment and media elites (increasingly one and the same), she became less a punchline than a person. This is the woman who stiffed Big Oil and engineered a $40 billion deal with TransCanada for the huge natural gas pipeline.) She's the embodiment of the American Dream, but somehow that didn't impress the elitists. While the Left was clamoring for her to drop off the ticket, she went out and delivered the most effective political speech in the past generation.