Palin’s Convention, Palin’s Party
As the dust settles regarding the Palin selection, her speech, and the RNC, many pundits are starting to pick up on something many of us already suspected - the Palin choice has created a circumstance unprecedented in modern American political history - a situation where the party is looking to the VP choice for its future, even before he/she is elected. McCain was never the choice of the grassroots base or the party establishment and his nomination has created an “enthusiasm void” that gave special power to Palin when McCain surprised the world with her selection. While even knowing little to nothing about her, the term “Palin Power” practically sums up the feeling of many conservatives, feelings vividly expressed in a post-convention ABC poll.
From The Houston Chronicle -
Palin’s ratings are highest among the groups already likely to be in the Republican camp, limiting the potential impact of the choice. Among conservative Republicans, 89 percent view her favorably, as do 81 percent of white evangelical Protestants. In both groups, large majorities hold “strongly favorable” opinions.
Could McCain really be depending on the bottom of the ticket to lift him to victory in November? Is the Republican party depending on Palin to become its new Thatcher or Reagan? Some seem to think so.