Ten Million: The Amount of Money That Obama Raised in the Hours After Sarah Palin’s 2008 Republican Convention Speech

Evidence that Sarah Palin polarizes the electorate: ten million dollars flowed into the Obama campaign via the Internet after her speech.

Ouch.

And focus groups of Michigan independents appear distinctly under-enthused about Palin’s convention debut. Here’s two focus group participants:

Diane Murphy, 42, Sterling Heights independent: “It appears that, once she makes up her mind, that is the end of it. We live in a gray world, not every answer is black and white.”

Jan Wheelock, 58, Royal Oak independent: “Nothing worked for me. I found her barrage of snide remarks and distortions to be a major turnoff. She is not a class act. The most important point she made is that she will be an effective attack dog.”

And here’s some more focus group independents giving their impressions of Palin’s speech: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/09/michigan-indepe.html 

Thus the rhetorical “shock and awe” base strategy that Palin represents is likely to prove a strategic blunder by the McCain campaign.

It cedes the center to Obama-Biden (where the race is likely to be decided).

But McCain was—and continues to be—clearly in a bind, essentially hostage to the theocratic wing of his party.

He had to hope that Hillary voters, centrists, and independents would overlook, or not notice, Palin’s far-right ideology.

But it’s not working.

And it doesn’t help when Rush Limbaugh enthuses over your pick in apoplectic terms. It tells people something about how extreme Palin must be when Limbaugh gets this excited about a candidate.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Ten Million: The Amount of Money That Obama Raised in the Hours After Sarah Palin’s 2008 Republican Convention Speech

  1. You forget that Americans voted Bush into the presidency twice. This will either be a very close election which McCain can win. Or it will be a blowout. Much like Johnson’s victory over Goldwater. Palin’s political future has yet to be written.

  2. Carol says:

    As a woman and a Hillary supporter, I find the idea that women will vote for Palin simply because she’s female both insulting and stupid. It was and is also about policy!! Palin doesn’t match up in any way, shape or form.

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