September 4th 2008
he same tingle of excitement I felt when I first read of Sarah Palin in February hit the nation yesterday, just as I figured it would.
Joe vs. Sarah? No contest. Sarah pulled in 37.2 million viewers, 55 percent more than Biden’s convention speech, according to The Live Feed.
Hillary vs. Sarah? Don’t even bother. Over 5 million more females watched Sarah than watched Bill’s wife, formerly known as the keeper of the womens’ vote.
Barack vs. Sarah? The One almost got toppled from the pedestal he’s spent so long trying to convince us he deserves to stand on, eking out a paper-thin three percent lead in the viewership race. The consummate campaigner who’s had over a year to build up support and anticipation was almost knocked off by the new girl on the block – incredible!
Update: AP reports that with PBS added, Palin outdrew Obama by about 2 million, toppling the pedestal.
So, what of all the attacks on Palin? Can the Dems and their MSM buddies pat themselves on the back for a job well done? Not hardly, says Rasmussen:
Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November.
Ouch. But there’s got to be some good news for the Palin-smearers; surely they’ve at least cut her down with the whole experience thing, right? No; again Rasmussen:
Thirty-nine percent (39%) also believe the GOP vice presidential nominee has better experience to be president of the United States than Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
You mean better than Biden? Nope, no typo – better than Obama. So if you combine McCain’s experience and Palin’s … whoa, Dude.
Now finally, here’s a poll that was taken after the Palin announcement and the little talk she gave in Dayton, but before last night’s teleprompter-free stem-winder:
(CBS) The presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain is now even at 42 percent, according to a new CBS News poll conducted Monday-Wednesday of this week. Twelve percent are undecided according to the poll, and one percent said they wouldn’t vote.
This is in contrast to a poll conducted last weekend, where the Obama-Biden ticket led McCain-Palin by eight points, 48 percent to 40 percent.
Despite Obama’s reportedly incredible speech (I would give it a C+/B-), he’s lost his lead over the mere announcement and initial reaction to Palin. Is he feeling Hillaryesque? “I had this thing! I deserve this thing! Who’s this unknown @#$& to knock me off?”
For an indication of what’s going to happen when polls like this are re-run and pick up reaction to Palin’s speech, let’s look to the little reader poll next to the news on the CBS poll story, which asks, “How would you grade Sarah Palin’s speech?” I normally don’t give these sorts of polls any credence, but since this one’s on a CBS site that’s presenting polling news, it’s probably running fairly neutral, or maybe a tad left of neutral. The results:
A – 63.9%
B – 4.7%
C – 7%
D – 6.5%
F – 18%
In our 50/50 nation, do you recall seeing many polls where the Dem partisans can only muster together 18 percent?
I think the smearers can file away that “Palin’s going to resign soon” meme in the deepest trash can they can find.