Palin Could Win It for GOPOne thing last night's John McCain acceptance speech was not, we are compelled to admit, was a stemwinder. McCain has been known to give more compelling addresses, but for the most part he did a good job of laying out the case for himself over Barack Obama. What John McCain delivered was a "safe speech."
Throughout the Republican National Convention, the McCain campaign has done a good job of leaving the direct attacks on Obama to their surrogates-everyone from Mike Huckabee to Rudy Giuliani to Sarah Palin. Those speakers delivered attacks on Obama that were not only scathing, but effective. The party managed to use the platform provided by a national convention effectively to put huge holes in the opposition's armor. The biggest problem for the GOP is how the networks cover the convention.
Mike Huckabee's speech, for example, was not carried in full by any of the three major networks, and among the cable news channels, some carried part of the address while others carried none at all. If you want to see the convention for what it really is, as opposed to what the press tells you it is supposed to be, you must watch the convention on C-SPAN. Some of the most clear and effective speeches of the convention were never on major network television. Huckabee, of course, had one of the best speeches during the convention aside from Sarah Palin.
How important is Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket? If Rasmussen is to be believed, Palin may win the election for McCain:
Generally, John McCain’s choice of Palin earns slightly better reviews than
Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden.
Perhaps most stunning is the fact that Palin’s favorable ratings are
now a point higher than either man at the top of the Presidential tickets this
year. As of Friday morning, Obama and McCain are each viewed favorably by 57% of
voters. Biden is viewed favorably by 48%.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is viewed favorably by 58%--a point more than
either Presidential hopeful. Forty percent (40%) have a Very Favorable opinion
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters say that Palin’s speech helped McCain’s
chances of becoming President while only 10% believe it hurt those
The war is on, folks, and so much for the people who said that a Republican couldn't win this year. It is a new political ball game, and it is thanks in no small part to the Governor of Alaska.