Sarah Palin is a game changer, is there any doubt after this weekend? She has simultaneously energized the conservative base AND independents. I am truly shocked by how well this pick has been received.
Conservatives have been waiting for McCain to stick his finger in their eye once again. With this pick, he has shocked them by delivering an authentic conservative. He raised $3 million overnight and has re-energized his base in a way few thought possible.
I am surprised that independents have been as impressed,
64% of unaffiliated voters now give positive reviews to McCain, up ten points since naming his running mate.
I really thought this was a risky choice. I, like Richard Brookhiser of National Review, took a decidedly negative view initially. I tried to make these points tonight, but the callers for the most part, were having none of it. Here’s Brookhiser,
"The Palin pick shows a low opinion of the vice presidency, and it shows conservatives in a bad light."
Why is this so?