Is Palin the Greatest VP Pick Ever?
A week ago the liberals were claiming that she was up there with Tom Eagleton, now she's the undeniable star of the Republican Party. Hey, I'm a McCain man, and I am thrilled he's at the top of the ticket, but part of being a star is being new and Sarah's undeniably new.
Some polls coming out recently undeniably reflect the popularity of the choice. For example, an ABC/Washington Post poll
found an incredible swing in support for McCain among white women:
Much of the shift toward McCain stems from gains among white women, voters his team hoped to sway with the pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate. White women shifted from an eight-point pre-convention edge for Obama to a 12-point McCain advantage now.
That's such a staggering result that it seems incredible. Essentially it means that 10% of all white women have changed their support from Obama to McCain.
Independents are also flocking to McCain
John McCain's 6 percentage-point bounce in voter support spanning the Republican National Convention is largely explained by political independents shifting to him in fairly big numbers, from 40% pre-convention to 52% post-convention in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.
It's fair to say that Palin isn't doing this all by her lonesome, but she sure ain't a drag on the ticket.