“No wonder, then, the all-out push by the Obama forces to paint Mrs. Palin as some sort of extremist.”
Looks like Charlie Gibson got the memo too.
While Sen. McCain’s support among Republicans inched up to 90% from 89% preconvention
but the support turned from an “ok I’ll vote for the guy because Obama is so bad” to “I want to do more”
The majority of Americans are good and fair people. The left is going to be sorry they ever embarked on this blitzkrieg against Governor Palin. They made a major mistake.
The bad news for Mr. Obama is that, so far, it isn’t working.
***I guess I won’t get tired of hearing that. But the MSM seems to be deaf right now.
That understates the improvement in Republicans voting for McCain. Party affiliation for the GOP in most polls has gone from about 32% to 37-38%.
I don’t know why they haven’t figured out that a sizable portion of swing voters are looking for a real conservative message and a President they can be proud of. They fell for Bush big against Kerry and they have historically shifted to the right. They may not see themselves as identified with any one party but looking at how they vote shows them voting to the right. One of the untold stories is that the demographics that are always said to favor Democrats have been shifting towards conservatives. New freshman are markedly more conservative than they were even ten years ago. So much of Democrat politics is based on mythology. They assign themselves advantages they do not really have while conservatives tend to underestimate their advantages in having the domain of patriotism, fiscal and social conservatism to rally to as well as extreme liberalism to rally against.
Here is an interesting blurb.
“The UCLA Higher Education Research Institute has tracked the attitudes of incoming freshmen at hundreds of colleges nationwide since 1966.
Its 2003 study found that 51 percent of freshmen supported casual sex in 1987; four years ago 42 percent did. In 1989, 66 percent of freshmen believed abortion should be legal; and in 2003, 54 percent did. In 1995, 66 percent of kids agreed that wealthy people should pay a larger share of taxes; in 2003 it was 50 percent. Students have traditionally favored stiffer gun control laws, but the study found that there has been weakening support for them over the years.
Is this a true representation of young adults four years later on the brink of a crucial presidential election?”
Not only is it not working—but it’s backfiring.
A game is won with a point guard who sets up plays not with a “look at me” 3 point shooter.
Plain was a great pick, but I think John McCain has not gotten enough credit for his masterful speech. Ignore the parts interrupted by the fat Code Pink losers, and his stumbles though mundane policy quirks. McCain’s repudiation of GOP excesses, humble opening of his heart, and sharing the origin of his dedication to this nation really struck a deep chord with independents (the Lou Dobbs set) as well as all Americans.
What is not discussed much is the idea that many Americans were looking for something different than the regular pattern of middle to upper-aged white males. Tim Pawlenty would probably have made a nice veep, but there’s no way he would have made the commotion that Palin has created.