Senator John McCain’s selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as the GOP vice-presidential candidate changes the election parameters rather dramatically. The announcement cancelled out the major uptick that Senator Barack Obama might have gained from his over-the-top convention spectacle that included a speaker’s platform complete with Greek columns, a fireworks display that lasted 40 minutes, and a flag-waving, emotional audience of 85,000 enthusiastic supporters. His masterfully-delivered convention address (though full of boilerplate liberal agenda) was completely overshadowed by the Palin announcement. Even worse for the leftist candidate, none of the poll results listed on RealClearPolitics.com has Obama ahead of McCain by more than five points, and the Republican convention is not yet underway. Even more important, the McCain campaign raked in $10 million in the three days since the vice-presidential announcement, and they credit Palin with the record-setting $47 million that came in during August.
Those who have discounted the evangelical vote and have claimed that the values voters are a spent force need to make note of the pocketbook and enthusiasm quotients that Palin brings to the ticket. McCain has fired up his base, reached out to swing voters in several different categories — including women and economic conservatives — and given western states an appealing candidate. Those who want a return to fiscal accountability, personal responsibility and an end to government corruption applaud the choice of Palin, who has taken on the special interest groups and went into politics because of the challenges she faced as president of the PTA at her kids’ school.