The insurgency is dead in Iraq but it is alive in the Republican Party. The name of the insurgent-in-chief is Sarah Palin.
Alaska governor Palin’s masterful speech was viewed by 40 million – that was more than Obama’s audience. [This based on Rasmussen’s posting today.] She is (according to the Rasmussen poll) now viewed favorably by 58% of voters. We don’t yet have the television ratings for McCain’s more tepid speech last night, but —
“The Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows the beginning of John McCain’s convention bounce and the race is essentially back where it was before Barack Obama’s bounce. Obama now attracts 46% of the vote while McCain earns 45%. When “leaners” are included, it’s Obama 48%, McCain 46%”
Go to –http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/daily_presidential_tracking_poll
In David Brooks’ latest column in the New York Times, “A Glimpse of the New”, Sarah Palin is identified as the leading edge of an insurgency within the Republican Party.
“There wasn’t even any tired, old Reagan nostalgia. Instead, her language resonated more of supermarket aisle than the megachurch pulpit. More than the men on the tickets, she embodies the spirit of the moment: impatient, fed up, tough-minded, but ironical. Even in attack, she projected the cheerfulness of someone confident about the future. In those 40 minutes, the forces of reform Republicanism took control, at least for a time. Republicans started talking about Palin, Bobby Jindal and a brighter future for their party.”
And McCain, the old rebel, is not far behind:
“He did note that he has fought to change the Republican Party during its period of decay. And he diagnosed that decay Thursday night (to the tepid applause of the faithful). And this passion for change, combined with his proven and evident integrity, led to the crescendo of raw energy that marked this convention’s conclusion. His policies are still not quite there yet, but McCain has the heart of an insurgent.”
Link to the Brooks’ piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/05/opinion/05brooks.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
Just as Obama is the face and voice of post-racial politics, McCain-Palin are the vanguard of a post-country club GOP.
Stay tuned – this promises to be a very interesting ride…