September 7, 2008

CAN YOU SPELL MO'? (via David Hill, The Bronx):

For the Republican Base, Palin Pick Is Energizing (Alec MacGillis, 9/08/08, Washington Post)

Palin's debut has invigorated the Republican base here in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, a battleground area in a top swing state, and one where GOP turnout depends heavily on evangelical Christians such as the Goodes, along with the many military families clustered around the Norfolk and Portsmouth bases.

The reaction has been remarkably instantaneous, with socially conservative voters who had barely heard of Palin electrified by the few facts they quickly learned: her longtime membership in the Assemblies of God, the largest Pentecostal denomination; her large family; her opposition to abortion even in cases of rape and incest; her decision to carry to term her fifth child after learning he has Down syndrome; and her belief in teaching creationism alongside evolution in public schools.

But the question facing Republicans here is whether their organization can match, and fully capitalize on, the enthusiasm provided by Palin with just two months left until Election Day. As Obama targets Virginia and its 13 electoral votes -- President Bush won the state with 54 percent of the vote in 2004 -- he has built a formidable organization, with 41 offices to McCain's nine, dozens more paid staff members, and far more time spent manning phone banks and going door to door.

GOP activists report with relief that socially conservative voters who might have stayed home on Election Day say they will turn out now, while others say they will campaign more actively for the ticket. Among those coming out of the woodwork, activists say, are some who have not been active before, such as parents of special-needs children who feel a bond with Palin. The reaction was slower for less-religious Republicans, including ones with military backgrounds who wondered about Palin's qualifications, but after her tough convention speech, many of them are also energized.

"Hearing her pro-life stance, her conservative values, her family orientation -- it has really resonated with the proletariat and caused people to say: 'Hey, I'm going to get involved here. This is someone I can relate with; this is someone that can win,' " said David Willis, an electrical engineer and GOP activist in Smithfield. "I don't want to imply the party's been limping this whole time, but with Sarah, McCain really emboldened it."

Biden tickets may still be available (The Daily Inter Lake, 9/06/08)
Tickets may still be be available for Sen. Joe Biden's visit to Kalispell on Sunday.

Biden, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, is scheduled to hold a town-hall discussion at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Flathead High School in Kalispell. [...]

Barack Obama had announced a 50-state push in his campaign against John McCain, which would include fighting for traditionally Republican areas. Obama has visited Montana five times, including four for the primary election.

His campaign has opened offices around Montana and has invested in numerous TV and radio ads.

However, the Associated Press reported Friday that Obama is pulling back a bit from his 50-state push to concentrate on swing states such as Ohio.

Next they bail on the swing states and try to preserve enough of the Gore/Kerry electoral votes that the party doesn't lose seats in the congressionals.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 7, 2008 10:45 PM
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