Paul Burka reports from the Republican convention.
Roger Williams, the former secretary of state who is in charge of the Republican victory effort in Texas, has had a tough year. The lack of enthusiasm of the Republican base for John McCain has hampered fundraising and volunteer efforts and has threatened to depress turnout. But Williams was in a euphoric mood on Monday. The reason is Sarah Palin. "All year long," he said, "people have been mad. Now, having a woman on the ticket has turned the energy level way up. All we have to do is keep this energy level. This is going to help our judges, our legislative candidates. If we get our vote out, we win."
As I listened to him, I wondered: Does Barack Obama regret not picking Hillary Clinton?
I know, that's just one poll. But here's Rasmussen's Texas result, published August 25:
This month, McCain is backed by 82% of voters from his own party and 16% of Democrats in Texas. Obama's support comes from 75% of Democrats and 14% of Republicans. Among unaffiliated voters, McCain has a dominant 51% to 35% lead.
Now having said that, there are other ways to measure Palin's impact on the state races. Williams touched on them - fundraising and volunteer efforts. It's only recently that McCain had a better fundraising month in Texas than Obama did. He had a very good day raising money immediately after the Palin announcement was made, and his best month ever in August. We'll see how that goes from here, as he transitions to raising money for the RNC and not himself. I don't know of an easy way for me to compare volunteer efforts before and after, but I can rely on the good old bumper sticker metric to see if more people are out and proud about McCain. Her speech last night obviously went over well with the base, but will it have any broader appeal? We'll see what the polls say, to see if there's more people identifying as Republican, and more R and I voters picking McCain. This season has confounded us all at every step, so who knows what we'll get.Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 04, 2008 to Election 2008