Palinmania: McCain raises $7 million since VP announcement

posted at 6:21 pm on August 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

Like I said, conservatives love this woman.

Sen. John McCain has taken in $7 million in contributions since announcing Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, a top campaign aide said today.

The money bounce may owe to Palin’s appeal with conservative donors, many of whom said privately they had planned on sitting out the campaign this year. The money comes in just under the wire — after McCain accepts the GOP nomination Thursday, he will accept public funds and no longer be permitted to raise private money for the campaign…

Shortly before Palin’s announcement, one senior RNC official said McCain’s pick “better like doing fundraising.”

Like almost everything else she does, hosting these events will be something of a new experience for Palin. When running for governor of Alaska in 2006, Palin raised a total of just $468,400.

She’s tapped to do a dozen events for the RNC. Meanwhile, Politico reports more grassroots excitement in the form of spiking volunteerism, carefully balanced by Democratic reports of angry PUMAs throwing their lots in with Obama upon deciding that identity politics is only offensive when Republicans practice it. See also this newsflash from the New York Times, dropping a bombshell that different women have different reactions to Palin.

Finally, via Breitbart, the DNC’s cable news front has unearthed this clip of her from her reporting days. I think it’s endearing but doubtless it’ll be used to attack her credibility. Exit question: It is hard to take ex-sportscasters seriously when they talk politics, isn’t it?


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I donated!

Urban Infidel on August 30, 2008 at 6:23 PM

everyone who wonders if this is a good pick has their answer…money talks.

right4life on August 30, 2008 at 6:24 PM

Donated here as well.

In fact, it’s my first donation to any political campaign. I’ve only been eligible to vote since 2004, and this is the first candidate who has really energized me.

Hurrah!

Melchiz on August 30, 2008 at 6:25 PM

define Beauty.

Emeka on August 30, 2008 at 6:26 PM

Exit question: It is hard to take ex-sportscasters seriously when they talk politics, though, isn’t it?

You don’t want to go there Bro, Reagan was a radio sportscaster too, and Olberman is no Reagan!

Maquis on August 30, 2008 at 6:27 PM

Fisherman.
Hunter.
Reformer.
Conservative.
Giant Slayer.
Mother.
Basketball player.
NRA member.
Beauty Queen.
Snow machine rider.
Executiive.
Energy hawk.

…and RAINMAKER!

singlemalt_18 on August 30, 2008 at 6:27 PM

OMG. The camera loves her and she can handle the teleprompter. Plus…she does SPORTS. I’m more in love than ever.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 6:28 PM

I gave too!

TheSitRep on August 30, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Feels kindof weird – I CAN’T WAIT TO VOTE FOR THIS TICKET!!!

Fishoutofwater on August 30, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Would it be possible to have her replace Olby on the Monday Night Football pregame?

a capella on August 30, 2008 at 6:31 PM

The RNC is the only Republican committee allowed by federal law to support McCain/Palin after Sept 4th. If anybody wants to donate, the RNC is the place to send it.

RushBaby on August 30, 2008 at 6:31 PM

define Beauty. – Emeka on August 30, 2008 at 6:26 PM

Sarah Palin

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 6:32 PM

That clip is too funny. It brings back so many memories. She looks like every woman in my life in those days. LOL!

TheBigOldDog on August 30, 2008 at 6:32 PM

OMG I remember watching that when I was a KID! LOL

She was a great sports caster as an intern. :)

upinak on August 30, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Proof of Sarah Palin’s character: the fact that she has been beautiful all of her life yet she is still well-liked and down to earth.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Look at that 80s hair!

BTW, is she a young Boomer or an old Gen Xer?

gmoonster on August 30, 2008 at 6:32 PM

I agree now send to the RNC. Lets take back Congress as well as keeping the White House.

Yes we can !

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 6:33 PM

gmoonster on August 30, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Does it matter?

upinak on August 30, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Heh. We have someone who is more experienced on the teleprompter than Oblahma.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2008 at 6:33 PM

What guy doesnt love a woman who can talk sports ?

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 6:33 PM

This can only help if the Dems push it out.

Pianobuff on August 30, 2008 at 6:34 PM

She does have a really thick accent, doesn’t she? Makes me want to rent Fargo again.

lorien1973 on August 30, 2008 at 6:34 PM

“I think it’s endearing but doubtless it’ll be used as to attack her credibility.”

Too bad there’s no video of Obama as a community organizer:

“Do you want cream and sugar for the coffee, Maam?”

“Hey, don’t climb on the radiator, Sweetie!”

“No, you have to sign here to volunteer to pick up candy wrappers after the meeting if you want to sit near the podium.”

Dusty on August 30, 2008 at 6:34 PM

The difference between Palin-as-sportscaster and the ex-sportscaster-turned-****weasel AP is no doubt talking about: Palin has learned, and grown, and has accomplishments.

If today she was sitting behind a camera spouting angry, mindless, hate-filled rants and looking as if a pickle had been jammed up her, well, you know, I wouldn’t have any respect for her either.

MrScribbler on August 30, 2008 at 6:34 PM

These Democrats are killing me. We’re the elitists, but we’re simultaneously the hicks, the ones no one should take seriously. Amazing how we pull that off.

Some people need to be repeatedly reminded that there is more to the United States of America than New York City and L.A. – and frankly, some of the roughest-around-the-edges people I’ve ever seen, I’ve seen in Manhattan.

capitalist piglet on August 30, 2008 at 6:34 PM

I’m glad that hair is over with.

deewhybee on August 30, 2008 at 6:34 PM

Look at that 80s hair!

BTW, is she a young Boomer or an old Gen Xer?

gmoonster on August 30, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Born in 1964 which would make her a young Boomer, IIRC.
I’m the oldest Gen Xer.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2008 at 6:34 PM

gmoonster on August 30, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Does it matter?

upinak on August 30, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Older Gen-X
..it matters to me anyway-I get offended if anyone tries to group me into the same generation with my parents; plus “boomer” sounds hippie/liberal.

tehd on August 30, 2008 at 6:35 PM

What about that sportscast would cast doubt on her credibility, AP? Like you, I found it charming seeing our next VP do the news, but no more than that.

Bob's Kid on August 30, 2008 at 6:35 PM

I think it is quite teh bitcchen SHE was a sportscaster, myself.

Topsecretk9 on August 30, 2008 at 6:35 PM

She does have a really thick accent, doesn’t she? Makes me want to rent Fargo again.

lorien1973 on August 30, 2008 at 6:34 PM

Lol, I noticed that too.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2008 at 6:35 PM

OMG. The camera loves her and she can handle the teleprompter. Plus…she does SPORTS. I’m more in love than ever.
ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 6:28 PM


She’ll DO IT LIVE!

wise_man on August 30, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Dusty on August 30, 2008 at 6:34 PM

Too bad there’s no video of Osama Obama kissing up to Bill Ayers, Rezko and Wright, either.

MrScribbler on August 30, 2008 at 6:35 PM

You don’t want to go there Bro, Reagan was a radio sportscaster too, and Olberman is no Reagan!

Maquis on August 30, 2008 at 6:27 PM

Ah, but Olby = just a sportscaster, turned “pundit” when his meds stopped working

Reagan, Palin : played sports, covered sports. When they got mad at what they saw around them they didn’t just bitch about it – they did something.

doers > talkers.

sulla on August 30, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Even TEH GAYS love her!

SouthernGent on August 30, 2008 at 6:36 PM

tehd on August 30, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Are you kidding me?

I am a Gen X-Y, who cares?

Sarah is easy going… you do not realize her age when you talk to her.

upinak on August 30, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Also, the irony of the media telling me it’s bad that she was a newsperson will be delicious.

Topsecretk9 on August 30, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Is that an “Alaskan” accent? It almost sounds Minnesota-ish, but not quite. I’ve noticed it ever since I first heard her talk. Anyone out there know if it’s sort of an Alaskan thing?

RightWinged on August 30, 2008 at 6:37 PM

tehd on August 30, 2008 at 6:35 PM

She’s 1964 which is a late-boomer.

TheBigOldDog on August 30, 2008 at 6:38 PM

[MrScribbler on August 30, 2008 at 6:35 PM]

No doubt those are still inaccessible in someone’s home safe.

Dusty on August 30, 2008 at 6:38 PM

I donated too

Dingbat63 on August 30, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Finally, via Breitbart, the DNC’s cable news front has unearthed this clip of her from her reporting days.

So in their great search to find pictures of her in a bikini, this is the best that they could come up with in 24 hours?

“It is hard to take ex-sportscasters seriously when they talk politics, though, isn’t it?”

Oh har har har. I’m sure that KP liked that joke.

wise_man on August 30, 2008 at 6:38 PM

See also this newsflash from the New York Times, dropping a bombshell that different women have different reactions to Palin.

Exactly Palin isnt ging to win the Hillary Crones so its stupid for her to try.

Palin appeals to conservative and independant women. That is who is needs to reach out to.

It would be utterly stupid for McCain to lower Palin down to Hillary’s level when she is so much superior to hillary.

Play up her strengths maverick not Hillary’s weaknesses

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 6:38 PM

When Americans pull that lever for Mac/Palin, it wont be because she is a women but it’s because they will know in their hearts that she is a bad MUTHER FUC… [SHAFT!} well she is.

TheSitRep on August 30, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Is that an “Alaskan” accent? It almost sounds Minnesota-ish, but not quite. I’ve noticed it ever since I first heard her talk. Anyone out there know if it’s sort of an Alaskan thing?

RightWinged on August 30, 2008 at 6:37 PM

She was born in Idaho so could be that

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Contributed as well. And yes, I do love this woman.

D0WNT0WN on August 30, 2008 at 6:39 PM

“Don’t go overboard there Sarah”… Hah. She seemed kind of shaky there in that clip.

Anyways, Larry Johnson’s crew seems to have thrown Obama completely under the bus and are most likely going to vote McCain come November. I do believe that is an indication that a large group of Hillary supporters are happy with Palin and will be more than glad to ditch Obama for “Bush III”.

Seixon on August 30, 2008 at 6:40 PM

There was an ex-sportscaster that people did listen to, he was also an ex-actor and ex-tv show host. Ronald Reagan. He did pretty well in politics, don’t ya think?

flytier on August 30, 2008 at 6:40 PM

I’m just sayin’ Gen-X is just another thing that does set her apart from the candidates of the past. Never said she was old. I’m the exact age she is-we are far from old. ;)

tehd on August 30, 2008 at 6:41 PM

We still love big hair in Texas. :)

RushBaby on August 30, 2008 at 6:42 PM

The greatest thing about our Republican ticket: no freaking lawyers!!
WE got a retired navy hero and a former sports journalist.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2008 at 6:42 PM

WOW!

I’ve never seen 7,000,000 proof alcohol before.

Loxodonta on August 30, 2008 at 6:42 PM

I just gave at JohnMcCain DOT com. There was a field for ‘Did someone refer you?’ I typed in ‘Sarah Palin’. They’ll catch on ;)

fluffy on August 30, 2008 at 6:42 PM

We still love big hair in Texas. :)

RushBaby on August 30, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Seconded!

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2008 at 6:43 PM

She seemed kind of shaky there in that clip.

Seixon on August 30, 2008 at 6:40 PM

it was 1988. she was only 24.

TheBigOldDog on August 30, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Also, the irony of the media telling me it’s bad that she was a newsperson will be delicious.

Topsecretk9 on August 30, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Heh. Definitely.

Add that to all the other delicious ironies we’ve witnessed since she was announced: all women are unqualified bimbos, experience only matters if you’re running for VP, questioning the employment status of a drunken wife-and-child-abusing, power-abusing, murder-threatening law enforcement officer is actually a bad thing – the things we have learned in the past 36 hours! Who knew?

capitalist piglet on August 30, 2008 at 6:43 PM

RightWinged on August 30, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Alaskans don’t really have accents. But we do pick up things from family and friends who are from out of State. I say Ya’ll, Oinge (orange for those from Ohio area), warsh.. etc. Her parents are from Idaho, why can’t she have an accent from family?

upinak on August 30, 2008 at 6:44 PM

She is listed as Sarah Heath in that clip so she wasnt even married yet. Since she has been married 20 years that would make her at the very least 24 at the time of that clip if not younger.

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 6:44 PM

What decade is worse for old photos?
70′s or 80′s?
I say 70′s.

RobCon on August 30, 2008 at 6:44 PM

First time I’ve seen her eyes without glasses.

She is a very beautiful woman.

Loxodonta on August 30, 2008 at 6:45 PM

In the 1991 book Generations, William Strauss and Neil Howe called this generation the “13th Generation” and defined the birth years as 1961 to 1981.

why are we talking about this?
*smiling & laughing while saying this*

tehd on August 30, 2008 at 6:45 PM

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 6:44 PM

The clip is from 1988, so she was 23-24.

TheBigOldDog on August 30, 2008 at 6:45 PM

I’ve never been in love with a politician before…

ballz2wallz on August 30, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Seems to me if she has been doing public speaking since she was in her early 20s she is comfortable with it by now.

Obama actually appears much more shaky at public speaking

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 6:47 PM

tehd on August 30, 2008 at 6:45 PM

His book is overridden by the 5 millions definitions of the generations that cam be found anywhere on the net that all list 1964 as the last year of the Baby Boom generation and 1965 as the start of Gen-X.

TheBigOldDog on August 30, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Donated and bought t-shirts

Mercy4Me on August 30, 2008 at 6:47 PM

She got this middle american woman to give money…I guess I am bitter and hanging onto religion but the fact is she is an outsider and reformer sealed the deal with me.
Go McCain/Palin 08.

Also, after Obama speech go Michael Steele he was awesome.

Gracelynn on August 30, 2008 at 6:47 PM

I think her accent has softened over the years. I kind of like it, actually, and I think a lot of Midwesterners will like it too. I find it sort of sad that regional accents are disappearing.

doppelganglander on August 30, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Anyway-I’m just stoked she is not of the VW mini-bus driving crowd…and Barry is (…just 8 years old when…yeah-but he idolizes & hangs with those people)

tehd on August 30, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Seems to me if she has been doing public speaking since she was in her early 20s she is comfortable with it by now.

Obama actually appears much more shaky at public speaking

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 6:47 PM

That’s why she was so natural yesterday….

TheBigOldDog on August 30, 2008 at 6:48 PM

It would be utterly stupid for McCain to lower Palin down to Hillary’s level when she is so much superior to hillary.

Agreed… they played that completely in a Beta way. That allows people to delegitimize her as a token. She should raise people to her and not lower to them.

ninjapirate on August 30, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Born in 1964 which would make her a young Boomer, IIRC.

Actually this depends on the demographer compiling the data. Those born between 1961 and 1965 are often considered ‘tweeners’ of a sort. Both Obama and Palin fit into this demographic. Generally this age group doesn’t identify with the hippie Boomer generation and perhaps doesn’t exactly fit in Gen-X by date but we can probably say that where Clinton and GW Bush are Boomer generation Presidents we ARE seeing a passing of the torch to a new generation which is probably more in keeping with the risk taking Gen-X crowd than the anti-establishment hippie stuff. McCain is a Boomer (albeit an older one), it just doesn’t track that Obama and Palin would also be considered Boomers in style, taste or governance.

JonPrichard on August 30, 2008 at 6:49 PM

What was wrong with that clip and how exactly would it be used to attack her? Looked fine to me.

The Principal Chair on August 30, 2008 at 6:51 PM

I just gave at JohnMcCain DOT com. There was a field for ‘Did someone refer you?’ I typed in ‘Sarah Palin’. They’ll catch on ;)

fluffy on August 30, 2008 at 6:42 PM

I did that too! I included a ;) for good measure.

Maquis on August 30, 2008 at 6:51 PM

Born in 1964 which would make her a young Boomer, IIRC. I’m the oldest Gen Xer. – carbon_footprint on August 30, 2008 at 6:34 PM

With apologies to Billy Joel:

I was born in ’59
A Cold War kid in Kennedy Time;
Stop ‘em at the sixteenth parallel,
Blast those Vietcong to hell…

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Alaskans don’t really have accents. But we do pick up things from family and friends who are from out of State. I say Ya’ll, Oinge (orange for those from Ohio area), warsh.. etc. Her parents are from Idaho, why can’t she have an accent from family?

upinak on August 30, 2008 at 6:44 PM

I supposed that’s the best guess (the Idaho thing), though the way you phrase that question sounds defensive, haha.

Anyway, does anyone else notice the accent at all, or is it just something I’m imagining?

RightWinged on August 30, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Seems to me if she has been doing public speaking since she was in her early 20s she is comfortable with it by now.

Obama actually appears much more shaky at public speaking

William Amos on August 30, 2008 at 6:47 PM

I also noticed in that CNBC interview, that she has the ability to move a conversation very quickly, and confidently. I don’t mean that she talks fast, that’s not the same thing. Both Obama and Bush move conversations very slowly, for different reasons. Admittedly, I’ve only seen her on that one CNBC interview, and it was about energy, her strong suit. It will be interesting if she can maintain that on issues she is not as comfortable with.

Weight of Glory on August 30, 2008 at 6:53 PM

I think I love her.

That accent, ohhh yeah …

Benjamin9 on August 30, 2008 at 6:53 PM

This footage has got to be almost 20 years old. The Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993. What is shows is she could read competently from a teleprompter in the early 90′s, which makes here even with with Obama’s greatest strength today.

jmartin61 on August 30, 2008 at 6:53 PM

tehd on August 30, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Yeah she is more the bait the hook and fish type :)

upinak on August 30, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Here’s another clip of Palin…

Big S on August 30, 2008 at 6:54 PM

She is a very beautiful woman. – Loxodonta on August 30, 2008 at 6:45 PM

“I would kill for her. I would die for her. Either way…what bliss!” – Gomez Addams, watching Moticia while she is asleep.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 6:55 PM

RightWinged on August 30, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Right I sound very much like her. Big deal if you all think alaskans have accents. Most people here lately haven’t been here more then 6 yrs. Sarah has been here most of her adult life. As I have been here since I was a wee tot.

upinak on August 30, 2008 at 6:55 PM

What was wrong with that clip and how exactly would it be used to attack her? Looked fine to me.

The Principal Chair on August 30, 2008 at 6:51 PM

There’s nothing wrong with the clip. What’s “wrong” is that Sarah Palin is going to be the Republican VP nominee. So, she will be attacked for everything and anything.

Loxodonta on August 30, 2008 at 6:56 PM

JonPrichard on August 30, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Yeah-I just remember having these teachers that tried to shove that stuff down our throats in high school-and we weren’t buying it.

tehd on August 30, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Just to throw my thoughts into the mix over her generational alignment, she fits in between a value of time that is arguable between Boomer and Gen-Xer. Since there is a discrepancy, and consensus does not equal reality, in the year in which the two generations join/depart we’ll have to see what her views are on things. Does she take a more “idealistic” approach of the Boomers or does she take a more “pragmatic” approach of Xers?

Weebork on August 30, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Man, that hair reminds me of my prom.

sulla on August 30, 2008 at 6:57 PM

that she has the ability to move a conversation very quickly, and confidently.

WoG, that is actually one of the most enjoyable characteristics I’ve discovered in watching her interviews. I very much appreciate that in real life, refreshing to hear on tv.

Spirit of 1776 on August 30, 2008 at 6:57 PM

What’s “wrong” is that Sarah Palin is going to be the Republican VP nominee. So, she will be attacked for everything and anything. – Loxodonta on August 30, 2008 at 6:56 PM

And this is news? Welcome to RepublicanWorld.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Damn, I love her as well. Looks like we are getting a sense of what the Obama folks feel.
Big exception: our gal has substance.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2008 at 6:59 PM

So next Thursday is the deadline for donations.

I need to be maxed out by then, and I encourage HA readers to give.

Cafepress also has bumper stickers with just “Palin Vice President”. That is going on my cars, “because we’re all mavericks now.”

Right_of_Attila on August 30, 2008 at 6:59 PM

-whoops-posted too soon-
They (our teachers were so anti-Reagan (and pro-USSR); and we were like, “WTF? He is a good president”; and we didn’t think the Young Pioneers sounded like a good after school group.

tehd on August 30, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Take care about assumptions. Many of those, like me, born in 1955 would be considered mid-boomers. What you call a liberal and those self-identifying as conservatives are 40-40 split for that age group.

I’m neither, as are the other 20% of that demographic.

(Most polls today are roughly 1/3 Rep, 1/3 Dem, 1/3 Ind.)

Jeff

JDPerren on August 30, 2008 at 7:00 PM

“I would kill for her. I would die for her. Either way…what bliss!” – Gomez Addams, watching Morticia while she is asleep.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Couldn’t you just, sort of, like make a donation, do some volunteer work, vote, or anything a bit more LEGAL? Hmmm?

Loxodonta on August 30, 2008 at 7:00 PM

I admit it ~ I gave too! I even emailed the campaign to see where the closest local office is so that I can get signs, buttons, etc.

See what a great choice gets ya, Johnny?

IrishGirl17 on August 30, 2008 at 7:01 PM

I did my part.

So next Thursday is the deadline for donations.

I need to be maxed out by then, and I encourage HA readers to give.

Cafepress also has bumper stickers with just “Palin Vice President”. That is going on my cars, “because we’re all mavericks now.”

Right_of_Attila on August 30, 2008 at 6:59 PM

my truck will say on monday-”I’m pullin for Palin”

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 7:02 PM

JonPrichard,

I disagree with the assertion Sen McCain is a Boomer. His preference is aimed at words like fairness and compromise, not along idealistic preferences of morality, which are Boomer traits. Boomers, as a generation are not interested in compromise. Instead, Sen McCain more fits the traits of the generation born before the Boomers, the “Silent” generation. McCain fits more of this generation than he does a Boomer. John McCain was born in 1932

Weebork on August 30, 2008 at 7:02 PM

I’m a tail-end Boomer. More conservative, some libertarian, raised on SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK and AIRPLANE!

My subgeneration is like a room full of Jonah Goldbergs.

sulla on August 30, 2008 at 7:03 PM

Just check out these great photos from the Dayton VP roll out.
Hat tip: Pianobuff

The photos with Baby Trig are tearjerkers.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2008 at 7:03 PM

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