UPDATE 28 JULY 2010 Insanely popular! She leads the pack by far for Republican nominee 2012:
UPDATE 18 FEB 2010: Wildly popular at Daytona 500!
UPDATE 20 NOV 09: She’s still wildly popular! At her book signing in liberal Detroit, 1500 waited through the freezing cold night to meet her… With perhaps 10,000 in Michigan! 4000 waited in rain at Fort Bragg!
And her favorables back up to 47-42!
No wonder her appearance on Oprah was the highest rated Oprah show in 2 years, even higher than Obama at his peak popularity!
She raised $45,000 for the Red Cross in one day!
5000 greet her at the University of Ozarks!
UPDATE 24 OCT 09: She’s still wildly popular!
Various commentors/trolls on my blog have been saying that Sarah Palin was a drag on McCain’s campaign, being much disliked and viewed as ignorant and shallow by Conservative voters.
Yet it seems that the only ones who are saying such things are liberals who support Obama. Exactly what would they know about whether their ideological polar opposites like Palin or not?
Methinks that the ones who really dislike Palin are the same liberals who secretly fretted that this out-of-nowhere populist bombshell might actually outshine and outperform their precious empty-suit Obamessiah!
Whereas for Conservatives who were apathetic about John McCain’s weak-spined centrism and reluctance to go all out against Obama, Palin was a breath of right-wing, fundamentalist Christian, true-blooded Neocon air!
To wit, What liberals dislike = What Conservatives like. Therefore, the very fact that liberal trolls are going around telling everyone how the Right rejected Palin is excellent circumstantial evidence that the exact opposite is true.
Let the record show:
Who cares if Palin was qualified to be President? She was running with John McCain! There was no chance that ticket was going to place her anywhere near the presidency. In fact, I can’t think of a better place to put someone you wanted to keep away from the White House than on a ticket with McCain.
Palin was a kick in the pants, she energized conservatives, and she made liberal heads explode. Other than his brave military service, introducing Sarah Palin to Americans is the greatest thing John McCain ever did for his country.
At least 10,600 tickets were given away to supporters of Governor Sarah Palin this week for the rally in St. Louis.
There were 10,000 people there and they were FIRED UP!
See also these telling photos from the Arena:
The media looked like they wanted to cry. Stunned silence. Disappointed.
The Obama Campaign headquarters near campus was dead.
There was no celebrating going on there. Not tonight.
3) 60,000 for Palin at The Villages, Florida (huge percentage out of a community of 70,000):
The Villages, a vast, upscale planned community north of Orlando, has about 70,000 mostly adult residents — many of them military retirees — who vote reliably Republican in statewide races. Tens of thousands inched along roads into the picturesque town square of the complex, where they stood in sweltering heat for about four hours as local GOP officials and a country band revved up the crowd.
“Sa-Rah! Sa-Rah!” they chanted at every mention of her name, applauding loudly and waiving tiny American flags that were distributed — along with free water bottles — by local volunteers. The fire chief estimated the crowd at 60,000. – The News-Press
Governor Sarah Palin spoke in Fort Wayne Saturday night, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Palin spoke to a large crowd in the tens of thousands.
The Fort Wayne event started with performances by Hank Williams, Junior… while the crowd of roughly 13,000 people waited for the Alaskan governor to arrive. Just after 7:45 Saturday night, the guest of honor took the stage. - WANE TV
A rally with Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is being moved to a larger site in Springfield.
Friday morning’s event was initially scheduled for an arena at Missouri State University. But the party says all 4,000 tickets were snapped up within 90 minutes Wednesday morning at Republican headquarters in Greene and Christian counties. Hundreds more Palin fans were left empty-handed.
Palin’s “Road to Victory” rally will now take place instead in the parking lot of Bass Pro Shops in Springfield. The outdoor outfitter is one of Missouri’s biggest attractions. – Columbia Missourian
Thousands packed the sun-blazed field in support of Palin, including five students who painted her name on their bare chests, along with a sixth who painted an exclamation point.
The crowd clearly felt Palin had been underestimated by both Republican leadership and the national media. - Charlotte Observer
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin told a Jacksonville crowd of thousands that her running mate would bring economic relief to middle-class Americans while Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama would raise taxes. - Jacksonville Business Journal
McCain drew loud applause, first at a morning appearance in the downtown of a quaint, Republican-leaning Wisconsin village and then at a more boisterous amphitheater rally here in Michigan’s working-class Macomb County.
Yet it was Palin who many, especially women, in both crowds were thrilled to see up close just days after she exploded onto the national political scene.
The two events Friday both drew about 10,000 people, comparable numbers to what the newly formed ticket saw last weekend. - Yahoo News
“You all know that you hold this election in your hands,” Sen. Russ Feingold, a Democrat who said he worked on ethics legislation with Obama, told a crowd of about 6,000 cheering Obama fans in the arena next to Lambeau Field.
Just a week ago, John McCain and his vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin — who can bring out crowds the way Obama can — appeared in this same stadium, Resch Center, to a crowd of 10,000 fans. There were an uncharacteristic amount of empty orange seats for Obama’s rally. - Chicago Sun-Times
Chambliss brought in Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain’s vice presidential pick, as his closer. She headlined four rallies for Chambliss across the state Monday that drew thousands of party faithful. – Yahoo News
The ball team’s president said the stadium holds about 15,000 for such concert-style events. Republican consultant John Hancock, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, estimated there were about 20,000 people. – KMOV
14) Supported by extremely popular, influential Conservative bloggers with tens of thousands of readers daily: Including Michelle Malkin, Moonbattery, Gateway Pundit, Little Green Footballs and The Jawa Report. And of course, the much read Ann Coulter. Read this post for an example of where their loyalties truly lie.
Malkin alone gets more than 500,000 visitors a day:
That’s a whole lot of agreeing voices saying WE SUPPORT PALIN!
16) Supported by thousands of little grassroots bloggers like me!
And especially for the trolls, compare the excitement generated by the former Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, to the apathy commanded by the then Democrat Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden…
The Alaska governor spoke to several thousand people at the Show Me Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. The arena holds a little more than 7,000 people and was full. In fact, hundreds more watched on closed circuit TV in an adjoining recreation center. One organizer said 13,000 tickets were given away. -The News Leader
Biden spoke to more than 500 people at Fox High School in Arnold, a suburb of St. Louis, and part of Jefferson County, where Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton got significantly more support in the primary than Obama. -KMOV
We have a crowd estimate! The Highway Patrol is saying 17,000 to 18,000 — more than the Kerry-Edwards appearance here four years ago and probably second only to Mel Carnahan’s funeral in 2000. – Primebuzz
Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden urged supporters in Lee’s Summit Monday to work hard in the closing hours to elect Barack Obama to the White House. “Thirty-seven hours!” he told some 400 supporters in the gym at Longview Community College. - Prime Buzz
19) Half of surveyed recognize Palin, hardly anyone recognizes Biden, and only 3/4 even know he’s the VP:
People were shown some pictures of prominent Americans, like John McCain and Barack Obama. Everyone recognized Obama and McCain. And maybe half the people knew who Sarah Palin was. But Joe Biden? Most didn’t recognize the Democratic vice presidential nominee.
“Maybe 75 percent of people can name the vice president. … The public’s knowledge of politics is shockingly low,” economist Bryan Caplan said. - 20/20
So why don’t I hear anyone talking about how big a drag Biden was on Obama’s ticket? Without Palin, McCain’s ship would have totally sunk as thousands of uninspired voters stayed home rather than vote for him. With Hillary instead of Biden, Obama might have had a landslide to rival Reagan’s!
And isn’t it kind of telling that Obama’s supporters keep comparing Obama to Palin instead of Obama to McCain or Biden to Palin? ;P