As far as a partisan democrat, no one is more dyed-in-the-wool than the former mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown. I saw this article today in which Willie was whispering to the faithful (those in San Francisco, the most left-wing major city out there) about Palin and Obama. He is telling dems that this is a big deal, despite what the high-profile media heads are saying. From the article:
“And notice how everyone is calling her Sarah Palin – not Gov. Palin. That’s not good for the Democrats. It shows a certain familiarity that goes beyond just issues”
“Then there is the question of how to boost the turnout in key states. Palin has become an instant heroine with the Wal-Mart crowd in Ohio, Nevada, Pennsylvania and other critical states. And Wal-Marters are a lot more likely to volunteer or show up at the polls than the younger people Obama has attracted.
Right now, the best shot Obama has of winning is to get out and register 12 million or so unregistered blacks, especially in the South. But he has got to do it without anyone noticing.
Palin will have no problem signing up new voters in her group. She can go to the Mountain Dew 250 in Talladega, Ala., and pitch for votes, and no one will bat an eye. But Obama can’t go to a meeting called by Al Sharpton to get out the black vote, because if he does there will be a backlash. He’s got to do it under the radar.”
I think Mr. Willie Brown is giving Palin a lot of credit as a democratic party elder of long standing. He is telling them to watch out. Also interesting is his note that the “Wal-Marters are a lot more likely to volunteer or show up at the polls than the younger people Obama has attracted”. You don’t hear that kind of reality out in the media, either.