Former Republican senator and current Obama supporter Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island said that John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, not only revived the lackluster McCain campaign, but also energized the left.
When Chafee who was speaking at the New America Foundation in Washington, was asked about Palin he said, “People were coming into my office, phone calls were flooding in, e-mails were coming in, ‘I just sent money to Obama, I couldn’t sleep last night’ — from the left. To see this cocky wacko up there.” I’ll be honest. I don’t think it is a very good idea to be hurling personal insults at Palin, when the American public is still making up their mind about her.
I don’t think that Palin is a wacko. I will say that judging by what we know about her so far, she seems to be a typical mindless neo-con drone. She has not expressed a single original position yet. In fact, she has not done anything yet except give the same speech over and over again, and cheerlead for McCain. Perhaps, this is her role in the campaign. What is clear is that the Republican base already adores her, because she is one of them, but what happens to Palin when her far right views become more known?
As new polls are being released every day, it is clear that the media overestimated her impact on the race. Obama had a small lead before she came on the scene, and now it is tied. Unless she performs well at the VP debate next month, I think that she will fade away. Chafee is correct in saying that Palin has energized the left. I had the feeling that the left was sleepwalking because they were under the assumption that Obama was going to cruise to victory. The recent McCain bounce woke them up, and now they realize that they have a fight on their hands.