The following is from Reuters for Oct. 8, 2008. SMU Political Scientists Cal Jillson provided expertise for this story.
October 8, 2008
By Ed Stoddard
DALLAS (Reuters) - Republican evangelicals are not the only political base vice presidential pick Sarah Palin is energizing.
Democratic foot soldiers have sprung into action in response to John McCain's running-mate's personal attacks on their candidate, Barack Obama, her opposition to abortion rights and her endorsement from religious conservatives. . .
Palin's impact on the left was seen almost immediately after her rousing speech last month at the Republican National Convention, when Obama's campaign reported the next day that over $8 million had poured into it from over 130,000 donors. . .
"Her attacks will make liberals see red," added political scientist Cal Jillson of Southern Methodist University. . .
"Sarah Palin has energized the Republican base in unexpected ways and there is always countermobilization to a successful mobilization," said Jillson.
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