The Obama-Biden rally was the largest rally for a presidential candidate in Alaskan history. There were similar rallies held all across Alaska, with hundreds in attendence in Fairbanks, on the Kenai Penninsula, and even in Juneau! In a state where it can be politically risky to "out" yourself as a progressive-sympathizer, a Palin opponent, or…(gulp)…an Obama "operative" as the McCain campaign is fond of calling anyone with a sign, this was incredible. It was, I would argue, the biggest political news of the day.
Alaskans know Sarah Palin, and they just voted with their feet, and their Saturday afternoon. Where did they go? 4 to 1 they went to the Obama rally. Now, don't get me wrong, McCain and Palin may still win this state. She's got the "home team right or wrong" vote, she's got the "Alaska will get more stuff" vote, she's got the "underinformed voter" vote, and she's got the extreme Evangelical vote. But she does not have the enthusiastic, engaged, willing to turn out, get off the couch, and do something vote. And those are usually the people that actually make a difference.
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