Despite criticism from several quarters, the Sarah Palin pick is being received very well by core Republicans.
Palin, say conservative activists, has instantly changed how they feel about [John] McCainâ€™s campaign and spurred them to go to work for the Republican ticket.
First, though, theyâ€™re expressing their newfound fondness for McCain with their checkbooks. Since tapping Palin, the campaign has raised nearly $7 million online, according to McCain aides.
Most importantly for McCain, the two constituencies who are most energized by Palin just happen to be the twin grassroots pillars of the GOP: anti-abortion activists and pro-Second Amendment enthusiasts and sportsmen.
Palin is a staunch pro-lifer and a lifelong NRA member. Which means McCain can packaged his VP selection in two different ways. To the independents he can say: sheâ€™s a reformer whoâ€™ll bring real change to Washington. To the conservative base he can say: sheâ€™s a solid conservative who changes nothing about the Republican party.
Clearly the selection is getting reluctant social conservatives to jump on board. In the next two months weâ€™ll see if Palin can ingratiate herself to moderates as well.