It will be interesting to see how many people tune in to see Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech tonight. Here is a frame of reference: around 38 million saw Barack Obama’s acceptance speech last Thursday; in 2004, President Bush’s acceptance speech drew 27.5 million, while 24.4 million saw Kerry’s; 26 million watched Hillary Clinton on the second night of this years Democratic convention, while 21.5 million saw Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman last night.
With interest in Sarah Palin sky-high, I’d guess that the audience tonight could exceed all of those numbers except Obama’s 38 million. If so, it’s a great thing for the GOP.
Notwithstanding the slime campaign against Governor Palin, the large majority of Americans want to see for themselves who she is and what she has to say. If she performs as expected, most of them will be impressed.
UPDATE: I’ll be on-air with PJTV from 8 to 9, unless the schedule changes. Then I’ll live-blog Governor Palin’s acceptance speech. Meanwhile, the fun continues. Several of the early speakers were excellent; Carly Fiorina is talking now. The crowd is excited, but everything before Palin–including Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani–is prelude:
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