The Washington Times - September 4, 2008, 03:16PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. I watched the convention speeches last night with a Missouri voter who backed John McCain in the 2000 Republican primary against George Bush but now supports Barack Obama.

 

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This voter helped Obama carve out a narrow “Show Me State” primary win on Super Tuesday, and plans to choose Obama again this fall, making this voter a key battleground-state demographic.

 

I know one other man with the exact same voting record, and I’ve long been curious if they are outliers or perhaps a true microtrend.

 

So if you’re a Republican who voted for McCain eight years ago but now support Obama, pleaselet me know.

 

Back to last night.

 

Democrats were unimpressed and say VP nominee Sarah Palin was more pitbull than substance, though most agree Sen. Joe Biden will need to tread carefully during their debate.

 

But as has been said over and over again today, Republicans loved Palin, dubbed “Wonder Woman” by Drudge.

 

“Wow. Wow. Oh, and Wow,” a true swing voter who was strongly considering Obama wrote me earlier today. “She’s a star. No doubt. Wait until you see McCain tonight. He will stink. She, like Obama, is a star when the lights are on… . Reports of the GOP’s death are greatly exaggerated.”

 

“Sarah Palin knocked me off my feet last night,” another Republican-turned-Obama-considerer gushed. “I thought she was smart, engaging and tough.”

 

The Palin red-meat speech, delivered with a stunning smile, re-energized the base against the media and reunited any disaffected GOPers for the McCain-Palin ticket.

 

So Team Obama is pushing hard on its Republicans for Obama effort.

 

Here’s a Virginia-specific video, but the campaign has hosted Republicans for Obama events from Missouri to Florida in recent days. Expect to hear more of this in the coming days, along with (blind speculation alert) an endorsement from a certain former top Republican Cabinet official.

 

“The Republicans are going to stay and do the same old same old,” one voter states in the video, which has a bit of an Iraq focus:

 

 

 

Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times

 

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