Since Friday morning, I’ve been hearing anecdotal evidence that Sarah Palin was helping John McCain’s campaign. Now I have a way of measuring it. Here’s what a Zogby International poll found:

The interactive online Zogby survey shows that both Obama and McCain have solidified the support among their own parties; Obama won 86% support of Democrats and McCain 89% of Republicans in a two-way head-to-head poll question not including the running mates. When Biden and Palin are added to the mix, Obama’s Democratic support remains at 86%, while McCain’s increases to 92%.

This is proof that conservatives love the pick, as well they should. Having 92% of the conservatives supporting McCain is nothing short of spectacular. That’s approaching Bush-Cheney 04 levels.

I’ve been suspicious of Zogby International’s polling so I sought other forms of confirmation. It didn’t take long to find it. Consider this David Brody post for CBN:

For the most part, social conservatives and the Evangelical base are now about to come fully on board. Obama’s enthusiasm gap has narrowed considerably. Anytime you have motivated Evangelicals behind you it means your candidate is in a good spot. Watch for pro-family organizations and the McCain team to now start working together to get out the vote. This CAN NOT be emphasized enough.

Working at CBN gives Mr. Brody a pretty good grasp of what evangelical Christians are thinking. Couple McCain’s pick with his performance at Saddleback and there’s tons of reasons why evangelical Christians are jumping on board.

That isn’t the only proof of evangelicals coming on board. Here’s an exchange between James Dobson and Alan Colmes:

COLMES: So does this mean you’re now going to vote based on the bottom of the ticket, but not based on the top of the ticket?

DOBSON: No, I’ll vote for the ticket, I, or at least that is what I believe and what I feel. I did say in the beginning I could not vote for John McCain. I meant it and I had some very serious concerns about his candidacy, but it’s been a long campaign, and a lot of things have changed, and I have steadily moved in his direction when you look at the alternatives and what’s at stake. I feel a whole lot better, especially after today.

COLMES: Dr. Dobson, you said, “I’m convinced John McCain is not a conservative.” Has John McCain changed and become a conservative? Or have you changed and accepted somebody who’s not a conservative?

DOBSON: Well, a whole lot changed when I heard the debate with Barack Obama at Saddleback. I thought Senator McCain did an outstanding job. He said things that I believe, some things that I hadn’t heard him say, some things that sounded like a conviction to me.

And that began moving me in his direction, and then, of course, this choice of Governor Palin. I tell you, that was one of the most exciting moments of the political season.

I was in, I was in a conference this morning with about 300 conservatives, Alan, and they put her acceptance speech, not acceptance, but her response to Senator McCain up on the screen, and it was CNN, and I’m telling you, I’ve not seen that kind of electricity in a long time.

Dr. Dobson gives several legitimate reasons why he’s changed his mind. Obviously, evangelical Christians are thrilled to have Sarah Palin on the ticket. Her story of giving birth to a baby that she knew would have Down Syndrome is the ultimate pro-life testimonial.

There’s other proof that conservatives are getting engaged. Here’s another tidbit of proof:

Sen. John McCain has taken in $7 million in contributions since announcing Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, a top campaign aide said today.

The money bounce may owe to Palin’s appeal with conservative donors, many of whom said privately they had planned on sitting out the campaign this year. The money comes in just under the wire, after McCain accepts the GOP nomination Thursday, he will accept public funds and no longer be permitted to raise private money for the campaign.

That will not, however, stop McCain and Palin from raising money for the Republican National Committee. In coming weeks, McCain will host four megafundraising events in major cities aimed at bolstering the accounts of the party. Palin, meanwhile, will be sent out to headline more than a dozen fundraising events for the RNC.

It’s said that several big money fundraisers had initially planned on not putting alot of effort into this year’s election. That changed the instant Gov. Palin was named as Sen. McCain’s running mate. Raising $7 million in 20-something hours is impressive, to say the least.

A couple months back, Rush was talking about the various Republican ‘alphabet organizations’ not doing well on the fundraising front. His opinion was pretty straightforward: The minute Republicans start acting like Republicans is the minute the fundraising floodgates will open wide. I’d say that he’s been proven right again.

Saturday morning, I got responses from members of the House GOP leadership on what they think of the Palin pick. It was positive to say the least.

Here’s Jonathan Martin’s report on Palin Power:

Speaking about GOP grass roots on fire, here in Cuyahoga County we have four victory centers, and in mine alone in the all-important city of Parma, I had 47 calls between 12:30 and 2 p.m. yesterday, all asking how they could volunteer and how they could get a yard sign, a ton of independent women.

Here’s another report in Martin’s post:

Today in Waukesha we had a woman come in who was volunteering for the first time. She told me that she heard that Sarah Palin was McCain’s choice for VP, and that she could immediately relate to her. Like Gov. Palin, our volunteer is also a mother of five, and is also a “hockey mom.” She told me that she was sitting at her table (which she said also serves as her office), and that she realized that Gov. Palin’s urging others to “get involved” was meant for her. She told me that she heard that and immediately drove to our headquarters. She stayed for over two hours making phone calls, and said that she will be back every week from now until Election Day.

This is additional proof that Republicans are sufficiently energized about this fall’s campaign.

These reports are proof to me that the VandeHei-Harris article is worthless. That report is junk journalism. (That’s being charitable.) Check out this series of reports from Jonathan Martin’s report of people volunteering:

From Alleghany County, Pennsylvania:

Phones at the Alleghany County Republican Party Headquarters have been ringing off the hook with female Democrats asking how they can get involved.

From Fredericksburg, Virginia:

Two women contacted me about volunteering because they were extremely excited about Governor Palin being announced as Senator McCain’s running mate. The people who had previously been involved prior to the announcement also seem to be energized by the selection.

From Tallahassee, Florida:

We have seen a significant increase in phone calls and emails to Tallahassee asking to volunteer. Victory offices across the state say that they have also had an increase in walk-in traffic and phone calls. Almost all are women excited about the selection and ready to help.

From South Florida:

The campaign has received calls from Jewish women in South Florida that were Hillary supporters who now want to make volunteer phone calls for us.

From Brevard County, Florida

Several former Hillary supporters came in to our office and asked to volunteer to make calls to Democratic women. In fact, they took a McCain bumper sticker and put it on their car right next to their Hillary sticker.

From Iowa

All of our offices had substantially more traffic with activists coming in to find out how they could help, and where they could get their McCain/Palin signs.

From Washington County, Oregon

A Beaverton couple just came into our office who returned from attending the convention in Denver today. They are both lifelong Democrats and Hillary supporters/volunteers who are now strongly supporting John McCain. They LOVE the VP pick Sarah Palin and offered to join any coalition that would be help

From Northern Virginia

A woman with two kids showed up right after the announcement cheering and saying it brought tears to her eyes to hear that Sarah Palin was announced as McCain’s running mate.

From Richmond, Virginia

A woman called up from Chesterfield who was a Hillary supporter and identified herself as a registered Democrat. She now supports McCain and was very energized by his picking Palin. She wants to win this thing badly and wanted to know how she could get involved in outreach to minority communities in the region to get the word out that McCain-Palin is THE only way ahead for America and that electing Obama would be a huge mistake.

From Waukesha County, Wisconsin

Today in Waukesha we had a woman come in who was volunteering for the first time. She told me that she heard that Sarah Palin was McCain’s choice for VP, and that she could immediately relate to her. Like Gov. Palin, our volunteer is also a mother of five, and is also a “hockey mom.” She told me that she was sitting at her table (which she said also serves as her office), and that she realized that Gov. Palin’s urging others to “get involved” was meant for her. She told me that she heard that and immediately drove to our headquarters. She stayed for over two hours making phone calls, and said that she will be back every week from now until Election Day.

From Kenosha County, Wisconsin

Emails and phone calls requesting “gear” have increased significantly today. Volunteers and the general public have been seeking out McCain/Palin yard signs and bumper stickers like they were Hannah Montana tickets. This has provided us a good opportunity to reach out to these individuals and get them involved, invested, and active. All responses to the VP pick have been positive. Gov. Palin’s speech this morning really resonated with people, and they are excited to learn more about her in the coming weeks.”

From North Carolina

A very nice lady called, requested a Democrat for McCain sticker, and told me she had been undecided but was going to vote for McCain now. That echoes the sentiment I have heard all day. I haven’t had a single person complain about the choice. The sheer volume of calls and walk-ins (mostly women) nearly doubled today.

Jonathan Martin is a liberal but, for the most part, he’s had a history of being fair in his reporting of the race. His reporting of this multitude of stories of people volunteering, many of them Democrats and Hillary supporters, tells me that the enthusiasm gap has all but disappeared.

If Gov. Palin delivers a great speech Wednesday night, which I think she will because she speaks from the heart, the McCain-Palin ticket will get a substantial post-convention bounce.

Here’s something worth considering from Zogby’s poll:

Does the selection of Sarah Palin help or hurt John McCain’s chances of winning the presidential election in November?

Overall, 52% said the selection of Palin as the GOP vice presidential nominee helps the Republican ticket, compared to 29% who said it hurt. Another 10% said it made no difference, while 10% were unsure.

By comparison, here’s what polling showed about Biden’s selection meant to the Obama ticket:

Zogby Poll One Week Ago: Does Biden Help or Hurt Obama?

43% said it’d help, 22% said it’d hurt, 26% said it wouldn’t make a difference, with 9% not being sure.

Let’s summarize things. Here’s what we know:

1) The polling shows that McCain’s support with Republicans is reaching Bush-Cheney 04 levels.
2) Fundraising skyrocketed the instant Gov. Palin was announced as Sen. McCain’s running mate.
3) Swarms of people are flooding victory offices across the nation asking to volunteer. (It’s gotta be troubling to Obama that Florida and Virginia are two of the states where enthusiam for Gov. Palin is running highest.)
4) Evangelical leaders like Dr. Dobson and CBN are jumping onboard with abandon.
5) Finally, let’s not underestimate the value Gov. Palin brings to the ticket in terms of pressing the energy issue. That alone will put Democrats on the defensive on the biggest domestic issue of this election.

The implications of these reports are potentially huge. It’s entirely possible that the GOP GOTV operation will be fully staffed and quite muscular within a short period of time.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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