It’s obvious that the GOP found The Nasty right where they left it. What’s less clear is what the effect Palin’s speech will be. My sense is that the McCain campaign designed it to shore up the core of a party in serious danger of fracturing. If the delegates in the venue are any indication, she succeeded in that.
With respect to the wider campaign, almost all of the attacks were old ones, and they didn’t really stick before, so I’ll be curious to see if there are any further reaching effects.
Finally, if McCain follows this with a reprise of his infamous Green Screen performance from a few weeks ago, the campaign dynamic might turn into a weird Obama versus Palin contest, with McCain as figurehead.