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Who does the GOP need more — experts or voters?
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Weeks before any of the Republican experts endorsed Obama, I declared that McCain was doomed to defeat by his support of the $700 billion bailout. As of Thursday, however, Gallup showed the Republicans trailing by a slender three points and the faithful were still praying for an Election Day miracle.
The experts don’t believe in miracles, but they do believe in polls, and they were no doubt struck dumb Thursday when an NBC poll showed Obama’s lead in Pennsylvania to be exactly equal to the survey’s 4-point margin of error.
If somehow Team Maverick pulls off a historic upset, those thousands who turned out to see Palin in Pennsylvania will be a big part of that history. Win or lose, the future of the Republican Party depends on generating the kind of excitement among ordinary Americans that Palin has produced ever since her name first flashed on the Drudge Report in late August.
The Republican Party won’t notice the defection of a few experts in Washington, but the GOP can’t exist without all those people who love Sarah Palin in Pennsylvania and Ohio and Florida. Republicans would be wise to pay more attention to the people, and less to the experts.