Real Clear Politics:
Devoted Volunteers Build Foundation for Palin in Iowa
PELLA, Iowa — Last December, Michelle McCormick penned a letter to Sarah Palin, addressed it to her political action committee, and dropped it in the mail.
An unassuming 28-year-old north Texan who works in the oil and gas industry, McCormick had experienced a family crisis similar to the one that had befallen Palin’s family when the former Alaska governor’s daughter Bristol became pregnant in 2008. McCormick wanted to let Palin know that how the vice presidential candidate handled the situation while in the national spotlight helped guide McCormick through her own family difficulties.
McCormick didn’t harbor much hope that she would get a response, but about three weeks later she received a personal reply from Palin.
Six months later, McCormick now spends every weekend (and an increasing number of weekdays) in the nation’s first voting state of Iowa attending GOP Central Committee meetings, collecting names of activists in counties across the state, and doing other volunteer organizing in advance of a Palin presidential campaign that she considers inevitable.
“If she was willing to take the time to respond to somebody who is a nobody in Texas, that just shows me what kind of heart she has,” McCormick told RCP. “She’s a very high-profile individual, and she’s got a lot of people making demands on her, and I thought this is someone I really want to help get into the White House.”
McCormick is one of the more devoted members of a dedicated nationwide group called Organize4Palin, in which an all-volunteer effort is setting the groundwork for a Palin presidential launch that its members believe is only a matter of time.
Although Organize4Palin purports to have active chapters in over 30 states, the backbone of its operation is in Iowa, where Palin would likely have to win the caucuses in order to remain a viable candidate, if she were to enter the race.
This is why I think Sarah Palin has an excellent chance of winning the Republican nomination. She has a secret army of dedicated supporters.
Unlike the Cult of Obama these people were not sent to camps for indoctrination. Obama spent a good chunk of the $99 million he raised in 2007 creating “Obama For America” which was supposedly a grassroots movement. It was astroturf.
Organize4Palin is the real deal. Whenever Sarah makes a public appearance her supporters come out in droves to see her. They waited in line for hours in freezing weather to get autographed copies of her book.
Back in 2008 she drew big crowds wherever she went – she was not only outdrawing McCain but some people think she was outdrawing Obama too! And she didn’t need to hire rock bands or give away free beer and bratwurst to do it.
Whenever you see a poll saying nobody wants her to run or nobody thinks she can win you can be sure of one thing – those pollsters aren’t asking the right people.
If (when) she declares her candidacy just watch how fast her supporters organize to help her win. Watch how fast the money rolls in. She will have the most motivated supporters of any GOP candidate. Right now they are just sitting back and waiting for her to give the word.
Does that scare anyone?
Oh, you betcha!
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