Did Palin's Speech Rally Democrats, Too?

By all accounts, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's address before the Republican Convention Wednesday night went over swimmingly with the Republicans' conservative base. But it appears to have had a similar effect on the Democratic side.

CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic reports that the Obama campaign confirms it has raised over $8 million since Palin's speech last night and is aiming to break $10 million by the end of the night.

Early on Thursday morning, Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe sent an email to supporters urging donations of $250 or more to "clarify" to Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin that "community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies." Both Giuliani and Palin mocked Obama's post-collegiate stint as a community organizer in Chicago during their speeches to the RNC.

Thursday afternoon, A Republican official told CBS News that the Republican National Committee had raised "well over $1 million" since the speech. McCain's campaign is no longer able to raise money directly, since the Arizona senator chose to accept public funds.
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    Scott Conroy is a National Political Reporter for RealClearPolitics and a contributor for CBS News.

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