Since John McCain’s announcement that his running mate would be Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, blogs have been buzzing about this little-known leader of the 49th state. According to Nielsen Online’s BuzzMetrics service, the Aug 29th event sent chatter about Palin well beyond that for her Democratic rival Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, whose announcement on August 22, impacted slightly more than 1.75% of all blog posts, compared with Palin’s peak above 2.25%. Even the impending Gulf Coast landfall of Hurricane Gustav on the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina was overshadowed on the blogs by the surprise VP pick of Palin.
On September 3, Palin will speak before the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. While her blog buzz continues to dominate Biden’s, TV ratings for her speech will be analyzed tomorrow against night three viewership of the Democratic National Convention when both Senator Biden and former President Clinton spoke.