There's only one story here in St. Paul, and that's Sen. McCain's vice presidential pick, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
While the delegates and GOP leaders are clearly staying on message about the surprising pick, there's much speculation happening in the halls beyond the Xcel Center floor. Does the resounding chorus of excitement inside the Xcel Center extend beyond the convention? How is the Palin pick playing in communities across the U.S.?
Patchwork Nation's Dante Chinni reports that he's seeing a change in the communities the project covers and how they feel about the GOP pick.
"I'm seeing real polarization in our places from Palin. People are falling into their traditional voting patterns -- defending or detracting. That said the "battleground" community types -- Monied Burbs and Service Workers in particular -- are confused and don't seem to understand the pick.
Chinni added that "One of my folks in Los Alamos thinks that Sarah has actually united Hillary supporters somewhat ... behind Obama."
Back in St. Paul, women leaders from the business world and the Republican party challenged that notion, likening Palin to Clinton and slamming the media for their "sexist" portrayal of Palin.
"Clinton highly tuned women's ears to objectionable, sexist attacks," Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and McCain adviser Carly Fiorina said. And ex-Mass. Governor Jane Swift had strong words for the media, calling the Palin coverage an "outrageous smear campaign."
Will Palin's speech to the convention create an image for her beyond the brief glimpse we got last weekend and update the image that party representatives and the media have created ahead of time?