Its strange the effect your political opponents can have on your own team.
With the surprise choice of Sarah Palin, the Obama camp received more than $10 million in just 24 hours.
The money has flooded in throughout the month of August and beyond when reports of Palin’s attempts to ban books, her pro-creationism, her environmental record, her lack of experience, her ties with the Alaskan Independence Party and worries about her foreign policy attitude all made headlines.
It means the Democrats are seriously worried about the chances of a McCain – Palin victory, and given the age of McCain (as Frankie Boyle remarked he could be assassinated just by someone bursting a paper bag nearby!) it means a Palin Presidency would be likely.
A truly scary thought for Democrats!
This made August the best month for Barack Obama’s fundraising ever.
Back in Scotland, Iain Gray, the new Labour MSP leader has just picked his new shadow cabinet.
Its doubtful whether the SNP will be worried at all.
Outwith the coming Glenrothes by-election campaign, I don’t think the SNP coffers will similarly see a spectacular rise in donations.