PALIN RIVALED OBAMA IN TV VIEWERS: “Barack Obama apparently isn’t the only ‘rock star’ in presidential politics this year. After days of intense media coverage about Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s qualifications, more than 40 million Americans tuned in Wednesday to see for themselves what they thought of her. . . . Nearly 2 million more women were watching Palin than men, Nielsen said. Viewers were far more interested in Palin than Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden. Biden’s speech to Democrats last week was seen by an estimated 24 million people.” All the media attacks mostly just built up the audience.