She is the Governor of Alaska, she hunts, fishes, eats moose burgers, and could be the Vice President of the United States.
John McCain actually shows his reformer side by choosing a "non-typical" running mate. Palin, a woman, is highly respected. She is 44, a mother of 5, including a child with downs syndrome, and pro-life. It's an interesting pick for several reasons.
Despite McCain's criticism of Barack Obama for his purported inexperience, he has picked a VP candidate who is younger than Obama. She has two years experience as Governor, and before that was mayor of a small town called Wasilla. If McCain is elected, she could be the leader of the free world, taking on terrorists, and navigating the perpetual swampland of Arab-Israeli and Mid East conflicts.
Lately some Hillary supporters had made it known that they will support McCain, and now with a woman VP candidate, it may be more enticing for women voters to choose the McCain ticket. On the other hand she is very much against abortion, and that side won't go over with many women who supported Hillary because of her pro-abortion stance.
Sarah Palin will probably be the most searched internet name in the next week. She will no doubt have her background scrutinized like a lab expert examines DNA. One story so far puts her in a curious situation. "Currently a legislative investigation is looking into allegations that Palin fired Alaska's public safety commissioner because he refused to fire the governor's former brother-in-law, a state trooper. (CNN)"
She also supports drilling for oil in the Arctic national wildlife refuge area.
Finally, if Hillary was ticked at Obama for not picking her as Vice President candidate, imagine how wierd it would be for a virtual unknown woman to be the first female Vice President. Could this impact how strongly Hillary campaigns for Obama over the next several months?
If you thought that Obama's Presidential coronation was a given, given the last eight years of Bush's mess, then this choice for McCain refreshingly breathes youth, life and curiousity into what could very well have been a traditional old white boys team. This election campaign just got very interesting to watch once again.