By the way, many have written about the possibility of Sarah Barracuda* becoming CinC if McCain kicks the bucket during his term....but Camille Paglia apparently thinks
"We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling. That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails."
Sigh! With the realization over the last couple days that the Republicans have likely found someone to counter Obama's "celebrity" status comes a sinking feeling that McCain-Palin may actually win in November. Like Tracey Barnett wrote:
In one fell swoop, the Evangelical, religious right are whisked back into the fold. Palin's candidacy giving them the conservative anchor that McCain hadn't yet been able to hold down.
The Republican convention not only gets fresh adrenaline injected into the campaign, but also now has God on its side.
Ultimately, in a wildly diverse country like America, US elections are about broadening one's base. If you measure what a vice-presidential candidate can bring to the office, Biden trounces Palin. But if you measure what that candidate is bringing into the polling booth, McCain's choice has the potential to be a strategic stunner.
* I first thought that Sarah Barracuda was a moniker that one of the leftist blogs that have been going after her came up with... but apparently:
To Alaskans – both allies and adversaries – Sarah Palin, 44, is known as "Sarah Barracuda," a nickname that goes back to her days as an aggressive basketball player. Noted the Anchorage Daily News in an Oct. 23, 2006 profile: "Supporters consider the name a testament to her aggressive play and ferocious defense. But opponents said the name capture a predatory instinct that Palin could turn on friend as well as foe."