Some reactions to Sarah Palin for VP.
First, I have to say that my dad suggested that McCain would pick Palin over a month ago. I thought he was nuts.
Second, this choice clearly succeeded in changing the political conversation from being about Obama’s speech.
Third, I don’t know if it will make any difference to the election. In general, very few people vote based on the VP choice. It will make the Christian right more eager to get up on a wet November morning, but might scare some folks on the fence who worry that McCain’s VP might actually wind up in the Oval Office in the next four years. It might win some Hillary voters, but will piss off others who see it as meaning that McCain thinks they’re stupid (or that she’s a younger and less qualified woman getting what they fought for).
Fourth, I don’t think she’s qualified to be President. But I’m not sure she’s that much less qualified than, say, Mitt Romney. He was Governor of Massachusetts for 4 years; she’s been Governor of Alaska for 2 years. He’s got more business experience; she’s got more local government experience. And even the people who like Romney’s politics think he’s plastic, while by all accounts she’s quite real and is very popular in her state.