A bit more info on Sarah Palin, the woman who would stand a 73 year old hearbeat away from the presidency were McCain, a guy with a history of cancer, elected:
Palin won the governor's office in Alaska with 115,000 votes. She served two terms on the Wasila city council in the 1990s and was elected mayor in 1999. She is a native of Idaho, and her family moved to Alaska when she was an infant.
She is a hunter, lifelong NRA member, snowmobiler and staunch conservative. She is said to favor mooseburgers.
Like Obama, Palin played high school basketball - captain of the Wasilla Warriors. Unlike Obama, she has been a beauty queen -- she placed second in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant in 1984.
Unlike McCain, who says he's never won any awards for "Mr. Congeniality'' in the Senate, she was "Miss Congeniality.''
Unlike Obama, her college education ended at the University of Idaho, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.
Obama is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Her husband Todd, is a native Eskimo and works in commercial fishing and oil drilling on the North Slope of Alaska -- a Steelworkers' Union member and snowmobile racer. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary today.
Their firstborn son, Track, joined the Army last year and is bound for Iraq in the infantry this fall -- "He'll be following the presidential camapign from afar,'' Sarah Palin said in her appearance with McCain in Ohio today, with Palin citing her pride in him and "all of the men and women serving.''
They have three daughters, seven through 17, and earlier this year, Sarah Palin gave birth to their second son, born with Down syndrome.
Her youngest child's plight underscores Palin's commitment to the "pro-life'' cause which McCain has pledged to make a central concern of his administration. She was not dissuaded by prenatal testing of the child and has said of him: "I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection.... Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?''
In the world of politics, what's a perfect vice presidential pick? Is it the pick that Obama made: Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and decades of experience in Congress? Or is it Palin, ex-mayor of Wasilla?
And in the debate that McCain will wage with Obama this fall, the question of Obama's "preparedness'' for the presidency will have to be addressed with a certain recognition that McCain has tapped someone who might have to stand in as president who carries a lack of national credentials unseen in a long time.
When Obama was looking at Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia as a possible running mate, Karl Rove, the "architect" of President Bush's election campaigns, dismissed his experience - a governor for three years and ex-mayor of 103rd largest Richmond.
We're not sure where Wasilla (Pop. 5,550) ranks.
But Palin runs the Alaska National Guard.
For comparison, according to the 2007 census, the town of SILVIS has 2,272 more residents than Wasilla, Alaska. A better idea of the size of the town Palin served as Mayor only two years ago would be the village of Colona, which has only a couple hundred fewer residents than Wasilla.
Well, you know what they say, "If you can run Wasilla, AK, within a couple years you can run the United States." Well, actually, I guess they don't say that. Because it would be absolutely insane.
Personally, I think she should be disqualified for no other reason than she actually named her son "Track". (Well, she has admitted smoking dope up there when it was legal.) Does she have a daughter named "Field"? Or maybe another named "Stream"?
They could be Track and Field, or Field and Stream. Just sayin'.