And uncountable legions of 18-35 year old males who have a thing for that librarian look. Something to which your correspondent hisself is not entirely immune. (Pic updated.)
But seriously: History is being made indeed. As a flanking move against dyspeptic and disaffected PUMAs, this choice has a certain tactical charm. A staunch pro-lifer, the Palin choice shores up McCain’s crumbling flanks among evangelicals and others for whom the pro-life plank is non-negotiable. The latter may to a degree offset the former.
Palin is a fresh-faced reformer who is not in the pocket of the good ol’ boy GOP pork barrel network in Alaska – an arrow in the McCain quiver if he follows Carl Rove’s advice and runs against Congress in the fall. Her youth might offset his superannuation better if it didn’t also stand in such stark contrast to it: Assuming a victory in the fall for the 72 year old GOP presidential candidate, the actuarial table admits the not inconsequential possibility of swearing in our first female president sometime in the next four years.
All we need now is a surprise attack from the Cylon battle fleet, and life will imitate art.
Update: Ten things you didn’t know about Sarah Palin, courtesy of US News and World Report. Solid evidence that her pro-life stance is more than just a political pose among them, as is her lifelong membership in the NRA and love of hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.
So, yeah: I’m crushing.
Update 2: I can’t wait to watch Olbermann impale himself on this. He can’t help himself.
Update 3: More executive experience than any of the other three candidates in the game. Which, when you think about it, is more of an indictment on them as inside the beltway senators than adulation for her as a two-years’ governor on the outer arc. The Democrats will attack her on her lack of experience generally and foreign policy in particular – a thing which out to rebound against their man, since he doesn’t have much either and is running for flight lead, rather than dash two.
Did I mention the bit about rifles?