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Sarah Palin??

It's being reported that John McCain has selected Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate.

Is this the 2008 equivilent to George Bush's 1988 selection of Dan Quayle?? (I hate to say it, but it seems that McCain clearly picked her for her gender, and not for her qualifications.)

One thing is for sure: no one outside of Alaska knows anything about her. What's interesting to me is that McCain and the Republicans claim that Obama isn't ready to lead; Palin apparently has even less political experience than Obama, and certainly less political experience on a national level.

Oh, according to wikipedia, she "was the 1984 runner-up in the Miss Alaska pageant." So at least she's cute.

When I first heard that "Palin" had been selected, I was hoping it was Michael Palin (Monty Python). If McCain had selected Michael Palin, I certainly would have switched my vote.


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