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Telegenic Conservative (and Sportscaster) Sarah Palin

What are you going to be doing in 20 years? Perhaps you'll be nominated VP to a major political party ticket.

In 1988, Sarah Palin was just a sportscaster for a local Alaska network affiliate. And now, she somehow claims to have more "experience" than Barack Obama. Of course she does have five kids to Obama's two, but I don't think that's the kind of experience she's claiming.

However, at the 40 second mark of this clip, she does utter the phrase "beaver roundup."


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