Yikes! After Barack Obama's safe and predictable pick of Joe Biden, everyone's been expecting John McCain to do the same with Mitt Romney or Tim Whatshisname. Give the old man credit for being bold and unpredictable:
Two senior campaign officials disclosed Mccain's decision a few hours before the Republican presidential nominee-to-be and his newly-minted running mate appeared at a rally in swing-state.
Palin is a self-styled hockey mom and political reformer who has been governor of her state less than two years.
Palin's selection shocked numerous Republican officials.
Shocked? I guess. Don't know how much this changes my thinking about the election, but at least he picked someone who can reinforce his most libertarian insticnts instead of his most maverick (i,e., liberal) ones. Now, let's hear more about that ethics complaint she's being investigated for.
UPDATE: Here's some stuff on her from Wikipedia, including:
The Heaths were avid outdoors enthusiasts; Sarah and her father would sometimes wake at 3 a.m. to hunt moose before school, and the family would regularly run 5k and 10k races.