I don't know much about Sarah Palin (I don't think anyone does, outside of Alaska), except that she's young, attractive, female and conservative. McCain obviously chose her to try to attract young and female voters, and to make his conservative base happy. Maybe he thinks that the women who would have voted for Hillary will now vote for him instead of Obama. If so, then I think that he's made a simplistic assumption. Hillary's supporters are still much more likely to go for Obama than to switch party loyalties simply because McCain has put a woman on the ticket.
As for me, I wish that he had chosen a VP candidate with some sort of track record on foreign relations. The next President will have to expend considerable energy repairing America's image in the world, which was badly damaged by the policies of Idiot-In-Chief George W. Bush. In the event that the VP has to ascend to the Presidency, I would feel better knowing that she is up to the task.
Sarah Palin may have the ability to be a wonderful leader- I really don't know. What I do know is that Hillary Clinton has already proven herself to be smart, capable, incredibly hardworking, and inspiring to millions of people. She's not perfect, God knows, but I think that she is one of the best and the brightest among America's political leaders. Sarah Palin may, in time, prove to be her equal. But for now, McCain's choice is no substitute for the real thing.
Note: I am aware that many people in the Jewish community loathe Hillary Clinton intensely. You are entitled to your opinion, and I am entitled to mine. I would prefer not to get slammed in the comments, or exiled from the J-blogosphere simply because my political opinion may differ from yours. I would love to hear your comments, but please be civil, as I always try to be when I visit your blogs.Thank you.