elected governor of Alaska in 2006
43 year old mother of five
lives on a lake
ice fishes, snowmobiles, hunts,
has a float plane
husband works for BP on the North Slope
[strong] conservative ... in 2007 vetoed 13 percent of the state's proposed budget for capital projects
a politician of eye-popping integrity
promised: to end corruption in state government, cut spending, and provide accountability.
[took] on the Republican establishment ...lodging .. ethics complaint[s]
crushed the Republican hierarchy (virtually all male) and nearly every other foe or critic
One of her first acts as governor was to fire the Alaska Board of Agriculture
most popular governor in America
most popular public official in any state
unabashedly pro life
as star of her high school basketball team she got the nickname "Sarah Barracuda"
describes herself as "pro-business and pro-development."
In her selection speech in Dayton, noting that today was near the 88th anniversary of women winning the vote in America, Palin praised Democrats Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton as current examples of women’s progress and encouraged “Hillary’s 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” to vote Republican.
Great pick John! She looks and sounds like a winner.
Sarah Palin on Glenn Beck
Update: Mark Steyn comes out of his hiatus to comment on Palin's appointment. Not surprisingly, he likes her.