"She's one of us!"
That's the comment most frequently heard from folks who have become acquainted with John McCain's running mate.
Of course, readers of this blog were introduced to Gov. Palin six months ago: http://ragdujour.blogspot.com/2008/03/mccains-vp-choice-could-be-easy-and.html
and I knew once Sen. Joseph Biden joined the Democratic ticket that it would be necessary for McCain to do something dynamic. He did.
The left-wingers and their allies in the news media were caught off-guard because, quite frankly, they weren't up to admitting their own ignorance about Gov. Palin and Alaska.
Had they done their research, they'd have found that Sarah Palin was "vetted" when she upended the Republican establishment to get elected Alaska's governor -- including claims about lack of experience: http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2008/09/07/opinion/columnists/doc48bcf03a0e877323781165.txt.
Further, the lack of knowledge about Alaska's strategic and economic importance is mind boggling. This isn't Vermont, folks. Despite the low population density, Alaska is one of this nation's most important states in terms of energy, natural resources and military preparedness. While some may scoff at Gov. Palin's titular command of the Alaska National Guard, military historians know that the native Alaska Territorial Guard whose unpaid members ranged in age between 12 and 80 was the first line of defense against the Japanese. It wasn't until 2000 that Congress gave retroactive status and benefits to these brave volunteers (including 27 women).
Had the media stars done their homework they would have known about The Last Frontier. They would have known Alaskans are highly educated, well-read and debate foreign policy on their own. They would have talked about Horicon, Wisconsin native Fran Ulmer -- a University of Wisconsin Law School graduate -- who went on to become Alaska's lieutenant governor and an unsuccessful Democratic party candidate for Governor in 2002. And yes, Fran was a mayor, too (Juneau, Alaska).
Sarah Palin's inclusion on the McCain ticket means this will be anything from a boring election. It will also educate the rest of the nation about Alaska's importance. Regardless of the outcome of the election in November, the nation will have benefitted from McCain's bold -- and long overdue -- step.
As for the Obamaniacs, they'd be well to heed the saying that Alaska's political landscape is littered with the bodies of those who underestimated Sarah Palin.