Ross Douthat on the future V.P.:
She's a pro-life working mom; she's tough on corruption and government waste without being a doctrinaire Norquistian on taxes; she's more supportive of gay rights than the current GOP orthodoxy (while stopping short of backing same-sex marriage); she has a more conservationist record than your typical GOP pol, but supports drilling in ANWR; she's an evangelical but she isn't a southern evangelical.
Assuming this assessment holds up until November, then Φ will carefully place his hand over the "president" column on his ballot and shade in the oval for Sarah Palin.
Sailer on Palin:
In particular, she appears to have completely won the hearts of the Nerd Vote with her Tina-Fey-in-the-NRA image -- pretty girls with big guns, just like in all the movies.
So who is the real Obama? Is he really all about butterflies and unicorns (see the side-splitting JibJab video), a race-baiting radical, or just Dick Daley with a tan?
Probably some combination. I can't see into the man's heart, but I get the intuitive sense that he doesn't see himself as a gangster or a bomb-thrower. He's somebody appallingly naive about the world. Ayers and Dohrn? How chic! Wright? How authentic! Rezko? What a nice man to give me money! How can I do him a favor . . . .
Obama could benefit from a more pessimistic view of human nature, and moral clarity?
UPDATE 2: Half Sigma compares Mrs. Palin to Harriet Miers. I think the more apt comparison is to Jack Kemp.
I remember the flush of excitement when Kemp was nominated for vice-president in 1996. This was also considered a bold stroke at the time, but ultimately it meant nothing. Everything that Kemp was thought to stand for disappeared into the abyss of the doomed Dole campaign.
Sarah Palin ignites a similar enthusiasm, but it won't last unless she actually is allowed to bring actual policy ideas to the McCain campaign. (I'm not sure what the McCain campaign is even supposed to be about other than war, immigration, and debt.) I'm prepared to be hopeful, but I also I'm glad that it's Palin we're wasting and not someone with more long-run potential like, say, Bobby Jindal.