John McCain has reportedly selected Alaska guv'ner Sarah Palin as his veep. Reaction across the Blogosphere is very positive, but I, like most, don't know much about her, so I can't reasonably opine as to her merits at the moment. However, this is part of Yuval Levin's post on the announcement:
The positives, though, are exceptionally great. She will connect tremendously well with middle class parents, at a gut level and not only a rhetorical level. Undecided women are likely to find her very appealing. Her personal story—an athlete as well as a beauty queen contestant in her youth, deeply religious but not overbearing about it, a hunter and former professional fisher(wo)man—is interesting and impressive. Her family story—from marrying her high school sweetheart the snowmobile racer to the son about to deploy to Iraq, to the wonderful way she has welcomed her Down Syndrome son—is lovely and inspiring. And on the issues, she’s the kind of conservative the country tends like best. Her unabashed but non-confrontational pro-life views will contrast in the most dramatic possible way with Obama and be nicely illustrated by her own life; she opposes gay marriage but is otherwise friendly to gay rights; she’s an ethics reformer and anti-pork fanatic (she killed the “bridge to nowhere”); great on energy, and something of a conservative reformer in general, though she hasn’t said much to my knowledge about health care and taxes—which I suppose makes her a good vehicle for McCain’s positions on those. And while you won't hear it much from the Democrats or the press, there's the historic female vice president element tooMcCain needed a game-changing pick - the Treason Media was hoping he'd go for Lieberman because it would destroy any hope of winning - and this is exactly that. She's MORE conservative than the top of the ticket; she lives her life the way many voters do; and when the liberals tear into her for not toeing the orthodox liberal line, it will reveal to many women who just float to the Left side because of the meme that "the Stupid Party hates women and just wants them as brood mares" that liberalism is a sexist ideology on top of being racist and all the other -ists they project upon the Right and smear them as being. The militant pro-abortion women will hate her for having a child that they'd offer as a prime case for termination, but who cares? A woman with a Down's baby vs. a guy (Obama) who doesn't believe abortion survivors should receive medical treatment? I'll watch that brawl.
FIVE MINUTE LATER UPDATE: How predictable is the Treason Media and their agenda? ABC News.com has this single line on their front page:
Staunchly against abortion rights, Palin satisfies McCain's conservative base.Not "pro-life", but "anti-woman and thus perfect for those caveman RePIGlicans". Abortion is the sacrament of liberalism. Every live birth makes them sad. Let them run on that and see what it gets them.