With this selection, McCain has virtually guaranteed that Hillary Rodham Clinton will never be President of the United States.
He has also guaranteed that conservatives will have at least one powerful seat at the table in his administration.
Palin is a hyperactive crusader against excessive spending. Unless we see a colossal flip-flop, McCain-Palin will not continue the spending policies of George W. Bush and the Democrats.
I heard on the radio somewhere a remark that when it comes to Washington DC outsiders, you can't get any further from the Beltway than Alaska. Well, yes you can - Europe is even farther. Obama campaigned there, and the Supreme Court majority cited European sources in its decision on Lawrence v. Texas
. But Europe's a little bit too
Conventional political strategy has it that a candidate should reach out to the base during the primaries and then reach for the "center" after the nomination. One is tempted to say that McCain did the opposite, but his base isn't the Republican base.
I wish Palin would say this at the convention: "The Republicans want more drilling of our domestic oil reserves; the Democrats want more drilling of your pocketbooks."