The last piece of the Presidential tickets was filled Friday when Republican John McCain announced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. "Wow!" was the reaction of many. For some, it was "wow," as in, "what a shocker." For others, it was "wow," as in, "what an impressive debut on such a large stage." And for others still, it was "wow," as in, "I can't believe he'd pick someone with such a low national profile." Say what you will about the choice, it did accomplish one thing for McCain - on a day when the news channels could have been rehashing and dissecting Barack Obama's acceptance speech from the DNC, they weren't even talking about it - McCain and Palin were the new hot topic. If his choice had been someone more expected, like Mitt Romney, I'm not sure how it would have played out. That's great for McCain right now, but it will be interesting to see what happens a couple weeks from now, when the novelty has worn off and we're back to the daily grind that is the campaign trail. How will Palin stack up against the more experienced Joe Biden, known for his directness? And what of Obama's choice of Biden? Does it answer critics concerned about Obama's experience? We're inside 70 days from the election... let's get rolling!
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