I'm still not sure what to make of Sarah Palin as McCain's VP choice. I've been worrying for some time that McCain could pick a woman to pick off some estranged Clinton supporters, but I'm not sure if Sarah Palin is a realistic Clinton surrogate for that crowd, even if they are still a little pissed. I see some obvious political benefits to picking her, both as a sop to conservatives and regarding as image that a lot of Americans will relate to and find compelling. But it also seems insane to select someone with so little experience to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
And maybe you'll come back with the retorts we've all heard about her having as much experience as Obama or more executive experience than Obama, Biden, and McCain combined. But I don't think either of these statements is true. Have you read the post-mortems on the Democratic primary? If building and running perhaps the most improbable successful primary campaign in history doesn't count as executive experience, I don't know what does. Obama has demonstrated an astonishing ability to lead, to inspire, and to organize, and the fact that he's never held an elected executive office doesn't diminish that.
I also think it's odd to even make the comparison between a person the country has gotten to know over a year and a half and 18 million Americans voted for to a person the overwhelming majority of Americans had never heard of before one man decided to put her into a position of national prominence. Obviously if she actually becomes the Vice President, Americans will have voted for her, but to me the idea that they are somehow equally untested at this moment just feels naive.
MORE: Here's an article actually suggesting she would have to resign and appoint someone else to fill the position (a la Geena Davis?) if McCain were to die early in office. I don't know how that bizarre notion can be compatible with the idea that she's a reasonable choice, but that's where the article seems to end up.