It was probably a brillant move. Talked to two friends who come from two ends of the Republican vote. One would be classified as the religious right and the other is as far from religion as he wants to get. Both think she's a brillant choice and like what they see about her.
See, she's not for pulling your vote (i.e., pulling the vote of those solidly supporting Obama), because no matter who he picked, you won't be voting for him. She's there for others. She will solidify the Republican base which has been shaky for McCain. Had he picked Romeny, a pro-choice person, he would have lost some of his base.
And she's on the ticket for that small group (probably smaller than people think) who are ticked off about Hillary and realize that McCain's so old that it's a good chance that you won't be electing the first Woman VP, but the First Woman President.
And someone noted that these -8 odd-ball choices for the Republicans tend to work out. In 68, Nixon picked Spiro Agno and people thought that was crazy. They win. 88, Bush Sr. picks Dan Quayle and people mocked it. They win. Now, in 08, they do it again.
How can you be a "GOP rising star" when nobody's ever heard of you? Wouldn't that be Pawlenty?
I guess the GOP is giving up the "got no experience" angle because she has far less executive experience than Obama does (and lacks Obama brainiac cred to boot).
Actually, Obama has more political experience, and she has more executive
experience than Obama. A governor is an executive office position; a Senator is not an executive. He has no executive experience. Of course, technically, McCain doesn't either.