I have not been following the "veepstakes" as closely as some. I think the VP pick matters more for McCain than it does for Obama because of McCain's age, but really wasn't paying attention to the candidates that much. Gov. Sarah Palin was a surprise to me because I knew only vaguely of her. Being involved in my own political activities, I haven't paid as close attention as I should have.
Many have written about what this pick means for McCain and Palin's resume. I'm sure more detailed biographies of her will be out shortly. For my part, I like what I see. Gov. Palin's record for reform and taking on the party establishment is exactly what the Republican Party needs. In similar fashion as Gov. Jindal in Louisiana, she has made no friends with the old guard. Lest anyone try and convince you that she's part of the corrupt Alaska Republicans, remember she got the state GOP chair nailed on ethics charges.
What is, however, most interesting and disturbing about the pick has been the response from some on the left. I spent the day on and off perusing some of the leftie websites seeing how they'd react. The fair criticisms (like experience) are drowned out by the overt rage and misogyny of so-called progressives. Here, you have the party of "tolerance" and "diversity" saying she got the job because of sexual favors for McCain. And that is the most benevolent of some of the comments from known hate sites like the DailyKos (also known for anti-semitism). Go there and read the comments if you don't believe me.
Here we get a shocking moment of honesty and transparency from the left. See, they don't believe a woman can make it on their own without sexual favors. They've already put up websites commemorating the "VPILF" (figure it out). Here is what this should tell you about the left and why this election matters: