I just can't help myself. Here are my thoughts on Sarah Palin.
Yes, Chani, snarky is exactly the word I would use to describe her speech last night. I was surprised that in her first national speech, she would want to paint herself as such a, well, snarky person. I actually saw her speech (it's the first one I've seen since the convention season started, because my mind is already made up and controversy is not a sport I enjoy. It's not as though I was going to watch the RNC - or the DNC, for that matter - and be swayed), and was not nearly as impressed as the Today show told me I should be this morning. What did she say of substance? Name one thing, any thing. She didn't. She was sarcastic and fluffy; she just happens to do sarcasm and fluff very well.
Even so - choosing her, in my opinion, was ingenious. She is the Republican version of Nancy Pelosi, and say whatever you want about her politics, Nancy Pelosi has proven herself a force to be reckoned with. She has five children, she's from a small town (and isn't she so proud of it?), she was a beauty queen - she is Everyman in 2008. She'll attract the social conservative vote (Brian assures me she's already won over the talk radio guys, whom he listens to simply to have someone to argue with in the car. Controversy, apparently, is a sport he enjoys very much) and let McCain be the moderate who can attract independents. Plus, she's a woman, which was also intentional, I'm sure. Intentional on McCain's part, that is. Palin had very little control over that.
I see why they chose her, not that I'm going to do the same. Even so, the joke about the hockey mom and pit bulls made me laugh. But, seriously? You're the governor of Alaska. You can afford to hire a sitter and get your baby to BED.