How Sarah Palin Instantly Improves McCain's Chances

AK gov. steals Dems' after-glow; could attract indy, Hillary voters
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2008 3:15 PM CDT
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate, helps soften the image of the senior senator.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – John McCain turned heads by choosing Sarah Palin today as his running mate, and the Weekly Standard explains why she’s the right woman for the job.

  • Democrats just wrapped their glitzy convention, but the Sunday talk shows will be abuzz with Palin chatter.
  • The mother of five softens McCain’s “crotchety” image and revives his reputation as “fly-boy and gambler."

  • Dems forfeit their monopoly on youth, change, and history.
  • Palin could help snatch brooding Hillary supporters.
  • Democrats may claim racism, but Republicans could retaliate with charges of sexism.
  • As a mother of a Down syndrome child, she’s a human face for the pro-life movement.
  • Cindy McCain can’t take on Michelle Obama, but Sarah Palin can.
For more of the Standard's thinking, click the link below.