I have to admit, I knew a little more about McCain's Veep pick, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, than most people.
My grandmother had heard a rumor about her being considered on TV somewhere a few months ago and called up my aunt that lives in Alaska.
My aunt said something that really speaks well for Palin and what she's done. It was something to the tune of:
"I didn't vote for her, but I really like what she's done"
Politics being what it is, that's a pretty strong statement. Seeing as her approval ratings hover in the 80-90% range, it's safe to assume that it's a sentiment felt among many Alaskans.
Anyway, after that I did a little research on her and saw the things she'd accomplished in her short time as governor and I was very impressed. It was clear to me that she didn't just talk the talk when it came to change, she walked the walk.
Ever since then, she'd been who I wanted McCain to pick.
So, last week when I heard the news, the first phone call I made was to my grandmother, who was visiting her sister in Fort Worth, to see if she'd heard.
Needless to say we were both very happy with the pick.
And then, while we were evacuated to Fort Worth for Gustav, this story about Palin's oldest daughter being pregnant came out.
I could care less. That kind of thing's irrelevant as far as I'm concerned. First off, parenting shouldn't be on the table in the political realm. Secondly, even the best parents have kids that make mistakes and are, using Barack Obama's own words, "punished with a baby."
And then there was Palin's speech last night.
Her speech really impressed me. I suck at critiquing speeches, but I thought she knocked the ball out of the park last night. She was energetic, feisty, and got people fired up. She did what she needed to do.
All in all, I'm really happy with the pick and her performance so far.