I continue to think Palin would be an excellent VP. In following her for 13 1/2 months I've been routinely impressed. The conventional wisdom about Palin that you might pick up from the media and Saturday Night Live seems like a weak parody compared to the Palin I've spent over a year learning about.
She is certainly not stupid nor dangerously inexperienced. Although her governorship has only been a few years long, she has a long list of accomplishments that regrettably never get mentioned in the media. Refreshingly, these accomplishments include very real and significant reforms to Alaska politics. All Americans would be lucky to have her bring similar reforms to the federal government.
It's ironic that the best coverage on Palin I've found in the media comes from outside the US, but I'd encourage anyone who landed here looking for information on Palin to read this excellent article from the UK's Telegraph.
You can access all the posts I've written about Palin here. Out of those, I'd call my top three: this one, this one, and this one.
I recently came across the Draft Sarah Palin For Vice President blog via comments on a post on a friend's blog.
Sara Palin is the Governor of Alaska and while I'm not yet ready to throw all (2 1/4 ounces) of my blog's weight behind the Palin for VP movement, I think Palin would make a wise (though unfortunately unlikely) choice for Republican '08 Vice Persident.
Quoting from an early entry on the Draft Palin blog:
This blog is the result of about a month worth of research on potential Republican Vice-Presidential candidates for the 2008 election. ... I developed the following profile for the perfect VP candidate (using Rudy Giuliani as my presumptive presidential candidate):
1) A energetic, young, fresh face who will energize the electorate
2) Not connected to the current administration
5) A woman or minority to counter Hillary or Obama and put to rest the idea that America only elects white males
One of the first names I found that fit these qualifications was that of Sarah Palin, the recently elected Governor of Alaska. ... After looking at every GOP governor, senator, and congressperson, I found that Palin had only become more appealing.
From what I've read, she certainly is an "energetic, young, fresh face who [would] energize the electorate." Frankly, I think she could even give Obama's charisma a run for it's money.
She also has a reputation for shaking up the political status quo, knocking off incumbents and chasing down corruption (even when it was Republicans committing the corrupt acts.) That fits in really well with '08 being billed as "change election" and Americans being tired of the "political establishment."
She also passes the "extremely like-able" test with an 84% approval rating. And, I can't see anyone being able to effectively run attack ads against her. She would just come off as being too sympathetic. Not because they'd be attacking a woman; more like if someone were to run attack ads against Ned Flanders.
Actually, now that I've finished jotting down my thoughts I can't think of a better choice for '08 GOP VP. If nothing else, maybe the momentum behind trying to have her be the VP will show that Republicans really are OK with candidates that aren't just white males. (Not that that stereotype actually does hold water ... first woman SCOTUS justice? Appointed by Reagan. First African-American male Sec. of State? Appointed by G.W. Bush. First African-American female Sec. of State? by Bush. First Hispanic Attorney General? by Bush (but witch-hunted out by white (Democratic) males Schumer, Leahey, Biden, Kennedy and Finegold.))
Perhaps my one final (fleeting?) reservation is that she probably best pairs up with Guillani, and he's certainly not my first choice. But since he is (admittedly) the most likely choice, Run Palin Run!