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It’s Palin

McCain has made his choice:

Sen. John McCain has picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, a senior McCain campaign official told CNN on Friday.

Palin, 44, who’s in her first term as governor, is a pioneering figure in Alaska, the first woman and the youngest person to hold the state’s top political job.

She catapulted to the post with a strong reputation as a political outsider, forged during her stint in local politics. She was mayor and a council member of the small town of Wasila and was chairman of the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska’s oil and gas resources, in 2003 and 2004.

The conservative Palin defeated two so-called political insiders to win the governor’s job—incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in the GOP primary and former two-term Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles in the 2006 general election. iReport.com: What do you think of McCain’s VP pick?

Palin made her name in part by backing tough ethical standards for politicians. During the first legislative session after her election, her administration passed a state ethics law overhaul.

I think that this is mainly an effort to woo the disgruntled Clinton supporters.  But no matter what the reason, it’s a good choice.  Palin is conservative, likable and popular.  She has supported windfall profits taxes on oil companies in Alaska, however.  So we’ll have to see how that plays out.

Your thoughts?

Update: Dad gum, I wish I’d thought of this.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/29/08 at 08:22 AM in Election 2008 • Permalink

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