I think this pretty much sums up the collective opinion from non-partisan sites and sources (emphasis mine)…
Most neutral observers are scratching their heads. McCain’s strongest argument against Obama is that he doesn’t have the experience to be President. How can his first major personnel choice be someone with demonstrably less experience than Obama (6 years as mayor of a village with 5400 people and 21 months as governor vs. 8 years in the Illinois state senate and 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Senate)? Doesn’t that undermine his whole campaign? With so many solid choices available like governors Romney, Pawlenty, Sanford, and Ridge, why a total unknown who is being investigated by her own (Republican-controlled) legislature for possible ethical violations. What is McCain thinking?
One thing’s for sure…there’s gonna be a lot of pressure on this unknown, and she’s going to have to be gaffe-free throughout the next couple months in order for the American public to get comfortable enough to put her a heartbeat away.
And maybe it’s just me, but does it concern anybody else that we only get 2 months to find out who this woman is before we give her the 2nd most powerful job in the world? Sure, when compared to McCain, Obama hasn’t been around for a long time either, but at least we all started to get to know him in 2004.
So what exactly was McCain thinking beyond the idea that Palin could pull in some more independent female votes? Does he really think this is a good move for the country? Is he really putting “Country First” as he claims in his campaign commercials?