The jury is still out on the wisdom of choosing Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate this November but it's certainly true to say that her reformist track record and level of achievement make Barack Obama's paper thin resume look even thinner and is in stark contrast to Joe Biden's 30+ year career as a pork barreling revolving door for some of the worst lobby groups out there.
The other key point is the contrast between her clear beliefs and the malleable, populist positions taken by Obama and Biden who have the most left wing and third most left wing voting records in the US Senate. She's pro-life, pro-gun, pro-drilling, anti-pork barreling and anti-corruption.
Will she attract disaffected Hillary supporters? I think it's odds-on that she'll pick up a large percentage of female independent voters who were previously going to give their vote to a ticket with Hillary Clinton on it. Given that it's going to be a close election these women could prove decisive.
I think that her opponents will do well not to underestimate her. If the Democratic Party is not careful she'll wipe the floor with Biden in the upcoming VP debate(s).
And by the way, her Miss Wasilla photo reminds me of Amanda Bearse of Married With Children fame.