John McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate.
Here's what I know about her.
She's conservative, pro-drilling and pro-life and, like McCain, a politician unafraid of taking on her own party when it comes to reform.
She's young, 44, and probably not ready to be president but she is the only member of either ticket was some executive experience.
On a personal note, one of things Spencerblog admires and likes about about Palin is that she has five kids, one with Down Syndrome.
Some 95 percent of pregnant women who find out they are carrying a Down syndrome baby abort it. Not Palin!
Not only does she know when life begins, she knows that Down syndrome kids are just as worthy of it as the rest of us.
UPDATE: From Fred Barnes 2007 profile of Palin:
"In the roughly three years since she quit as the state's chief regulator of the oil industry, Palin has crushed the Republican hierarchy (virtually all male) and nearly every other foe or critic. Political analysts in Alaska refer to the "body count" of Palin's rivals. "The landscape is littered with the bodies of those who crossed Sarah," says pollster Dave Dittman, who worked for her gubernatorial campaign...
..."She's as Alaskan as you can get," says Dan Fagan, an Anchorage radio talk show host. "She's a hockey mom, she lives on a lake, she ice fishes, she snowmobiles, she hunts, she's an NRA member, she has a float plane, and her husband works for BP on the North Slope," Fagan says. Todd Palin, her high school sweetheart, is a three-time winner of the 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race from Wasilla to Nome to Fairbanks. It's the world's longest snowmobile race."
She also led her underdog high school basketball team to the state championship. Her nickname was "Sarah Barracuda." Contrast that with the soft, 3-point shooter at top of the Democratic ticket.
CORRECTION: The percentage of women who - when they find out they are carrying Down syndrome babies - abort them is estimated to be 85 to 90 percent, not 95 percent.