When Sarah Palin was selected as John McCain's VP pick, it caught the mainstream media completely flatfooted. Most of them acted as if they'd never even heard of her, despite the fact that conservative bloggers had already selected her and Mitt Romney (they tied) as their most desired VP picks for John McCain.
Moreover, the reaction of conservatives to Sarah Palin, while not quite as rapturous as the liberal reaction to Barack Obama, is surprisingly strong and positive -- and again, the press seems puzzled. Why in the world are conservatives so enthused about someone who has never done Meet the Press or been to a single Washington cocktail party?
So, in an effort to help out our elitist liberal brethren who've been trying in vain to figure out what's so appealing about Sarah Palin, I decided to put together a little list that explains why conservatives love Sarah Palin so much.
#1) She's conservative: John McCain is more of a moderate than a conservative and there were genuine concerns that he might take someone like Joe Lieberman as his VP. So, getting a rock-ribbed conservative like Palin instead was like expecting a pile of horse flop for Christmas and actually getting the pony instead.
#2) She's a reformer: In a time where people are sick to death of the corruption and waste in D.C., an Alaska governor with a reputation for slashing wasteful spending and taking on corruption -- even in her own party -- is very appealing and has the added benefit of doubling down on McCain's strengths.
Just to give one great example of what she brings to the ticket, Barack Obama and Joe Biden both voted more than once to support the ultimate wasteful earmark, the Bridge to Nowhere, even after that bridge had become a national symbol of wasteful spending. On the other hand, despite what some liberals are now claiming, it was Sarah Palin who finally sent the Bridge to Nowhere tumbling down.
#3) She is the right person at the right time: You could make an argument -- and a fair one -- that Sarah Palin doesn't have enough experience to be the VP. However, what you cannot do is make a fair argument that Sarah Palin isn't qualified to be VP -- while claiming that Barack Obama, who is less qualified to be in the White House than Palin, is ready to handle the presidency. In other words, if Barack Obama were a little better qualified, he'd almost be ready to handle the Vice-Presidency in a McCain administration.