And at least once they intersected. When Washington sent Alaska that absolutely-disgraceful "bridge to nowhere," Mrs. Palin refused the federal largesse, saying if Alaska wanted an expensive bridge they'd pay for it themselves. Contrast that with Messrs. Obama and Biden not joining Mr. McCain's call to end all earmarks in federal spending, and you have a comparison that the GOP welcomes.
Less heralded, Mr. McCain has embraced a solidly conservative Republican Party Platform. As a platform committee vice chairman, I can attest to the document's conservative foundation. It is the most pro-life platform in national party history. And it is a sterling commitment to the sanctity of every human life.
His choice of Mrs. Palin shows his commitment to those bedrock moral principles, as she is living proof of a commitment to life. Many now know that she gave birth to a son whom she knew since the fourth month of pregnancy would be born with Down's syndrome. She chose to have the baby. And with words that should move many to tears, she said that when she looks at her baby boy, "I see perfection." I doubt Mrs. Palin would ever say a question of fundamental belief is above her pay grade.
Mr. McCain said in a Sunday interview that the McCain-Palin campaign can be summed up in three words: reform, prosperity, peace.
With Mrs. Palin and the platform, Mr. McCain is positioned to run a strong and vigorous campaign against Mr. Obama. And the nation is in for one of the most fascinating elections in quite a while.