It’s a little bit unusual to put someone on the national ticket who nobody’s ever heard of or knows anything about. Normally you want someone who has some kind of national profile, or at least is well-known to political professionals or something. Sarah Palin is more of a “hey did you know Alaska has a super-young woman as its governor?” kind of person — noteworthy for who she is, but totally unknown as an actual politician. Hence a lot of Googling this morning.
It turns out, for example, that she’s been leading on odd crusade to deny Endangered Species Act protection to polar bears. I have some friends who think polar bears are actually cuter than pandas, which is absurd, but I think we can all agree that this is a pretty cute animal — it’s not like we’re talking about a snail darter or something.