Governors don’t have foreign policy experience. Carter didn’t. Reagan didn’t. Clinton didn’t. Bush 2 didn’t. Noting a lack of foreign policy experience is a mighty weak attack against a governor.
Meanwhile Palin – a two-term mayor and Alaskan governor for the past two years – has more executive experience than McCain, Obama, or Biden.
Voters haven’t elected a Senator to be president since JFK in 1960, yet the Obama-Biden ticket has two of them. The pattern for the past 30 years is that Americans vote for the ticket with a governor and a Senator, though it’s usually the governor for the presidential slot and the Senator for the veep slot. In that sense McCain has set up the classic winning ticket that voters like.
McCain chose well.
UPDATE: I’ll be honest and say that I’d prefer a veep candidate with more experience. The bar keeps going lower (Dan Quayle) and lower (John Edwards).
That said, I’ll take Palin’s resume over Obama’s, which consisted of a couple years of low-level state stuff and two years in the Senate spent running for president. And then there’s the obvious point that Palin’s running for vice-president while Obama is running for president.
Is Palin a strategic pick based on the fact that she’s a woman? Absolutely. She wouldn’t have been picked otherwise. But that’s the election we’re in right now. Obama wouldn’t have been nominated for president if he hadn’t had black skin. Many of Hillary’s supporters wouldn’t have gotten behind her if she weren’t a woman. 2008 is the year of identity politics and McCain is adapting to the election his opponents have created.