By Charles Krauthammer - September 5, What's left of this line of argument, however, after John McCain picks Sarah Palin for vice president? Palin is an admirable and formidable woman. She has energized the Republican base and single-handedly unified the Republican convention behind McCain. She performed spectacularly in her acceptance speech.
Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin greats supporters during an October conservative rally in Charleston, West Virginia. If you put aside the policy questions, having a charismatic, way-too-cute-for-Washington outsider with a compelling, personal story and a non-traditional resume, sounds a lot like who we have now. He was elected with almost zero experience in high-stakes politics.
As the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States in the election alongside Arizona Senator John McCain , she was the first Republican female vice presidential nominee and the second female vice presidential nominee of a major party , after Geraldine Ferraro in Palin was elected to the Wasilla city council in and became mayor of Wasilla in In , after an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor , she was appointed chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission , responsible for overseeing the state's oil and gas fields for safety and efficiency.