Sarah Palin, a former runner-up in the Miss Alaska beauty contest, burst on to the political scene in 2006 by becoming both the first female and youngest governor in Alaskan history at the age of 42. She had previously gained statewide attention as a gutsy maverick unafraid to speak truth after whistleblowing on ethical violations by state Republican Party leaders during her time on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. A "soccer-mom" type with telegenic appeal, Mrs Palin is a real life Miss Congeniality — she won the title in the Wasilla beauty pageant back in 1984.
An Alaskan through and through, Mrs Palin grew up with a love of traditional outdoor pursuits. As a child she regularly got up before dawn to go moose-hunting with her father and is still a strong believer in gun ownership. She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. >> more
What do you think?
Said one Australian commenter, OK I admit, my very first thoughts, "what” then post her speech I think, "stirring ", moreover, after some research, “home run.” For those wanting to learn more about Palin, Donald Douglas at American Power provides an informative summary with some great links. Visit: Beehive Bombshell is McCains Secret Weapon!
Incidentally, I knew I'd seen an image of Sarah Palin before and then I recalled where, it was here ... Who would have thought.
Update: Rasmussen poll finds that 53% have a favorable opinion of Palin, compared to 43% for Delaware Senator Joseph Biden on the day he was chosen.