Let's discuss politics for a quick moment.
John McCain nominated Gov. Palin from Alaska to be his runningmate. People suggest it's a slap in the face of the Democrats, because the Republicans are bringing forth a woman when the Dems couldn't; but really that has nothing to do with it. It's a great step forward, yes, she would have received the nomination if she were a man too. It's a convenient coincidence. They didn't pick her for who she is, per se. Why do I say this?
Fun facts about Alaska:
*Alaska was purchased in the late 1800's because the US wanted its resources. The US wanted the trees, the minerals, the furs and animal oils, etc. And lo and behold—it's chock-full of petroleum, too! Fantastic. Suck it dry, bitches.
*Alaska is now one of the wealthies states in the U.S. per capita. Granted, wages are higher because of the higher cost of living up there; but it's mostly because 80% of the economy is based on the petroleum industry.
*As is the case with most of the US, most of Alaska's petroleum has been exploited by now. But there is a little left in the ground of the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge—a relatively tiny little area that was set up specifically to protect a shred of the (extremely fragile) Alaskan environment from drilling. The Republican Party advocates drilling there, to lessen the "dependence on foreign oil," even though the little bit of oil produced would make gas prices go down, like, one penny at the most.
*Guess who is one of the leading advocates for Alaskan Wildlife Refuge drilling? Gov. Palin! Polar bears on the threatened species list? Absolutely not! They're not threatened!
*It should be noted that drilling in the AWR would be a big benefit to the Alaskan population; but that's because their population is about the same size as Omaha, Nebraska (metro area.) They have appx. 700,000 people living in the whose state. So that tiny little bit of oil money would go a long way for them. Hence, she has reason to really believe in it for her constituency.
Political pundits have extolled Gov. Palin's various conservative leanings—including her stances on the gays (doesn't like them) and abortion (thinks it should be illegal). She's even a member of the NRA, but up in Alaska people own guns as a way of life, to actually go hunting, so that's not that big of a big deal.