I find it frightening she was offered the role of vice president.
I find it even more frightening how she was embraced as suitable by so many both in and outside her party and talked about as Presidential material.
I believe it hurt McCain's campaign and I am glad it did.
The US needs to pick the best, brightest and most astute politicians to hold the most senior and responsible positions in the land.
The "it would be fun to have a beer with me" and "I am more ordinary than average Jo(e)(anne)" tests are very very very poor measures of Presidential merit.
I believe it hursts the US when bumbling Bush inarticulates his position over and over again.
(If you disagree then just think of any comedian/satirist in the world and how they immitate Bush - now ask youself aren't you embarrassed?).
To me Palin represents more of this dumbed-down politics.
From the bits I have seen it was far more than 'lack of experience': She didn't seem have even a basic grasp of many basic political issues and current affairs.
Ok so she can wink, smile and fake a demeanour/language to appeal to 'Mr six pack, love yer, I'm your bestest mate, I can't pay my phone bill too....blah).
Maybe next it should be Forrest Gump 2012 with the slogan "Life CAN be like a box of chocolates'.
There must be far more astute and intelligent women out there who could make a real difference (I can find them looking no further than this board).
So I hope she fades away back to Governor and we give better candidates a chance.