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Someone has described Palin as having the "hot librarian look." Works for me. Meanwhile, our compadre Paul Mirengoff over at Powerline says he is disappointed that McCain would pick someone with no foreign policy or national security experience, though I’m not sure that Paul isn’t being ironic here. And besides, isn’t being governor of Alaska, with its servitude to Washington DC, a bit like being a head of state? Alaska, after all, practically needs an Alaskan interests desk at the State Department, and its governors practically have a foreign policy with regard to DC.

As for foreign policy experience, or the lack thereof, two words: Harry. Truman. What foreign policy or executive experience did he have in 1945? And he did all right on foreign policy for the most part.

UPDATE: They’re not kidding about the "hot librarian" meme. Watch from about the 2:00 mark in this video.

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As for foreign policy experience, or the lack thereof, two words: Harry. Truman. What foreign policy or executive experience did he have in 1945? And he did all right on foreign policy for the most part.

And this is why people are saying that the Palin pick forces McCain to give up the experience line - because what you write above could also be a defense of Obama.

A good risposte, with the difference being that Truman had shown some signs of decent foreign policy judgment prior to coming to office, while Obama's stated opinions are much more dubious, at best. Second, Truman inherited the nucleus of FDR's "wise men"--some of them not so wise, but Marshall was a stud, and Truman had the good judgment to elevate Nitze, Acheson (a mixed bag, but. . .) and others of sound disposition. I have much less confidence that Obama will have a similar sound foreign policy team, while Palin, in the worst case, would likely inherit a strong McCain team.

Second happiest woman in the USA today: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

I'm still in shock that McCain actually did something good for the party! Also, win or lose, you have to admit that up to this point McCain is running a terrific campaign. Classy ad congratulating Obama was a nice touch.

And look for McCain to change his mind on ANWR. Palin gives him the political cover to take the more popular position. What a surprise that would be if he included it in his speech! I don't see how he can have a pro-ANWR Gov. of Alaska as his VP and still oppose it. Wouldn't make sense.

It's pretty obvious that John McCain is going to pull out all the stops and do whatever it takes to win the Whitehouse. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Yea, I can go for a chick in glasses, BIG TIME!

And again I concur with SLICK, I'm kinda' floored by McCain's selection.

Though Slick, the issue is energy supply, not necessarily where in America's jurisdiction that supply comes from. I don't give two damns whether ANWR is availed of or not, just so long as America's liquified coal hits the market, and hits the market in a commanding manner.

The minute McCain went with Palin

The Obama camp started wailin’

Bein’ a hot librarian ain’t enough

The guv lacks foreign policy stuff

Ever a gent, Slick Willie offered fix that failin’

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