With a well-timed announcement, McCain stole the thunder from Obama’s historical nomination. Sarah Palin is a good choice: a smart move away from “the same”, a young and agile politician, a maverick reformer, and a nod to still-upset feminist Clinton voters. And she is pretty too, or at least that’s what I get from FYI’s three-letter interjection.

Her inexperience matches Obama, although she has been on the Executive branch. More importantly, Palin will counter Biden’s presence. Joe Biden, with thirty-something years in the Senate, will have trouble in the VP debate in St Louis, October 2: he can’t just go his style, all force, against a young woman. If the republican VP was Romney, Biden would probably crush him easily. But he will have to mellow down against Palin.