The Hound remains stunned this morning following John McCain's masterstroke in naming Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin his running mate. He also signaled to his Democratic opponents they're in for the fight of the new millennium.
McCain plucked Palin out of that hockey team her son must have played for in Mystery, Alaska. Or is this a miracle on ice? It's not that the 40-something pro-life, gun-toting mom brings a lot of Electoral College votes --- three, exactly what gray-haired, 65-year-old Joe Biden brings from Delaware --- to the table.
What she does bring is 13 years in public office, albeit in Alaska. Lake County has more skunks than Alaska has people, right? But her folksy, straight-talking manner certainly is a striking difference to Biden's used-car salesman look. Plus, she's got five kids, one handicapped and one heading to a war zone. That sort of stuff plays in Pennsylvannia, which Barack Obama kissed off in the primaries. It also plays in small-town America.
If Obama's choice of Biden raised the ante, McCain just checked. And, it took away Obama's convention bounce. Let's see what the Republicans have to say when they convene Monday in Minnesota, a state known to have lots of hockey moms.