You seem to be forgetting the Illinois Senate part. And remember, 147 days ago, Palin was the mayor of a town of 7000. Biggest problems she had to deal with was moose shit and getting the streets plowed.
Palin has an approval rating, in her state, of over 80%. Maybe she was adept at scooping moose shit and feeding polar bears.
You seem to forget what's important. And that is 'qualification' to be president. While I, generally, subscribe to the point of view that very few men in our country's history have been qualified to be president, you must acknowledge as much as I do that present world events warrant a more seasoned, experienced executive. Obama's VP pick may have it but he doesn't. McCain may have it but his VP doesn't.
But, here we have some newbie senator with less than a year's experience drumming about change when he has, to date, given NO CLUE what he's really going to do. Every question he answers evasively.
I watched the Saddleback debate in it's entirety last night, instead of snippets designed by the news media to sway undecided voters. I like Obama as a PERSON. He's charismatic but seemingly dull in wit, when put on the spot, much like our present president. McCain impressed me, more than he ever has. His quick, clear answers dealing with every issue presented to him leaves the voter knowing where they stand with him.