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They went for shock and awe. They got it, especially the shock. Now comes the awe. The question is will it be very good or very bad.

The Sarah Palin balance sheet. Pros; most impressive young conservative Governor is the country. The base will love her, grass-roots side of convention floor will be happy. She has charisma and can give a great speech. Middle class Mom with family. Obama now not only contender who can make a 3 point shot. She has been an impressive Governor, with reform instincts. She can certainly deliver the vital swing state of… Alaska. Former full Colonel in Pat Buchanan brigades.

Cons: McCain’s mighty and oft-swung Obama swatting hammer of experience has been instantly changed from steel to rubber. VP examination stakes are a little higher for McCain, will she pass the ready on Day One test with less than two years in a (small) statehouse? Former full Colonel in the Pat Buchanan brigades.

Bottom line: A base choice. Which hints at a base-centered election strategy. Got it Boy, good thing it is 1994. What? It’s not? Hmmm.

Exactly the sort of strategy I argue against in my column in the new issue of the magazine. But I’ve been wrong before.

She is an impressive person. Next week will be interesting.