Sarah PalinSoundbites:

“Well, I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. The media considers me unqualified, but now here’s a little news flash, I’m not going going to Washington to seek their opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the good people of this country.”

“We need to produce more of our own oil and gas. Take it from a gal who knows the north slope of Alaska, we’ve got both. We’re going to build more pipelines and create more clean coal. We need American energy brought to you by American ingenuity and American workers.”

“The difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom? Lipstick.”

“I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay. I also drive myself to work. And I thought we could muddle through without the governor’s personal chef – although I’ve got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her. I came to office promising to control spending – by request if possible and by veto if necessary. … Our state budget is under control. We have a surplus. And I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending: nearly half a billion dollars in vetoes.”

Hell, folks, I’m beginning to really, really like this woman… for three major reasons:

1) She’s uncorrupted by the great political machine in Washington,
2) She’s a person who seems genuinely capable of appealing to the world at large,
3) She’s as libertarian a candidate as we’re likely to get.

Despite her being against a woman’s right to choose and believing that creationism should be taught in school (neither of which will impact her vice-presidency in any really significant ways, in my opinion), Palin is the candidate who’s given me some glimmer of hope about the next 4 years.