The photos are a convincer. The daughter looks pregnant, Sarah does NOT.
I am going to go out on a limb here.
Sarah was not announced as VP until after Hillary had failed to wrest the Democratic nomination away from Obama. It could be that Sarah was a desperation ploy to have a woman on the ticket to woo disaffected Hillary voters. If so, having a beauty queen opposed to birth control and abortion was a major miscalculation.
Or maybe something else is up.
We know that McCain was still pushing for Joe Lieberman to be VP
as of last Sunday. McCain might have chosen Palin in a desperation ploy, or maybe out of pique at being denied his first choice.
Or... and here is where the convention will get interesting, the GOP leadership has realized that McCain cannot win against Obama, either with Lieberman or without, and saddled him with a crippling choice for VP in a ploy to get McCain to decide to refuse the nomination, thereby opening up a floor fight for a new set of nominees.
Yes, it's kind of a wild idea. But right now I am having a hard time seeing the GOP as being that incredibly stupid in choosing Sarah Palin as the candidate for VP.