The Weekly Standard got a tip that Arthur Culvahouse, the head of the VP search team, is in Alaska. Rumors are abuzz that he's up there to talk to Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska about becoming the next VP.
Claremont McKenna Professor John J. Pitney has long said that the Governor could make a great vice presidential candidate for the G.O.P.
Exit question: Can the Professor predict the future?
Nevertheless, John J. Pitney Jr., a political scientist with Claremont McKenna College in California and former analyst for congressional Republicans, said Palin could be an ideal presidential running mate next year.
"What separates her from others is that at a time when Republicans have suffered from the taint of corruption, she represents clean politics," Pitney said.
"The public stereotype of Republican is a wrinkled old guy taking cash under the table," he said. "One way for Republicans to break the stereotype is with a female reformer."
Party labels seem to mean very little to Palin. Her revenue commissioner is a Democrat. Her husband, Todd, a blue-collar worker on Alaska's oil-rich North Slope, is an independent.
The mother of four is often seen bounding down the Capitol stairwell, holding a pink backpack and rushing to get her 6-year-old daughter, Piper, off to school on time -- something that Pitney said could make Palin more appealing to a national audience.
Let's hope not. I've been against her nomination for quite some time. We cannot very well make the claim that this election is about experience and then go and nominate someone who has less time as governor than Obama has as senator and hope that things will just work.
Sure, she's smart and a woman, but we don't want to play those kind of identity politics.
Or do we? For if women abandon Obama, we win. Who cares how few electoral votes Alaska brings to the table?