Here's a Theory About McCain's Choice of Palin, that comes into play in the Biden/Palin Debate
Part of McCain's stradegy, is to distance himself from Bush as much as possible. He can't deny his past congressional decisions in that many of them have coincided with Bush's ideals. Had he chosen another congressman to run with, I'm assuming he'd have to choose a republican although there is the issue of Lieberman who has recently gone independent democrat, has criticized both dems and repubs in the near past and has been hanging around with McCain. But he was Gore's running mate, and so it would be an odd choice. On the other hand we have Palin. Does that seem odd? What I'm getting at here, is that had McCain chosen any other Republican senator as his running mate, there would be two, not one, candidates to compare to Bush's track record. In choosing Palin, McCain's running mate gets a free pass in that area, and gets to speak her mind, freely, without having to constantly defend a voting record that runs opposite to her presently stated opinions. In being an outsider she's got that freedom.
This came to light in the debate between Biden and Palin as Biden went down the list and constantly emphasisized that McCain has been on the side of the present administration when it comes to 90% of the issues. He can't debate that with Palin. However, what he cold have debated was that her past issues only involved Alaskan government, which with the exception of oil companies, doesn't stretch as far into most of the important issues the country is presently dealing with. Not that she's not smart, but she's not experienced in a nationalistic sence. McCain can't go to her for advice on most issues. She did try to play up her Alaskan experience to McCain using her for energy interdependance responsibilities though.
In conclusion, she may have been chosen as a distraction, not only to grab some women voters, but also to distance the team from the crud the repubs have been drudging up during the present administration's foleys. She's got no congressional voting record that coincides with Bush's. She's pushing the positive everyday family factor, she's a woman, and she was able to debate simple topics with Biden without falling flat on her face. You see the difference beween this debate and an interview with Katie Couric, is that nobody interupts Palin while she's talking, and nobody drills her causing her to faulter. She is allowed to speak her mind clearly without interuption. She's allowed time to prepare for her next answer while analizing what her opponent is saying. It seems a little less stressful than putting the person on the spot and forcing them to answer the question right then and there. The opponents were permitted to steer their retorts in any direction they wanted, thus, steering the wheel and subject matter to a place they felt safe, and thus jump away from topics where they felt opposition with. That being said, I still think Biden would have held up better answering the same questions Couric asked Palin. It seemed like her choice of running mate works best when she's allowed to speak freely, and she was able to do that in this debate, not that she didn't have comparable opposition from Biden. Personally though I thought he could have responded better to her accusation of finger pointing, I mean up until recently, what else do you have. And Biden can't really say much about her history, because this debate is not about Alaska, it's about America.