N.Y. Daily News' Tom DeFrank: 'Can you say Dan Quayle? Unfortunately for Sarah Palin, that was the nightmare flashback for some Republican mandarins after McCain chose the Alaska governor as his surprise running mate.'
BIGGEST RISK OF PALIN: Democrats are now the ticket of experience – 40 years in Washington vs. 36 years for the Republicans. Senator McCain is asking voters to assume he was just kidding about a basic premise of his campaign, both in the primaries and the general -- that national-security experience matters when the country is at war.
BIGGEST REASON FOR PALIN: As always, NBC's Chuck Todd sticks his landing -- 'This is about getting a piece of the 'change' argument. They've conceded experience cannot win this election. They have to get on the right side of change.'
THE UNTOLD STORY OF PALIN, per Politico toppers Jim VandeHei and John Harris: 'The truth is McCain is essentially tied or trailing in every swing state the matters -- and too close for comfort in several states like Indiana and Montana the GOP usually wins pretty easily in presidential races. On top of that, voters seem very inclined to elect Democrats in general this election -- and very sick of the Bush years. McCain could easily lose in an electoral landslide. That is the private view of Democrats and Republicans alike. McCain's pick shows he is not pretending. Politicians, even 'mavericks' like McCain, play it safe when they think they are winning – or see an easy path to winning. They roll the dice only when they know that the risks of conventionality are greater than the risks of boldness.'
MOST ASTONISHING FACT – MCCAIN HAD MEET HER ONCE, AND OFFERED HER THE JOB BY PHONE – THE CAMPAIGN'S OFFICIAL NARRATIVE: 'John McCain first met Governor Sarah Palin at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington in February of 2008 and came away extraordinarily impressed. John McCain followed her career and admired her tenacity and her many accomplishments. She was scheduled for a high profile speaking role at our convention and included in the VP selection process because of his admiration for her strong reform credentials. Last Sunday, Governor Palin and John McCain had a conversation over the phone. Governor Palin was at the Alaska State Fair, and John McCain was at his home at Phoenix. Previously, Rick Davis, John McCain's campaign manager, had also been in regular contact with the Governor as part of the on-going selection process. This past week, Governor Palin arrived with Kris Perry in Flagstaff, Arizona, on Wednesday evening. Upon arrival, Governor Palin and her longtime aide Kris Perry met with Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter of the McCain campaign at Mr. Bob Delgado's home in Flagstaff. Mr. Delgado is the CEO of the Hensley corporation, which is Mrs. Cindy McCain's family business. On Thursday morning, Governor Palin and staff were joined by Mrs. Cindy McCain and later joined by John McCain at the McCain family home in Sedona, Arizona. At approximately 11:00 a.m. Thursday August 28, 2008, John McCain formally invited Governor Sarah Palin to join the Republican ticket as the vice presidential nominee on the deck of the McCain family home.'
DRUDGE CALLS IT THE 'BLIND DATE.'
Chicago Sun-Times: 'MAVERICK ROLLS THE DICE.'