To be honest, I don't know enough about Sarah Palin to be able to make a definitive evaluation either way. My first reaction on hearing the news this last Friday was the same as everyone else's: "Sarah Who?" At first glance, the obvious reason they picked her was to demographically balance the ticket: young female to complement old male.
Here's another one. It was at the Iowa State Fair in August 2007. This photo was picked up by the Associated Press and made it onto CNN.com and the New York Times. Katie and I are sitting on the ground next to the guy in the yellow shirt.
UPDATE (09/05): This is completely ridiculous:
"GOP vice presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has foreign-policy experience because of the sheer location of the state she leads, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said Wednesday. "I love when people say she has no national-security experience, no foreign-policy experience," Huntsman told Utah delegates to the Republican National Convention. "The state borders Russia and Canada, for heaven's sake."" - http://www.sltrib.com/utahpolitics/ci_10370655
Anyone want to start on the flaws in that little line of logic there???