I’m delighted by today’s news. By picking Sarah Palin, McCain has hit it out of the ball park.
I’m also delighted that M. Simon proved to be so prescient.
MORE: Dick Morris says that Barack Obama delivered McCain a “body blow” with his speech last night.
Maybe so, but it looks like McCain can take it.
Come to think of it, I think he’s taken a few body blows before…
(Yes he has, so yes he can.)
MORE: Here’s an interesting reaction from CBS News:

It’s more than surprising; it’s the strangest running-mate decision since Dan Quayle. Sarah Palin spent a year working as a commissioner for the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and has been governor for a year and a half. Now, she’ll be the Republicans’ vice presidential candidate, and if things go well for McCain, one heartbeat from the presidency. When it comes to being untested and unknown, Palin is in a league of her own.
Just yesterday, advisers to the McCain campaign conceded to the New York Times that McCain “thinks highly” of Palin, but “her less than two years in office would undercut one of the McCain campaign’s central criticisms of Senator Barack Obama — that he is too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief.” So much for the McCain campaign’s message.
Stepping back, we have the man who would be the oldest president in American history, who happens to have a record of health problems, picking a virtual unknown who’s been a governor for less than two years. Amazing.

No more amazing that Richard Nixon’s pick of Spiro Agnew, who’d recently been elected governor of Maryland.
Or how about Walter Mondale’s pick of Geraldine Ferraro, not even a governor, but a then-obscure congresswoman? I could be wrong, but I don’t remember CBS complaining about her lack of experience.
(Of course, in those days, the news media used to at least pretend to be objective….)
MORE: Newsbusters points out that CNN’s John Roberts is also plugging the “inexperience” meme.
Hmmm…
I wonder whether a media analysis would reveal whether “inexperienced” Republicans draw more media criticism than “inexperienced” Democrats.
UPDATE: My thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the link, and a warm welcome to all.
I really appreciate the comments.