We’ve covered her here at Babble. She gave birth to her fifth child some months ago, a little boy, Trig Paxon Van Palin (Palin rhymes with Halen, as in “Van Halen”). Trig has Down syndrome.
Here are some other preliminary deets (from Atlantic Monthly):
44 years old. …. Five children. …. Dynamic
personality. …. Elected in 2006 as a reformer. Opposed Don Young’s
re-election bid. ….. Anti-same sex marriage but supports other gay
rights. …. She’s a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association.
…. Pro life.. Signed into law a very aggressive ethics reform
package. …… Good
symbolism: she sold the former governor’s state jet right after
entering office. She’s at the forefront of the oil drilling
debate…very popular among all Alaskans. ……She faces a state probe into
whether she tried to get a former brother in law fired from his law
enforcement job.. …. Born in Idaho…grew up in Alaska… It would be
hard for Sen. Joe Biden to bully her in a debate. ….
very unknown (which means that the curiosity quotient will be huge) and
has scant national security experience. … But Obama can’t really make
that argument, can he? (Maybe third party groups can…)
She’s ardently anti-abortion and also very interested in drilling for oil in her state’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
What do you think? Pretty great to see a woman on the ticket, huh? Think she’ll scoop up all the PUMAs from Barack Obama?