For all the focus on Pawlenty, Romney and Lieberman, Palin was the leading candidate by the beginning of last week. Davis had spoken with her a number of times. The McCain camp had reviewed everything it could find on her, including videotapes of her public speeches and interviews. "She makes a great speech," one adviser observed [emphasis mine; reporting by Dan Balz & Robert Barnes, "Palin Made an Impression from the Start," Washington Post, 2008.08.31, p. A01.].
Good to know that we'll hear no more campaign ads (or blog comments) from the McCain's supporters about youth, lack of public service, lack of foreign policy experience, or the dangers or excellent public-speaking skills.