McCain Taps Alaska Guv Sarah "Barracuda" Palin For VP

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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A BEAUTIFUL MIND Palin (Photo: Getty Images) John McCain has responded to Barack Obama's selection of an old crusty guy with boatloads of Washington experience by picking a youthful, inexperienced outsider. The choice of the 44 year-old Alaska governor Sarah Palin is a huge relief to hard-line Republicans who were dreading a pick who was as weak a conservative as McCain, but is being cast by most in the political blowhard class as an extremely risky pick. In part because nobody knows who the hell she is! So let's get to know the Republican VP with some important Sarah Palin facts:

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