As for the news itself, I don't know enough about Gov. Palin to comment in any but the most general terms--although if I may be facetious, she does seem sort of like Diet Hillary with a Twist (sorry, but that line was too good to pass up). In general terms, it does make the election a bit more interesting, in that whichever side wins it will be historic and momentous and unprecedented, etc.
I don't mean to minimize the significance of these nominations; they are magnificent and ground-breaking (or ceiling-shattering, if you prefer). And yet, I can't help but think of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, the anniversary of which was yesterday, in which he exhorted us to judge people "by the content of their characters"--not by the color of their skin, and not by their childbearing-capacity or lack thereof.
So here's what I propose: let's set a day aside, say oh...September 6th, and let's all go out and cheer and congratulate ourselves and one another for the great strides we've made toward a truly equitable society. And then let's not mention the race or sex/gender of any the candidates again for the duration of the election. In fact, let's not mention it after the election either; the game of Who's the Most Wretchedly Oppressed is one that no one can ever really win.
For myself, I still support Barack Obama, because he is a man after my own heart; or if that is not so, then he is the kind of person I want to be.