"It is pretty audacious for the Obama campaign to say that Governor Palin is not qualified to be vice president . . . She has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and achieving results. Senator Obama has spent his time in office running for president," said Tucker Bounds, a McCain campaign spokesperson.
McCain himself has acknowledged that there's more riding on his choice of running mates, given his age.
Going with Palin strips McCain of one potentially powerful argument: He will not be able to effectively belittle Obama's lack of experience when he chose for No. 2 someone without a hint of a foreign-policy credential.
But it's Obama -- not McCain -- who has sought to elevate his life story and biography into qualification.
And -- as with Obama's selection of Biden as his running mate -- it's a biography that excites the base around stories as yet to be told.