The experience issue. I sure hope this sinks the McCain/Palin ship (reports from the Republican homeland indicate this may be a deal-breaker, especially among male fiscal conservatives), but if the pundits on the right start arguing that Palin has nearly as much experience as Obama, I'm going to be very upset. Obama's experience in political office may not be great, but he has had his head in weighty national and international issues for decades. In stark contrast, salon.com reports that Palin hasn't even thought about the most pressing foreign policy issue of this election: "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq."
Social issues. Palin is a nightmare when it comes to social issues: staunchly pro-life, proponent of intelligent design curriculum, NRA member. The question is whether as VP she will be visible enough and hold out enough promise to mobilize and turn out the socially conservative base and the religious right. And what of the uber-conservatives who believe women should be subservient to their husbands?
Women. I could be totally off here, but I really don't see Hillary supporters defecting to support a pro-life, evangelical, NRA member. But then, I never knew any of these supposedly bitter, Obama-hating women and continue to believe that they are a media-generated myth. All the Clinton supporters I know are loyal Dems who would never ever support someone like Palin.
Swing workers. Maybe the greater threat could be her appeal to moderate workers who don't feel strongly about social issues but feel alienated by Obama's supposed elitism. (Have I mentioned that I hate David Brooks and his stupid speech to the delegates?) Nevermind that the whole reason McCain's POW days are so well documented is that the North Vietnamese considered him an elite...
Also, who the hell names their kids Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig?!?!
Just my uninformed first thoughts. What do y'all think?