CZ...here's a link that seems to give some information (I don't know if its accurate) about the process that resulted in Palin being selected as the McSame's running mate:
Last Sunday, 24 hours after Mr. Obama announced his running mate, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, Mr. McCain met with his senior campaign team at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Phoenix. By then, campaign advisers said, the group had long decided that Mr. McCain's "experience versus change" argument against Mr. Obama had run its course, to the extent that it had worked at all.
http://www.truthout.org/article/conserv ... -lieberman
At the same time, Mr. Obama's coming acceptance speech before a stadium of about 80,000 people (and what turned out to be a television audience of nearly 40 million) loomed large. As much as the campaign was publicly dismissing Mr. Obama as a celebrity in a rock-star setting, the concern was that his command of such a large crowd on the last night of the Democratic convention would give him the aura of a president.
In any case, one campaign adviser said, Mr. McCain hated running as the wizened old hand of experience. Despite his embrace this year of President Bush and many of the administration's policies, Mr. McCain, a campaign adviser said, still saw himself as the maverick who delighted in occasionally throwing political grenades at his own Party.
Ms. Palin, and not Mr. Pawlenty or Mr. Romney, would reinforce Mr. McCain's self-image, an adviser said. She had a reputation as a reformer in Alaska, she hunted and fished, and she had once belonged to a union. Just as crucial, Ms. Palin, 44, was beloved by the party's religious base but did not come off as shrill. "She's conservative," Mr. Black said, "but she's not an ideologue."
After Mr. McCain contacted Ms. Palin, Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Salter met with her on Wednesday in Flagstaff, Ariz. It was not until the following morning that she traveled to Sedona to meet with Mr. McCain, who then sat down with her for his only interview of a potential running mate.
Within hours if not minutes after the interview was concluded, Ms. Palin had the job.
However, if McSame thought his choice of Palin would draw away from Obama those Dems who had supported Hillary Clinton in any signiifcant numbers, he's got another think coming:
[url=http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003844485]Surprise? First Two National Polls Find Palin Gains LESS Support from Women