Sarah PalinI don’t know any native Alaskans. I know maybe a dozen people who have lived there at one time or another, but nobody who actually grew up there. Consequently, I don’t know what an Alaskan — a real Alaskan — actually sounds like. And it’s a pretty big place. I’m sure to the native ear, somebody from Fairbanks sounds very much unlike a person from Juneau.

When McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his running mate, I was genuinely shocked. She sounds like she’s from the wilds of Wisconsin! I can just imagine her swearing in ceremony next January (in the bizarro universe where she and McCain actually manage to win this thing, of course).

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same: that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God. Oh, ya, sure.

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