The Republicans have been spinning John McCain's running mate like mad, everything right down to what kind of glasses she wears. Another more major one doing the rounds is how she's going to cause serious difficulty to the Obama campaign. What a crock is all I can say to that. Sarah Palin is a gift to the Obama campaign, she's bonkers!
Take her views on abortion: I'd Oppose Even If My Own Daughter Was Raped. My copy of The Political Brain (It's great,if you haven't, read it) points out that around 75% of Americans disagree with this viewpoint and support a more balanced view on abortion.
Again on the subject of marriage, I wouldn't be surprised if most Americans have a similar viewpoint. They may be fond of traditional family values, but it's serious stretch to go from that to believing that forcing your 17 year old daughter to marry the man who got her pregnant. Surely most people don't consider that "family values".
She may talk proudly of her views, but she's like the obnoxious bore in the pub, loudly expressing her views for all to hear. No one really agrees with her, but everyone's too polite to tell her to shut up. The Obama campaign shouldn't be polite, they should make it quite clear what they think of her and her views. Almost everyone will thank them for it.