I have decided not to bother posting my thoughts on Sarah Palin. Frankly, I can't be bothered.
However, here's a question to ponder: if she wasn't a former beauty queen, but rather was a much more average mother of five (but otherwise had exactly the same views, qualifications and experience), would she still have been selected as McCain's running mate?
For that matter, if Obama had a nasty (and obvious) scar from a childhood accident, would he be in serious contention for the position of President? If McCain were in a wheelchair (but otherwise in as good health as he currently enjoys), would he be in serious contention?
Indeed, in the UK, if Gordon Brown had lost one eye, rather than losing the sight in the eye, would he have any chance of being elected as Prime Minister? Indeed, does he stand are real chance of being re-elected, when faced off against the more attractive, smiling Mister Cameron?
I suspect that in all cases the answer is "no".