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Palin in Dayton

She has a lot to prove, but that was a good start. Pawlenty would have been a safer pick and Romney would have been the safest of all. Palin is a gamble — I see her as high risk/high reward. She’s possibly the one choice that can be described as both conservative and maverick. The McCain campaign’s attack on B.O.’s lack of foreign policy experience now will have to shift to B.O.’s lack of foreign policy judgment. This is certainly the line Palin will have to take with Biden, when they debate.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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