Despite quite a bit of speculation that she would be a good pick beforehand, Democrats claimed that McCain picked Palin at the last minute as an act of desperation, even some on the right characterize it as a Hail Mary pass.
As I argued before his pick, McCain was actually going to win whoever he chose and that he should make an unconventional pick to help the party in the long run.
I looked first to Bobby Jindal, but Sarah Palin was also on my list. In the last two weeks, both of these two have proven that they are going to be forces to be reckoned with on the national scene for some time to come.
I can easily see a Palin/Jindal ticket in 2016, perhaps even in 2012.
Bottomline- John McCain by picking Sarah Palin did something absolutely fantastic for the future of the Republican party. No longer will we be easily categorized as that bunch of old/middle aged guys.