What? When did this this become a vitriolic exchange? What I said should be pretty apparent to anyone who wasn't oblivious to the 2008 political environment and the parties' respective stables: it wasn't a partisan statement in the least. If simply running a black man was the way to win the West, it would have been done long ago. Obama was the best guy regardless of race. Was Palin the best VP candidate regardless of demographic preferences? No, of course not. Therefore, only one could be branded a gimmick. I don't think you understand things quite as rationally as you may believe considering you got pissy at the mere mention of the (objective) fact that Obama was our best guy regardless of demographic considerations and that Palin was not your best VP candidate. If this simple statement comes off as anything but a simple fact, you're just not very bright. And here I was thinking you had actually graduated to rational thought.