John McCain's vice presidential choice, Sarah Palin, is young, cheerful and bright. She is in the running for the second highest office in our great nation. There is just one problem. When Sarah Palin speaks, suddenly I am at a PTA meeting and she is the giddy, cookie-cutter mom, addressing the naive parents in the masses.

It's easy to see why Sen. McCain chose her as his running mate. Politics aside, her background and lifestyle will appeal to suburban mothers and the gun-hugging conservatives that McCain will need come November. Albeit her cheerful appearance, and optimistic and understanding persona, I would not feel secure with this self-proclaimed "hockey mom" holding office in Washington.

Stephen Cox