1. Unbending ConservativeGo here for the other six reasons, two of which are humorous.
Palin is a long-time, unbending Reagan conservative who has committed to cutting taxes, eliminating some regulations, and generally shrinking the government.
2. Military Hawk
The mother of a soldier in Iraq, Palin is becoming a military hawk. She has repeatedly threatened Iran with sharp language, and some think threats work. And don't forget that she can shoot an elk at 400 yards, so she can back up those threats.
3. Oil Drilling Advocate
The former governor of Alaska is a strong advocate for an energy policy. She wants to produce more domestic energy and buy less overseas. Democrats see her as tough on that issue.
4. Respect of Governors
As governor, she had the respect of other governors and worked well with the state legislature. She might bring a new bipartisan approach to Washington.
Governor Palin also makes Time's list of the 100 most influential people of 2010.
The independent patriotic spirit, attitude and soul of our forefathers are alive and well in Sarah. In the way she lives, what she says and how she dedicates herself to make America better in these interesting times, she represents the good, while exposing the bad and ugly. She embraces the critical duty of we the people by participating in this glorious experiment in self-government. The tsunami of support proves that Sarah, 46, represents what many Americans know to be common and sensible. Her rugged individualism, self-reliance and a herculean work ethic resonate now more than ever in a country spinning away from these basics that made the U.S.A. the last best place.FOOTNOTE: Time also has a list of the 100 least influential people of 2010. One of the entries is Katie Couric in the Flameouts category. It seems her winning USC's Cronkite and Columbia University's duPont awards for her interviews with Sarah Palin didn't impress Joel Stein, Time Magazine or network news viewers. Maybe Stein should have included Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and USC's Annenberg School for Communication in his "Moron" section of the list. Right alongside the Nobel Peace Prize committee.