Actually, this is a surprise for most people, myself included. I actually thought it was going to be Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty. Why did John McCain pick her? To appeal to women? I don't know. Is that enough to get Hillary Clinton supporters to switch to McCain? I don't know. If McCain wanted a strong female candidate, I think he should have gone with someone like Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Anyways, have to check my history books, but this might be the first time the Republican ticket has nominated a woman to be vice president.