Washington State University and the City of Spokane rejected an offer to host the only vice-presidential debate in 2008 because the vice-presidency just isn't important enough for America's 110th largest city. Now, we have a Republican nominee born in Sandpoint, ID (a mere 75 miles from Spokane), attended North Idaho College (a mere 30 miles away), and attended the University of Idaho (7 miles from WSU). As the Spokesman-Review notes:
On Friday, Sarah Louise Heath Palin -- the current governor of Alaska -- became John McCain’s surprise vice presidential pick.
It's only the second time in history that a former Pacific Northwest resident has made a presidential ticket. Charles McNary of Oregon was Republican Wendell Wilkie's running mate in 1940.
If elected, Palin would be the first Northwest resident to serve as either vice president or president.