To be honest, I didn't know too much about her (
if true, it's an interesting response by the Republican party to the Democrat's theme of "Change" or as Jim points out in the comments section, "it's not a response to 'change' as much as it's a response to gender issues").
Sarah Heath Palin (born February 11, 1964) is the current Governor of Alaska, and a member of the Republican Party. She is the first female governor of Alaska, its youngest, and is the first governor born after Alaska achieved statehood. Brought to statewide attention because of her whistleblowing on ethical violations by state Republican Party leaders, she won election in 2006 by first defeating the incumbent governor in the Republican primary, then a former Democratic Alaskan governor in the general election.