Maggie & Ronnie, meet Sarah

Slated on Backbone Radio, Sept. 7 Listen every Sunday, 5-8pm on 710 KNUS, Denver... 1460 KZNT, Colorado Springs... and streaming live at

Rudy Giuliani's powerful RNC speech on "Suppose you were hiring someone" was a primer for voters on the contrast between Kid Obama and Maverick McCain. But if we imagined the same situation for McCain himself as a readiness test for the presidency, the Republican nominee just aced it. In selecting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for his running mate, McCain made the most insightful and impactful personnel pick for America's future since President Bush tapped Gen. Petraeus to turn around the war in Iraq. The self-described "pit bull with lipstick" has put new teeth in Mac's reform campaign and brought star quality rivaling Obama's own. Palin's brilliant acceptance speech topped Rudy's high-energy warmup act and cheerfully bloodied the opposition. Look out, America. She's here.

Sarah Barracuda is the best thing to happen on the right since 1980. She has the backbone of the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, along with the wishbone and funnybone of our own Gipper, Ronald Reagan. Ronnie from on high and Maggie from her honored retirement in Britain must both have been beaming as Palin electrified the delegates on Wednesday night.

So hold off on Barack's coronation. This is going to be a heckuva race after all, and those styrofoam Greek columns could have to stay in storage for good. Come Nov. 5, the ex-community organizer may wish he'd been a mayor instead -- someone with actual responsibilities.

This Sunday on Backbone Radio, we'll talk about both conventions, RNC and the now-overshadowed DNC, with some great guests including Kate O'Beirne of National Review... former Gov. Bill Owens... Mike Littwin of the Rocky Mountain News... and two Colorado GOP delegates just home from St. Paul, Kathleen LeCrone and Debbie Brown.

Author Peter Schweizer will also be along to focus the lessons of his new book, "Makers and Takers," on the conservative-liberal showdown of this fall's campaign. You can get course credit just for memorizing his Palinesque subtitle: "Why Conservatives Work Harder, Feel Happier, Have Closer Families, Take Fewer Drugs, Give More Generously, Value Honesty More, Are Less Materialistic and Envious, Whine Less...And Even Hug Their Children More than Liberals."

Is it just me, or has politics gotten to be more fun since Obie visited Berlin and McCain phoned Alaska? Join us for one of our best-ever shows and find out.

Yours for caribou on the menu, JOHN ANDREWS