To begin with, have you noticed that Sarah Palin has in a very real sense BECOME the Republican Party? John McCain has been reduced to her ogling lapdog.
The Ann Coulter thing is terribly interesting, since her values closely mirror the values (or lack thereof) of Palin.
To begin with, Palin's record of environmental protection is obscene. This woman simply loves to kill. Alaska's animal population was in constant danger not only from her guns, but also from the guns (often in airplanes) of her animal hating soul mates.
However, the politically probable reason she was picked may well blow up in the face of the entire Republican structure. She was picked most of all, not because of her "appearance", but because she's a fundamentalist religious fanatic (a fundie).
Naturally, the fundies are delighted, but fanatics have a way of losing their cool and acting like public jackasses, and Palin, like Couler, just can't keep her mouth shut. She's SO out of her political depth, she still hasn't got it that she can't shoot from the hip about religion.
So please stay very, very alert about this. She's already made some innuendoes about Catholics and some, let's just say, ambiguous remarks about the Jewish faith.
Remember, she thinks she has an absolute hot line to God and therefore ALL "other religions" are at best comic books of the righteous path, if not openly in league with the Devil.
Such a philosophy is NOT going to sell. The more she excoriates and laughs at the World's Religions, is the more she will find herself following John McCain for a change.
The "appearance" thing is a puzzle and must be neutralized. If ANY correlation existed between statesmanship and "good looks", Abraham Lincoln could never have been the standard of American conscience, rationality, and grace.
The best way to deal with this foolishness is to totally ignore it and focus on issues, issues, and nothing BUT issues, because Palin basically doesn't even exist when it comes to the literal life and death challenges and responsibilities to Human Civilization and the planet Earth.
The grade school decisions she has made about such things define her as virulently destructive to all forms of Mother Nature.
She has to be morally and rationally dragged out into the political sunlight so it will be increasingly obvious that she is indeed a clone of Ann Coulter.
The more that association sticks, is the more everyone will have increasing (albeit indirect) insight into the soul of this woman. Ann Coulter/Palin, Sarah Palin/Coulter -- Earth and Democracy haters at their worst.
Lastly, we should dig as deeply as we have to dig to find objective historical evidence of Palin's relentless contempt for the environment.
Palin, in effect, is wearing a "costume" that nearly (but not totally) hides the rotten Coulter clone (and crone) underneath. She's not special, she's as ordinary as it gets if your taste runs to illiterate, environment killing, World Religion hating religious fanatics.
Look, we're fighting for the life of our country and planet. It's time to take the bark off this fancy lady, and the more you do is the more you see (God forbid) Ann Coulter. She's a desecration of the Goddess and hypocrisy incarnate. How could you live with yourself if you had her track record of voting against children, animals, and women -- much less her mindless contempt for our one and only human environment?