The ex-mayor of Wasilla
There are lots and lots of good attack lines on GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin - not least that she is an off-the-scale conservative - but I'm not sure it is wise to focus on mocking her for having been "mayor of a town of 9,000 " as Democrat spinners have.
Surely rather a lot of American voters, particularly in rural bits of swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, and in the western states that Obama thinks he can make a breakthrough in, live in towns this size or smaller? Won't attacking the size of the place she is from reinforce a perception that the Democrats, with a ticket headed by a man from Chicago, are the party of the liberal big cities and "don't get" the values of smalltown America?
I've checked out the facts from the last US census and the numbers are as follows:
21% of the US population live in rural areas i.e. settlements of fewer than 2,499 people
a further 1.5% live in villages of 2,500-4,999 population
9% live in Wasilla size small towns of 5,000-49,999
10% live in middle-sized towns of 50,000-199,999
58% live in large towns and cities of over 200,000