I don't understand? He was elected into the Senate in 1996.
Or do you mean for U.S. Senate? If so he's been in Senate since 04-05. Then announced his canidancy in 07. His one year anniversary was a little while ago. He spent about 2-3 years in the US Senate, which isn't that bad. On a average time scale that is pretty long.
But there is no comparison between him and McCain's VP. Here is Sarah's history in politics:
She became Govenor in the end of 2006 (She basically didn't even start doing anything till 2007). Before that she was mayor and was on a bunch of councils. But don't worry she is republican enough! <b>She helps the oil companies as much as possible!</b>
Further, there is a lot of speculation that McCain might pass away in office (He has already suffered from cancer). Now, if that were to happen, who would you want in Office. A President who has never been involved in ANYTHING outside of her state. Or a president who has been involved in the countries senate, AND has already shown a hint of his cabinent being involved in both foreign affairs, and a lot of experiance (Biden)
i am not sure how you can theorize that this pick loses the election. what this pick does is energize the conservative base that was really not all that thrilled to have mccain as their nominee. this woman's credentials as a conservative are rock solid, and the pick is much more beneficial to his ticket than the standard rich, white guy that has been on every previous republican ticket. what would have doomed his ticket would have been picking romney, liberman, huckabee, or pawlenty. it would have been a case of same old same old versus historic ticket. now it is historic ticket versus historic ticket.
another way that the palin pick gives advantage to mccain is that joe biden, who is an animated and forceful speaker, is not going to be able to debate her with the fervor he would have used against a man. a man's debate manner versus a woman is EXTREMELY important, just as rick lazio on that. picking palin to debate biden essentially muzzles and leashes him. if he is viewed as having gone too far in a debate against her, it will hurt him.
even in the span of less than one day, the pick has already flummoxed the democrat ticket twice as i can see it. when the pick was first announced, spokespeople from his campaign immediately mocked her record and experience. what happened to not engaging in the politics of personal destruction? it was a mere two hours before obama and joe appeared on camera stating that sometimes campaigns are hair trigger, and that they compliment mccain's pick. this was a two hour flip flop. the second way the pick flummoxed them is this. if i hadn't watched obama's speech last night three times, well then i woulda missed it and all analysis of it, because the only thing on the news today was sarah palin.
lastly, i would just like to say that i am a political independent. when i was 21, i registered as a democrat, but i became disillusioned with the clinton presidency and switched to republican. since then i have become totally disillusioned with that party, and i registered independent. my only political goal is to preserve the country i grew up in and love. i was impressed with obama's speech, but i would have liked more red meat as they say. i am also impressed with mccain's pick. this is going to be a very exciting election.