Time Magazine has named Sarah Palin number 79 on a list of the 100 most influential people of 2008.
Palin was nominated as running-mate for Republican candidate John McCain in the 2008 U.S. National Election.
Palin, a 45 year old mother of five breathed life into what was a spluttering campaign for McCain who was facing a landslide defeat of historic proportions before selecting his running-mate.
Sarah Palin made the Republican party more attractive, particularly among women; she even attracted some previously Democratic voters whose first allegiance was to Hillary Clinton.
The effect had on the election by Sarah Palin’s inclusion should not be overlooked and, if the Republicans had won, she may have gone down as the most influential VP of all time.Â Sadly for Palin though, the election belonged to Barack Obama and his Democrats, leaving Palin struggling for the recognition she deserved.
Despite the eventual and inevitable failure of the Republican bid in 2008, Sarah Palin remains a revered personality within America’s conservative ranks. Palin continues to represent the Republican Party as the governor of Alaska and will remain one of the most popular politicians in the country amongst Republican voters.