John McCain aggressively courts all-important hockey mom vote

The Associated Press reports that "John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin," and we giggled because we're that immature. We'll leave whether or not she's the right vice presidential candidate for the real experts to decide; right now, she still trails far behind another prominent Palin as far as impact on our daily lives.

What we do know about Palin: She's a hockey mom. To the point where author Kaylene Johnson pimped that fact in her book "Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down." Palin's son Track (Middle name: Enfield) played for the Alaska Avalanche Junior A team and then a AAA midget team in Michigan before leaving to become an infantryman in the U.S. Army last September.

Let's face it: Soccer moms are sooooooooo 1996. Hockey moms are where it's at in 2008. They're more dedicated, they're more antagonistic (video not available, but you've seen it) and, in some cases, they're just plain hotter.

(Side note: Is the movie too obscure for news organizations to use "Mystery, Alaska" in headlines today about an obscure VP pick?)

Actually, McCain had two good choices to boost his hockey cred: Hockey mom Palin and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who not only plays the game but famously joked that his wife was more likely to watch a hockey game than have sex with him. Which might be one reason why he won't be at McCain's side today ...

Of course, if hockey cred meant anything when it comes to the White House, things might have turned out a bit differently for John Kerry.

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