John McCain's attempt to sidestep Barack Obama and steal the headlines by choosing Sarah Palin as his Vice-President might be bold and audacious, but it could explode badly in his face if allegations about Mrs Palin are found to be true.
As the BBC reports
"Mrs Palin's electoral chances may be harmed by the fact that she was placed under investigation in Alaska by state lawmakers at the end of July.
She sacked a public safety commissioner and the allegation is that she removed him because he had not fired a state trooper who is Mrs Palin's former brother-in-law, and who is in a custody battle with her sister. "
These are very serious allegations and go to the core of why people distrust politicians and undermines the strength of democratic institutions.
Like Boris Johnson choosing Ray Lewis for a senior role in London, this clever bit of PR by McCain may well make him look like a fool in the coming months.