From the Newsweek article on the election comes this dialogue between Todd Palin and McCain’s campaign aide Mark Salter:
Salter tried to strike up a conversation. He knew that Todd was half native Alaskan and a championship snow-machine racer.
“So what’s the difference between a snowmobile and a snow machine, anyway?” Salter asked. “They’re the same thing,” Todd replied. “Right, so why not call it a snowmobile?” Salter joshed. “Because it’s a snow machine,” came the reply.