Fear of a Palin Planet
Ed Morrissey, one of the smartest rightbloggers around, is nonetheless prone to writing things like this about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s made-for-US Weekly feud with David Letterman:
Letterman and his ilk can continue to make all of the coverage about Palin revolve around her daughters, forcing her to respond and to look less serious as a politician … if enough of them do it, the downside for her attackers will be small, and the upside will be to kneecap Palin before she can threaten Democrats in a future election.
Do any Democrats actually fear Palin as a national candidate anymore? We’re talking about the first woman on a Republican ticket that got only 43 percent of the female vote, the lowest in a two-way presidential race since, I believe, 1964. If anything, I think Democrats will regret anything that eliminates Palin from a 2012 primary, where should would drain the oxygen from all other candidate coverage while battling (perhaps unsuccessfully) a party establishment that considers her unreliable and unelectable.