Palin's nasty one-liners aren't resonating at a time when peoples' bank accounts are flat lining. Cutthroat politics don't work as well when people are cutting back on gas and groceries. In a time of grave economic harm, one needs more than folksy charm.
"Although the platform is not emphasizing same-sex marriage, if you look around you'll see that the sky has not fallen. The bigots are still bigots but mainstream people do not feel threatened by same-sex marriage," said Kaplan, a Massachusetts DNC delegate.