I love the idea of Sarah Palin. She conforms to an early American ideal of womanhood: rifle on one hip, baby on the other. The problem is that the the idea of Sarah Palin does not match the reality of Sarah Palin.
I had no idea Palin would change the dynamic of the election like this. There are 3000 enthusiasts waiting in the rain with me in Lebanon, Ohio, to see her, and a thousand more crowding the barricades behind us.
Bud McFarlane tells me that right now "a friend" of his is working with Palin on foreign affairs. "She's clearly very intelligent," he says. "It's a good sign she hasn't been afraid to say what she doesn't know. That was Ronald Reagan's strength."
"Each wave of conservative Christian organizing erects more institutional infrastructure in the form of publishing houses, radio and television programs, bookstores... This "institutional thickening" bulks up the network to carry it through divisive episodes, such as the current one."
Unless intense media scrutiny and the St. Louis debate destroy her credibility -- and it's going to take a lot more than bridges, polar bears and an abusive brother-in-law to have any sway in the Buckeye State -- Sarah Palin has suddenly put Ohio seriously into play for John McCain.