I don't know who devises and disseminates the GOP's talking points, but they're brilliant. And since brilliance is not a quality that I readily associate with Michael Steele, I'm guessing it's Roger Ailes.
I don't believe Sarah Palin will become president but if, God forbid, she does, I expect that the neocons would be disappointed. As untutored as she is, she is no dummy. And she does not like being handled.