Andrew Sullivan is worrying about Palin.
My hope, of course, is that this a) forces what was once a serious governing party to nominate a responsible fiscal conservative in the primaries and fight back against the madness; or b) drives every last sane conservative to realize they have no choice but to back Obama; or c) that Palin so alienates the GOP elites by primary challenges that they somehow manage to quash her and she runs as a "rogue" third party George Wallace style candidate, and helps re-elect Obama by an electoral college landslide.
Although I think he has a point or three, my own feeling is that Sarah Palin will ultimately be known for having driven a stake through the heart of the contemporary Republican party.
But I think he misses something. Sarah Palin is a tool not of the rebellious, diffuse Tea Party but of corporate America. Corporate America owns the media and the media have invested in becoming the de facto political leaders of what was once a democracy.
I suspect that Sullivan and I would argue long and hard about the role he (a conservative) and multitudes of liberals play in supporting Palin. On the one hand, we decry the hold the media have on us but, on the other hand, we pay them to do it. Does that make sense? As long as we use the most corrupt commercial media, we are supporting it. We support it through ratings. We pay directly through the front door (subscriptions, fees). We pay no less directly through the side door (advertised products underwriting the news and view).