If Palin Hadn’t Been VP Nominee

In today’s New York Times, Ross Douthat talks about what might have become of Sarah Palin’s political fortunes:

“Had she refused John McCain, Palin would still be a popular female governor in a Republican Party starved for future stars. Her scandals would be the stuff of local politics, her daughter’s pregnancy a minor story in the Lower 48, her son Trig’s parentage a nonissue even for conspiracy theorists. There would still be plenty of time to ease into the national spotlight, to bone up on the issues, and to craft a persona more appealing than the Mrs. Spiro Agnew role the McCain campaign assigned to her.

“Most important, nobody would have realized yet how much she looks like Tina Fey.”

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