David Brooks has a really good idea:
[L]et’s all stop paying attention to Sarah Palin for a little while. I understand why liberals want to talk about her. She allows them to feel intellectually superior to their opponents. And members of the conservative counterculture want to talk about her simply because she drives liberals insane. But she is a half-term former governor with a TV show. She is not going to be the leader of any party and doesn’t seem to be inclined in that direction.
The Sarah Palin phenomenon is a media psychodrama and nothing more. It gives people on each side an excuse to vent about personality traits they despise, but it has nothing to do with government.
She is in 2010 what Jerry Falwell was from the mid-1990s until his death — a conservative cartoon inflated by media. Evangelicals used to say that Falwell had three main constituency groups — ABC, CBS and NBC.
Sounds like a great idea, but it won’t happen. She makes for good fodder for the cable networks either as a someone to bash on MSNBC, or someone to heap unnecessary and undeserved praise upon on Fox News Channel.
And, as always, she makes for great blog material.
On the whole, though, I think Brooks is right about Palin’s real role in the party. She’s a rabble-rouser, not a leader, and certainly not the kind of person who can build a winning coalition the way Reagan did.