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Sarah Palin was a nervy choice for John McCain’s vice-presidential nominee, and— nervy being right on the edge of the nerves—it makes me edgy.

Palin has a lot of possibilities, which is another way of saying that the public’s perception of her could break either way. There is an enormous chance of appealing to voters in her, but she also offers the media an opportunity to paint her as a nut or as a fool. Dan Quayle was another such candidate, and by the time the newspapers got through with him, he looked like a bumbling idiot.

Count me nervously pleased with this choice.



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