I don't agree with Peggy Noonan too often, but I have to agree when she rips Sarah Palin a new asshole over Palin's assertion that her doing a reality TV show in any way relates to Ronald Reagan's Hollywood career:
"Excuse me, but this was ignorant even for Mrs. Palin. Reagan people quietly flipped their lids, but I'll voice their consternation to make a larger point. Ronald Reagan was an artist who willed himself into leadership as president of a major American labor union (Screen Actors Guild, seven terms, 1947-59.) He led that union successfully through major upheavals (the Hollywood communist wars, labor-management struggles); discovered and honed his ability to speak persuasively by talking to workers on the line at General Electric for eight years; was elected to and completed two full terms as governor of California; challenged and almost unseated an incumbent president of his own party; and went on to popularize modern conservative political philosophy without the help of a conservative infrastructure. Then he was elected president."
Palin's too much of a dolt to take the point, but she better get ready because the long knives are coming out for her now that she is the (incorrectly) presumptive front-runner for the Republican nomination in '12. I think Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee will ultimately win the nomination, and I'm willing to bet two things here and now: Either of them has a female running mate, and that female is NOT Sarah Palin but instead someone more broadly accepted like Condoleeza Rice (bonus points for not being white).