Marc Ambinder has a pretty sharp piece about the problem with media outlets giving Lady Starburst too much play:
Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, has every right to submit an opinion piece on health care to the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page, and they’ve got every right to print it.
But Palin’s existence in this debate does not (a) lend her voice any credibility and, beyond that, even if you believe that her experience as a state governor does give her at least a modicum of credibility, it does not follow that, because her voice is credible, it ought to be influential.
I believe that Sarah Palin is ballot box poison for the Republican party and that making her the face of the party will hasten the party’s well-deserved demise. On the other hand, while I’m all for making fun of all the stupid things she does, taking her seriously as a policy person makes us weak as a nation and as a people. Since I put country first, I think newspapers should stop publishing her ridiculous opinion pieces.
I recommend checking out the comments on Ambinder’s piece. It gives a pretty thorough tour of the various idiotic defenses of Palin, e.g.
All you numbnuts are missing the point: Sarah may not have a PHD, and she may not use Harvard-smarty Lowell House words like “trenchent,” and drink white wine, but she’s lived the life the rest of have lived, and she speaks for us.