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Sarah Palin 101

With George W. Bush raising money for a policy institute at SMU, the Washington Post's Richard Cohen suggest he do something more "constructive—establish the Institute for the Study of Sarah Palin." At this institute, Cohen writes, scholars might study "how she was chosen by John McCain," and why McCain—faced with the "absolute proof of abominable judgment" she represents, "has not repaired to a monastery and taken a vow of silence." Perhaps the institute might find that Palin's nomination "represents the exact moment important Republicans gave up on democracy" since she was "seen as an empty vessel who could be controlled by her intellectual betters.” And, Cohen suggests, the institute could "mull what she represents," given her high favorability rating among Republicans. "If she's a comer," he concludes, "then we're all goners."