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The Republicans’ Palin problem

Sarah Palin may have enraptured the party faithful, but the Republicans will condemn themselves to a long time in the wilderness if they allow her to run in 2012

By Erik Tarloff   December 2008

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Unlike her vanquished running mate, the governor of Alaska is not going gently into that good night.

Plucked out of obscurity by a desperate John McCain, Sarah Palin was initially not much more than a Rorschach ink blot onto which observers could project their own imaginings. No one in the other 49 states knew anything substantive about her (most didn’t even know her name). But the politically-savvy operatives of the religious right were aware, through their grapevine, that she was one of them; they knew her opposition to abortion was categorical…

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