Frank Rich has this nice line:
If logic applied to Palin’s career trajectory, this month might have been judged dreadful for her. In an otherwise great year for Republicans she endorsed a “Star Wars” bar gaggle of anomalous and wacky losers…
But logic doesn’t apply to Palin. What might bring down other politicians only seems to make her stronger: the malapropisms and gaffes, the cut-and-run half-term governorship, family scandals, shameless lying and rapacious self-merchandising. In an angry time when America’s experts and elites all seem to have failed, her amateurism and liabilities are badges of honor. She has turned fallibility into a formula for success.
I’m not sure I’ll ever watch Star Wars quite the same way again, and if someone doesn’t have a YouTube video of this in the next 36 hours I’ll lose all faith in the hive mind. But Rich raises a good question: what is it about the dynamic of Palin that makes her thrive off personal scandal and unnecessary self-created chaos? Or more to the point, what is it about her fans’ relationship with Palin that lets them take all this and see it as strength?