Why no showdown with Olby? Because Olby doesn’t have conservatives on, silly. That would give them a chance to fire back.
A nice point scored by Ziegler halfway through about the incentives big media creates for Republicans to bash Palin. You’ll be interested to know, incidentally, that the ‘Cuda has her first challenger for the governor’s seat in 2010: Bob Poe, a guy whom The Hill regards as a serious threat. True? We’ll see, but Baseball Crank is right that whoever emerges as nominee will be positively swimming in nutroots dough.