Sarah Palin, the Jesse Jackson of the GOP

How can a telegenic woman with a fervent following in the party, fundraising skills and a greater ability to fire up a Republican audience than any other GOP politician be such a liability? It’s not just because she’s unelectable as a presidential candidate.

Many leading Republicans and Democrats are, for one reason or another. The problem is, Palin doesn’t know she’s unelectable, and neither do her followers…

It was impossible for a white politician to say what then-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry articulated, rather cruelly: Jackson had never run anything but his mouth.

For the same reason, if Palin chooses to run in 2012, no Republican will be able to go negative on her without losing the right-wing Christian populists who flocked to her rallies in 2008.