What we are witness to here is faith-based campaigning and speechifying. And just as with any other faith-based belief Palin and her fellow Christian literalists hold dear, facts are irrelevant to the narrative. Palin would have to eat her Down Syndrome baby alive on stage before the faith was shaken. And even then, I’m not so sure it would cause much of a ripple in the polls. Republicans now have a reason to believe in themselves again, and her name is Sarah Palin. It neither matters what she is in reality, nor what is her actual record of performance, the McCain campaign’s narrative of Sarah Palin is now calcified beyond rebuke for Republicans who have been wandering in the dark shadows of the Bush administration. Republican faith in their own fiction is a formidable obstacle — an unyielding shield against fact — and it will not be denied its saviour.
September 11, 2008