No question, Sarah Palin is the Republican Democrats love to hate. They sense in her the small-town, outsider appeal that they find threatening. She scares them.
That’s why liberals spend an inordinate amount of time lamenting that she’s not ready for prime time or that poor old unsophisticated Sarah appeals to hayseed conservatives, but otherwise has no possible appeal that could grow the Republicans’ conservative majority into an electoral majority.
I’ve seen her before crowds. Admittedly, the crowds were Republican. And one in Middle Georgia was both Republican and Red State. But she has an energy and a connection that few politicians can match. She’s just as appealing as “former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin” as she would be a “Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.” Give her three years for the people south of Alaska to see and hear her and she’ll be the Oprah of the conservative movement. People like her. People listen. She connects. She’s real. Oprah picks the books people read. Sarah will pick the issues people discuss.
The Left knows that. That’s why she frightens them.