It's Down To Her

Having the weekend to digest the Sarah Palin pick and all the hatred aimed at her by the media and the Democrats, I can now say that ultimately it all comes down to her.

We've got the stories of the state trooper investigation, her daughter's pregnancy and all that. The MSM wants us to believe that will affect the voters, it won't. What everything is riding on now is how she will handle herself in her speech tomorrow and her debate with Biden. The media has tried to set her up as someone who will crack under the pressure, but if she weathers the storm, it may be over for Obama. It's the last question to be answered before November.

A TNR spoke to a source in Alaska who says that people underestimate Palin at their peril. Anyone who takes on the Murkowski Machine and defeats them in a route is not to be taken lightly.

Now this may be McCain spin, but here's what an aide told Bill Kristol: (Hat tip: Hot Air)

McCain aides whose judgment I trust are impressed by Sarah Palin. One was particularly amused by this exchange: A nervous young McCain staffer took it upon himself to explain to Palin the facts of life in a national campaign, the intense scrutiny she'd be under from the media, the viciousness of the assault that she'd be facing, etc.:

Palin: "Thanks for the warning. By the way, do you know what they say the difference is between a hockey mom and a Pit Bull?"
McCain aide: "No, Governor."
Palin: "A hockey mom wears lipstick."

I hope that's true, and it's what I mean when I say it's down to her. If she is as tough as she says, the GOP will be celebrating come election day.