Do you bother trashing someone you don't worry will ever succeed? Do you spend any time concentrating on someone who is no threat? Who do you focus your energy on? Is it your strongest competitor? Your worst nightmare? The evil that could come to pass or the one that is recognized by all around you as little more than a childhood bogieman? You reserve your efforts for serious threats.
You've heard about it all ready, I'm sure. It runs a cool 10,000 words--that's well beyond the lifetime articulate production of most of my students. It is a monumental collection of pseudo-damaging quotes, hearsay and innuendoes. Read it for yourself:
Vanity Fair Fills the Void With the Barracuda of Wasilla
I don't know what they are afraid of. But quite clearly Governor Palin remains high on their threat list. Why do you suppose that might be? She's attractive, vibrant, young, conservative, successful in an executive position, outside the Beltway, connected to the heartland and realistically (not idealistically) familiar with conservation, preservation and natural resources. She's not Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Ginsberg, Clinton(s), Kennedy or anyone like them.
Is she the future of the GOP? I kind of doubt it. I don't see them getting out of their "good ol' boy" cycle of back-slappers, insiders, glad-handers and philanderers. Too bad. We could do worse. And, they are scared of her.