Sarah Palin's main obstacle is from republicansThere is a lot of opinion on the right that takes Sarah Palin lightly, even making fun of her. While a lot of this might be due to misogyny (after all, there must be a reason we have never had a female president) the rest of the criticism is, to me, eerily reminiscent of the early reaction to Ronald Reagan's candidacy.
Those of us old enough to have voted for Reagan remember how the left and the media, and even some in the republican establishment ridiculed him. An ACTOR fer crissakes! Many grass roots republicans were unsure of him also, but once he was nominated the jibes and caricature melted in the face of his down home common sense and the fact that we all knew that he was a lot like us. He was nothing like any politician we had ever seen before. Then he demolished Carter in the debates, and it was all downhill racing from there.
So go on republicans, keep equivocating about Sarah - it will only make her stronger. She may have a ways to go to be able to challenge the empty suit for the White House, but like Reagan, her biggest battle will be against the old men of the republican party - after three and a half years of bald-faced statist rule, America will welcome her far easier - and sooner - than the old guard of the republican party. They have power to protect, and Sarah is not a part of the old boy's power structure on the right. But in the end, politics is all about winning, and winning is all about turnout, and turnout is all about excitement. No doubt Sarah engenders excitement - from both sides.