OK, I know this is above my pay grade, but why did the McCain campaign think that the recipe for Palin last night was “Let Sarah be Sarah!” rather than “Get her to act like a plausible occupant of the Oval Office”? I’ve no doubt, what with all the laying on of winks and the laying off of g’s, that she was laying it on thick, the way George W. Bush does with the Texas drawl when he wants to stir up the down-home folks. But surely the object of this exercise was not to remind the conservative base how much they love her. Why double down on spunk and folksiness (fauxiness?) when there are wars to fight and end and the economy’s going to hell in a handbasket?