A reader writes:
I'm from the 10th Congressional District of Massachusetts (the Cape, Islands, and South Shore of Boston), where Jeff Perry is running on the GOP ticket, and despite this district being a relatively Republican place by Massachusetts standards, Sarah Palin is not popular here. To say the least. Indeed, it is full of precisely the middle-class suburbanites who found her wholly unqualified in 2008 and broke for Obama (my moderate Republican home town voted Obama by a few hundred votes out of ten thousand cast); they may be unhappy with the Democrats today, and many are Chamber of Commerce GOP types anyway, but they like their public officials minimally competent and to at least feign sanity. That precludes Palin.
So, in short, it doesn't take much political courage for Perry to call Palin out; indeed, his electoral viability relies on keeping her out of sight and out of mind.