Check out this refreshing and penetrating analysis of Palin as a politician. Money quote:
Mayor Palin has no goals outside of increasing her own power. She isn’t trying to change the political culture, to protect a set of political values, to make the country stronger or unleash the entrepreneurial spirit. For all his faults of judgment, the unsustainable risks of his brash foreign policy and complete naivetɖshared by almost all of usabout the over-leveraging of our financial sector, George W. Bush did in fact possess a vision about where he wanted to take the country.
What, after all does she believe in, apart from generalities designed to flatter her base and demonize her opponents? My two conclusions: herself and divine destiny.