A fantastic column from Anne Applebaum nails the Republican choice: between "corrupt big spending Republicans" or the "shallow, hypocritical radicalism" of the Tea Party. It's also a useful reminder of the magical realism of Palin: she ran the most socialist state in the country and yet campaigns as a small government libertarian whose followers stand on their own two feet. In Alaska, they don't:

Taxpayers' money subsidizes everything from Alaska's roads and bridges to its myriad programs for Native Americans. Federal funding accounts for one-third of Alaskan jobs.

Imagine if the Democrats had minimal political talent (I know, but bear with me). Instead of buying into Palin's bullshit, they'd reveal who she actually is: a delusional former socialist who was content to have a third of her state's citizens on the federal payroll. Layer after layer of the Palin onion contain fantasy, lies, and fraud. She is a phony.

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