I keep reading all this foolishness about how Palin has "excited the social conservative base." So what? This is the same "base" that led their leaders right into Terri Schiavo. Hell, Howard Dean excites the Democratic "base." But I think we know that Barack Obama is better standard-bearer. I would just love for these geniuses to make this a race between Obama and Palin. Obama hasn't confused his base for the country. These guys don't seem to know the difference.

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