I was having a drink yesterday with E.J. Dionne and Todd Gitlin (I'm so liberal sometimes I actually scare myself) when E.J., who in another life probably wrote headlines for Joseph Pulitzer, suddenly, and apropos of nothing much, said of Sarah Palin, "She's a hockey imam!" This was, of course, pure genius. At first I was going to steal it, but we are in the intermediate days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, so no stealing. I was left with a problem, however: What does it, in fact, mean? We couldn't figure that one out; she's a fundamentalist, and so are many imams? Hockey, of a sort, is big in Pakistan? She's a particularly judgmental hockey mom?

No matter. I'm reasonably sure Palin will say something, to the extent that she says anything, in the coming days that will fit the label. 

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.