Even if the media holds back on Palin -- again, it won't, and 2008's basic question of whether she's a blathering idiot will be the least of what she faces in 2012 -- her adversaries will not. She will, for the first time on a national stage, have her qualities and her morals and her past questioned and attacked and investigated not by the other party or the "liberal media," but by her own.
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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.