Politics used to be theater, but only in part; now it's hollow hoax. The revelation
that the "populist" Palin is in fact conducting her much-touted bus
tour from a luxury 12-passenger jet that costs $4,000 an hour - enough
to feed how many of the one in four children in America now on food
stamps? - is obscene, though unsurprising. To hear the scary,
hilarious, mind-numbing responses of Ohio fans to why they like the
Great Pretender, go here. For a New Yorker look at the sorry nexus of politics and celebrity that Palin represents, go here.