Palin Marches On

Sharlet: Just so I can be a shmuck and say “I told you so” later, I’m siding with William Kristol in predicting a future for Sarah Palin. The best evidence yet? This strangely amateur post-campaign campaign ad, “Thank You, Sarah Palin.” It’s the campaign equivalent of a self-published book. And, since I recently read bestselling, self-published, evangelical, ultra-amateur author William P. Young’s The Shack, I’m a converted believer in the potential of such endeavors. Check out Young’s webpage, where readers volunteer ideas to other readers on how to spread the word. Young calls it “The Missy Project,” after the murdered little girl at the heart of his story. We might call Palin’s cultural campaign “The McCain Project,” after the demolished candidate at the heart of her story.