The entire Palin Phenomenon is so transparent and craven and crassly designed to make the media chase its own tail, that I’ve been attempting to exercise restraint in my Palin blogging. But please, please read my colleague Katha Pollitt’s fine meditation on the topic. And then chase that with Rebecca Traister’s equally deft skewering.

And then cogitate on the fact that while Palin was Mayor of Wasilla, the town charged rape victims between $500 and $1200 for rape kits. The practice was so odious, the state legislature passed a bill banning the practice.