If the price of SNL whacking Obama like this:
...are hit jobs on Palin like this...
...then I like our chances for 2010 and 2012.
The 2010 elections are going to be a referendum on the Obama presidency, not Sarah Palin's book tour. As far as 2012 goes: I've always loved Sarah Palin and still do. I hope she rakes in millions of dollars with her book sales and speaking fees. But she has never won a single vote in any GOP primary and, if Mike Huckabee runs, she probably never will.
I'm sure she'll show up at a ton of the 2012 cattle calls, but that does convince me she is in it to win it. Instead she'll be a constant lightning rod ... cat nip for the Palin-haters at The Atlantic and MSNBC. So if beating up on Sarah allows the Jon Stewart's and SNL's to take some honest shots on Obama every once in a while, then I hope Palinmania never dies.