I just love Noonan's "It's over."
UPDATE: With a generous hat-tip to Oliver Willis it seems Peggy Noonan's opinion of Sarah Palin has changed drastically . . . in a couple short days (assuming she didn't write this column this morning):
Because [Palin] jumbles up so many cultural categories, because she is a feminist not in the Yale Gender Studies sense but the How Do I Reload This Thang way, because she is a woman who in style, history, moxie and femininity is exactly like a normal American feminist and not an Abstract Theory feminist; because she wears makeup and heels and eats mooseburgers and is Alaska Tough, as Time magazine put it; because she is conservative, and pro-2nd Amendment and pro-life; and because conservatives can smell this sort of thing -- who is really one of them and who is not -- and will fight to the death for one of their beleaguered own; because of all of this she is a real and present danger to the American left, and to the Obama candidacy.
Other than the nonsensical idea that there are "real" feminists on the one hand, and "Yale Gender Studies" feminists on the other (God, what an old, tired bit of crap this is), it seems she is working awfully hard here to gild this particularly rotted lily.
To be blunt - all the evidence suggests Sarah Palin ran Wasilia, and now Alaska, as a thug, silencing critics and opponents, using state resources to carry out personal vendettas, and even trying to ban books in the public library. She is as far out on the extreme right as one can get and still have any hope of success even in as red a state as Alaska. She is no more a feminist than I am a White Supremacist. In a sane world, she would be laughed at, McCain would be laughed at, and Obama would do no campaigning because the laughter at McCain's really stupid pick would continue all the way until Election Day.
Since we don't live in a sane world, we're going to have to put up with, in Peggy's own words, "political bullshit" until then. But, we can still laugh.