“just a small town mayor, just a hockey mom, just a beauty pageant queen..”

For the benefit of those suffering political psychosis when contemplating the US Presidential campaigns – Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was not, it seems, a member of the Alaska Independence Party after all – there’s a brief interview with Palin here. And, via the Professor, Christopher Orr at The New Republic offers some timely advice for “those [like himself] inclined to take Sarah Palin lightly”.

Sarah Palin is a living reminder that the ultimate source of political power in this country is not the Kennedy School or the Davos Summit or an Ariana Huffington salon; even now, power emanates from the electorate itself. More precisely, power in 2008 emanates from the working class electorates of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Sooner or later, the Obama camp will realize that the beauty pageant queen is an enormously talented populist in a year that is ripe for populism. For their own sake, it had better be sooner.

Go read the whole thing.