Before I go into deep hibernation in my “Palin-News-Free” hyperbaric chamber, I can’t help but acknowledging this sinking feeling that the upcoming election will be utterly devoid of any actual substantive discussion of issues and policies while we all delight in our varying ideas of how “hot” Sarah Palin is. The whole thing is starting to resemble an old Hollywood movie: A spunky, regular American suddenly finds herself thrust into the national spotlight. She gets feted by the press and adored by the masses who race to any sign of novelty. Eventually, Claude Rains sits down with some other power brokers and tries to destroy her hopes and dreams. But then she triumphs in the end … The question is, will it turn out to be a Frank Capra movie with an uplifting populist ending (populist in the weird conservative sense of moose-hunting, procreation and procreationism combined with antichoice, antiscience, anti-endangered species, anti-global-warming) or will it have some tinge of irony in the way of a Preston Sturges movie. I.e., Mr. Smith Goes to Washington or Hail the Conquering Hero.