1. Sarah Palin says something stupid.
2. The usual army of smart alec commentators makes a joke out of her.
3. Sarah’s army makes some laughably stupid excuse for why it wasn’t stupid.
4. Sarah’s followers love her more.
Why this isn’t understood by the ostensibly smart people laughing at Sarah by now is beyond me. It’s not like she is the first politician to play off the resentments of the “silent majority.”
Every time you make a joke at Palin’s expense, Bill Maher, you are just making her more powerful. As long as that’s what you want–as long as you’re willing to play chicken with Palin being a major party’s nominee for President–fine. But if you think this is stopping her, uhhh. No. Also.