But make no mistake about it: If Sarah Palin remains as intriguing in early November as she is today, the much heralded massive youth vote for Barack Obama will likely be split apart, leaving Obama with not enough excited youthful voters to counter those in more senior age categories who have been more in the McCain column over the past few months.
This takes me back to what I wrote in the past and continue to believe today: Hillary Clinton, for all of her alleged negatives, could have delivered Barack Obama the kind of "superstar" ticket he needed in order to win the presidency. But Caroline Kennedy and the East Coast Democratic Establishment, once again, could not see past their insular worldview that New England is representative of America as a whole. From Dukakis to Kerry to Biden, the Democratic Party continues to go back to the same throwback region of America to find its top standard bearers.
Now Obama is coming to learn just how bad his judgment may well have been in allowing the likes of Caroline Kennedy, who has never held an elected office or run for anything, to manage his vice-presidential nomination selection process.
Certainly Sarah Palin could collapse as an attractive candidate, taking McCain and the GOP down with her. But as noted before, where is the focus on Biden? Will the media scrutinize the matter of his son the lobbyist as much as they have the actions of Palin's children?
If so, it might not be Palin who wilts, but Biden who seals the deal for a suddenly reinvigorated McCain.