Palin was hardly a "train wreck" in 2008. When she was nominated McCain's poll numbers shot past Obama's. McCain then stupidly shut down his campaign in order to "fix the economy" from Washington D.C. Meanwhile the liberal establishment media went into overdrive to "bork" Palin. The gullible lemmings went for it enough to cause the McCain-Palin poll numbers to drop behind Obama-Biden's. The media pretended telling Couric she got her news "from many sources" was somehow a gaffe. Ditto for the quizzing on "the Bush Doctrine." Charles Krauthammer (who coined the term) said that it was Charlie Gibson who got it wrong when Palin asked him "in what respect?"