W.J. Astore: If McCain was the “maverick,” Palin was the “rogue” candidate. She helped to unleash a populist (anti-intellectual) fervor in the Republican party that culminated with Donald Trump.
Charles Hayes: A look at Donald Trump and Sarah Palin offers a clear demonstration of the double standard and implicit gender bias at work in American politics.
Walter Brasch: To understand Donald Trump, who may be the greatest political philosopher in recorded history, is as critical to understanding America’s future as it is to understanding the motivations and philosophies of the creature from the black lagoon.
Walter Brasch: The Tea Party darling may have endorsed Trump not because of any ideological similarities, as both proclaimed, but because she needs media exposure.
Tom Degan: President Sarah Palin? Relax. Even the American people wouldn’t be stupid enough that blithering imbecile to the White House. Ain’t never gonna happen. President Ted Cruz? That’s a different story.
Nia-Malika Henderson: Over the last years, with her reality shows, Palin went the Kardashian route, but now she will add a dash of her early professional life as well, offering up all things Palin via your tablet, phone, or computer.
Tom Degan: For those of us who thrive on the gales of laughter provided to us by Sarah Palin and unintentional comedians like her, these are indeed sweet times to be alive.
Tom Degan: The fact that this blabbering nincompoop was once selected for the second spot on a national ticket defies any sense of rationality. Gee, we do live in wonderful times, don’t we?
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The administration will have to rely on the current offensive initiatives to undue a lot of the bad feelings and misinformation that were established early on – but as the saying goes, better late than never.
Tina Dupuy: It’s a weird balancing act. Republican women are required to enjoy the fruits of feminism while championing every force that’s ever opposed it.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Can the die-hard group hanging out in the kitchen keep the party going? Can Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, and the state-level Tea Partiers keep the music playing and the drinks flowing?
Julie Driscoll: McCain has become unstable and dangerous, and it all stems from his bitterness – and desperate desire for vengeance – because “that one” beat him in 2008, and beat another one just as unpalatable in 2012.
Karen Finney: The ability to connect cold data points to reality gives Biden a real advantage on Thursday night, not the number of times he’s previously debated.