Her image is pretty badly damaged and I don't see any real promise of her being a quick study. She has developed the ability to dominate her culture, but the rules for winning support with a folksy presentation don't work as well at the national level. I haven't seen an indication that she can adapt tactics that would need to be radically different to impress and gain support at the national level. From what I understand of her, she is most comfortable when she is in complete control, and her social and political skills make that possible on a smaller scale in rural areas, but it seems to fall apart when dealing with the diversity that is present on the national stage.
My family is rather pro-Palin and I was sent promotional materials to read. Those things that turn me off to Palin are all present in her promo materials. The following was a clincher for me from the book "Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down" by Kaylene Johnson. It describes her early days as Mayor of Wasilla
That is from a book that praises her to the sky describing Palin as Esther and saying her sister's voice is like song.Originally Posted by Johnson on Palin
It is not the Police Chief's job to be loyal to a politician. It is his job to uphold the law. And she made the librarian resign. The librarian? WTF