When hope meets reality: Obama inspired the country with his campaign, and now he must manage expectations of those swept up by his rhetoric. If progressives want to change the situation, Michael Tomasky submits that complaining about Obama's cojones won't do it (and a response by Katrina Vanden Heuvel). The Senate’s health care calculations: Lawmakers’ opposition to reform generally has less to do with the views of their constituents and more to do with the issue of presidential popularity. Republican senators do an about-face on filibusters. Sarah Palin = Dan Quayle: There's no way she will be president. Christopher Hitchens on Palin's base appeal. A celebrity so big that party politics can't hold her — Scott McLemee takes a look at Going Rouge (and more by Thomas Frank and more by Matthew Continetti and more). Sarah Palin's media enabler: Matthew Continetti has virtually signed on to a 2012 Palin presidential campaign (and more). Max Blumenthal on Lynn Vincent, Palin's gay-bashing ghostwriter, tied to white supremacist groups; and on how Sarah Palin made herself indispensable while destroying the GOP. It's tempting to cheer Sarah Barracuda on as she cannibalizes what remains of the Republican Party, but what of the poison's other effects? (and more) A look at the new wave of female firebrands striking fear into liberal America. Isaac Eiland-Hall, creator of GlennBeckRapedAndMurderedAYoungGirlIn1990.com, is the man who beat Glenn Beck. Roger Kimball on the excommunication of Lou Dobbs: Why do his critics think they're the middle ground? From ADL, a special report: "Rage Grows in America: Anti-Government Conspiracies".

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