Just started reading Todd S. Purdum's Vanity Fair piece about Sarah Palin, and I think the following questions sum up many people's concerns about US politics and Palin's nomination as a whole:
"What does it say about the nature of modern American politics that a public official who often seems proud of what she does not know is not only accepted but applauded? What does her prominence say about the importance of having (or lacking) a record of achievement in public life? Why did so many skilled veterans of the Republican Party—long regarded as the more adroit team in presidential politics—keep loyally working for her election even after they privately realized she was casual about the truth and totally unfit for the vice-presidency?"The rest of the article's pretty good, too.