Palin would be crushed in a national election. She, unlike Barack Obama, doesn't possess the ability to obsfucate her lack of experience and expertise with rhetorical brilliance. That, and the media loves Barack Obama. Palin would be scrutinized with an intensity never before witnessed in politics and Obama would, once again, be given a free ride to the White House. The GOP shouldn't hitch their 2012 wagon to Palin.