I don't agree with the author at all. Sarah Palin has no national experience whatsoever. We've had 8 years of a "butt-kicker," and look what it's gotten us. And the author has mischaracterized Obama's policy completely. She's throwing around negative buzz-words left and right, without really looking at what policies he's putting forth. I read an article which quoted one man whom she said was her "mentor." As soon as he was no longer able to help her up the political ladder, she turned her back on him. It's apparently been a pattern of hers, according to several people in Alaska. And the "reformer" who ousted at least one politician because he campaigned on government time was guilty of the exact same thing while she was mayor. She pressured the town council to waive zoning violations so she could sell her house. She promised if they did, she would correct the violations later, but she never did. And this "reformer" wanted a bridge to nowhere until it got too hot politically, then she refused to build it, but kept the money. She still supports a similar multi-million dollar bridge to her hometown of less than 9,000 people, even though it would only shave a few minutes off their commute time, and roads in Alaska are a mess. Coincidentally, she and her friends own the land it would go over. To me, that's not being a maverick, either--it really is politics as usual.