You know, my original observation had to do with the oddness of a thread of comments that was as strongly anti-CofS as it was anti-Palin.
That's still my primary observation.
I happen to be in the unique position of having experience with one and having to seriously consider the other, since my future is sort of enmeshed with it.
Relating a personal experience? Foolish of me. I mean, what was I thinking? Ahh, well, I'm no stranger to foolishness. Probably won't be the last time.
On a disrelated note . . .
I do a bit of shooting. Quite rusty, really. Too many years out of the forces. Anyway, I picked it up again a few years back. There have been considerable advances in ammunition technologies and some in the actual design of firearms as well. It took me a couple of years before I didn't feel like a complete ignoramus. I had to spend hours with people who knew the hardware, who could show me how it worked, how to tear it down, how to clean it, how to adjust things. Hours with people who taught safety. More hours with people who taught technique and accuracy. Learning to shoot all over again is a little like learning to drive after a thirty-year hiatus.
So, yes, lots of time and money spent with various experts and more money spent on equipment and practice and assorted supplies. Did I mention that I spent a lot of TIME on this? And then there was legal research. And technical study. Hell, all I wanted to do was have some fun putting holes in targets, and this was starting to be a lot like work.
As I matured in this new (again) sport, I began to encounter a whole stratum of other "experts."
People who had never touched a gun, never mind shot one, were sagely advising me on pros and cons. People whose whole knowledge set was derived from stuff they'd learned from gaming or learned online, pontificating about calibres, powders, bullet design. And an amazing amount of it simply wrong. Just made up. Bizarre stuff.
I was hearing "expert" guidance that directly contradicted my own personal experience, not to mention the words of actual industry personnel.
Over this period of, what is it, four years now? I've learned to sort the wheat from the chaff. I'm far from any sort of expert myself, but I can recognize crap information when it comes my way.
There's just no substitute for hands-on, on-the-ground, up-close-and-personal experience.
There's no substitute for real research.
So. Right, then. Where were we?
Oh, yes, Palin.
I have a robust acquaintance with reality. Don't worry your heads that I will somehow be "hornswoggled" by Palin -- or any of the other, uh, personalities in our politics.
I'm married to a researcher, a digger of dirt, a ferreter of facts. Someone who does exposés of falsified stories in the press. I'm pretty well briefed.
Come the day, I'll vote my (informed) conscience.
Just as you would.