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September 08, 2008

NICE V.P. CHOICE, KID. DON'T GET COCKY. Lots of Republicans are excited about the Palin pick. My email is full of stuff (if I missed your email, sorry -- I've been flooded even by my usual drinking-from-a-firehose standards), Memeorandum is overrun with items, and the enthusiasm of the G.O.P. grassroots is at levels that would have seemed impossible just a couple of weeks ago.

But I think that Republicans should be careful about launching a cult of Sarah Palin. She's the V.P. pick, not the head of the ticket. She's still a relative newcomer to national politics. She's virtually sure to commit at least one major mistake between now and November. And -- yes, I know I said this before -- she's the V.P. pick, not the head of the ticket.

The Dems built a cult around Barack Obama. It energized some folks, but it ultimately backfired. Republicans might want to restrain themselves just a bit, here.

UPDATE: Reader James Doherty emails:

I totally agree about not getting cocky, but I do not fear that happening.

Now, if Palin holds a rally for 200,000 Germans and the entire American media unites behind her with praises of leg-tingling proportions, I might change my mind.

Again, I do not fear that happening.

I think you're safe on the leg-tingling unity.

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