On the one hand ... I do believe that Palin's nomination is an insult to women, and there's a lot to be said about this as a Rovian switcheroo. She's a match for Hillary -- uh huh. :roll:
On the other ... The speculation about the youngest child, verisimilitudinous as it sounds, is really a mistake imho. If it's true, then yes, Palin has lived a lie, just as John Edwards lived a lie. They didn't do anything wrong in the first place, but then they were asked stupid questions that are endemic to North American culture (Quebec and Mexico excepted, lagatta) and they were stupid enough to start off by lying, as most people do when quizzed about their sex lives in public. Bill Clinton did that too, although Clinton actually did something wrong (power relationship).
If the Palin story is true, it's still not that unusual in many cultures. Palin's husband is part Yup'ik, and if the family want to cope that way, what's wrong with that?
Palin herself is a public problem for reasons that we can describe politically. Mostly, I think that she will just be blown away, either by a scandal that I don't consider scandalous or for the better reason, that she's such a lightweight. If I'm wrong, then North America is sicker than I thought.