I don't want to dwell too much about this Sarah Palin nomination thing, and by now, it is almost old news. But I found this great opinion article by Judith Warner in (where else) the New York Times: The Mirrored Ceiling.
"But shouldn’t a woman who is prepared to be commander in chief be intimidating? Because of the intelligence, experience, talent and drive that got her there? If she isn’t, at least on some level, off-putting, if her presence inspires national commentary on breast-pumping and babysitting rather than health care reform and social security, then something is seriously wrong. If she doesn’t elicit at least some degree of awe, then something is missing."
Seriously, anyone in power should be awe-inspiring, sharp, and smart.