I read it.
Mr. Kalt is wrong. What the Democrats underestimate, is the ability of the Republicans to take advantage of ignorance and of the gullibility of so-called Middle America. I believe it was John Stuart Mill who noted that, "Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives."
Mr. Kalt is either himself ignorant or intentionally distorts the truth when he writes that, "Palin can honestly tell the Convention that while Congress blathered
and dithered about the energy crisis, she actually did something
significant about it." See http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/11/us/politics/11pipeline.html?ref=politics
Does Middle America care that, "Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a
premium on loyalty and secrecy"? According to a recent article, "The governor and her top officials
sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of
e-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that her staff
members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas
seeking public records." For the whole article, see: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html?hp
Middle America might note that such behavior closely resembles that of the current administration. But the knowledge of such a similarity would hardly make a difference. After all, Middle America voted for the current administration twice! It failed to observe that those who decry so-called elitists are the true members of the elite--Gold Coasters and sons of admirals.
But Middle America gets what it deserves. They're the ones who suffer from their votes. Unfortunately, the suffering isn't limited to them.