How Far Will Sarah Palin Go?

Sarah Palin became the election's most controversial and — for some — compelling figure. Why her next step could be the top of the 2012 ticket

Charlie Neibergall / AP

Sarah Palin may have to reinvent herself yet again to make another run for national office.

Update Appended: Nov. 6, 2008

Of all the torn scraps of conventional wisdom being swept up and thrown away after the election, here's one that may be the most discredited of all: Americans don't vote based on the vice-presidential nominee. From the moment Sarah Palin finished her incandescent speech at the Republican National Convention to the late-October New York Times/CBS News poll in which a third of respondents said the choice of Vice President would have a "great deal of influence" on their vote, it was clear that Palin was a transformative figure. In short, she single-handedly...

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