Palin is on the top of her worlds both the Republican Party and the media universe. Sarah Palins Alaska set a ratings record for a premiere on TLC, attracting nearly five million viewers twice the audience of last months season finale of the blue-state cable favorite, Mad Men. The next night Palin and her husband Todd were enshrined as proud parents in touchy-feely interviews on Dancing With the Stars, the network sensation (21 million viewers) where their daughter Bristol has miraculously escaped elimination all season despite being neither a star nor a dancer. This week Sarah Palin will most likely vanquish George W. Bush and Keith Richards on the best-seller list with her new book. ---- What might bring down other politicians only seems to make her stronger: the malapropisms and gaffes, the cut-and-run half-term governorship, family scandals, shameless lying and rapacious self-merchandising. Could She Reach the Top in 2012? You Betcha On one hand I would be overjoyed if she did run because surely she would lose then again Palin is just what America has been pining for since Reagan. And the embrace of his simplitics answers to all problems, his embrace of know-nothingism the insistence that there are simple, brute-force, instant-gratification answers to every problem, and that theres something effeminate and weak about anyone who suggests otherwise has become the core of Republican policy and political strategy.