'fog. I already poo-poo'd your Google trends "evidence" as non sequiter. As for "you can't get exit polled if you don't go to vote"; you DID notice the record voter turnout rates didn't you? Among Independents and Moderate Republicans, Palin was a relatively close 2nd behind the economy as to why they voted for Obama. The question you should ask yourself were these Moderate Republicans voting for Democrat Obama or against Moderate Republican McCain. For the latter, you have to ask yourself why, and Palin becomes the obvious answer. I have a lot of conservative Republican friends and, in the weeks before the election, not one was touting Palin as a a positive to the ticket. It was "McCain this" and "McCain that" with Palin only being acknowledged, when forced, and with obvious embarrassment. Granted, these are all college educated people and I can see how she might appeal to blue collar conservatives, but to those who paid attention to her interviews and the debate, saying she fell flat is a significant understatement. The GOP needs to hope that she is out of the picture in 4 years, or the next election will make this election look close.