I'm with Jonathan Chait. In fact, I'm one step further. If it is indeed true that the Obama administration is working for a Palin nomination, then they are not only playing with fire in terms of Obama's political chances. They are behaving reprehensibly, just as reprehensibly as McCain did in picking her for VP. In using her for her image, hoping to galvanize an admittedly annoyingly hard-to-please Left, they are risking her getting actual power. And then, even setting aside her radically right views, we will have a dangerously underinformed, emotionally unstable president. Anything that gets her any power other than TV puffery is an act that must be avoided. To do otherwise is a disgusting cynicism.