At the risk of contradicting myself (it's never stopped me before), an argument can be made that Palin demonstrates that the Israel lobby is alive in the mind of the American polity. People know something's rotten in the state of Baghdad/Washington, and even if the MSM won't talk about the Israel lobby, apart from Joe Klein and Jeffrey Goldberg squealing out contraband thoughts, people have heard about the Israel agenda in countless ways. On the blogosphere, in the now-licit talk on Huffpo about Israel-firsters, in James Morris's impudent questions on CSPAN (he recently confronted a foreign policy panel at the LA Book Fair about the Walt and Mearsheimer book, and my friend author Zack Karabell said, "It's a bad book," without elaboration; want to elaborate, Zack? (Morris provided this link, says Karabell called it "a terrible book"), from all the murmurings by Colin Powell, Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Glenn Kessler in his bio of Condi Rice, etc. etc. People aren't stupid. They know there's a frikkin' lobby. When Obama talks about taking on the lobbyists in Washington, there's a shadow-illumination effect on the Israel lobby. Yes he kissed AIPAC's ring in June, but it was a craven moment that even Dana Milbank found squeamish-making. And Obama is officially against lobbyists.