It's political reporting like this, from the NY Times ...
[Palin] aides have quietly pushed back against the conventional wisdom that she was considering endorsing Gov. Rick Perry of Texas,
or this, from Politico ...
In what could be seen subtly contrasting herself against the announced candidates in the Republican field — especially Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann ... — she slung an attack at the Republican candidates who raise mammoth amounts of cash,"
that lends credence to the theory of parallel universes.
Palin aides are "quietly [pushing] back" the idea of endorsing Perry? -- and her speech "could be seen" as a subtle contrast with the guy? Are these some sort of sick, inside jokes? Or just otherworldly?
Although with characteristic scorn she uttered his name frequently, Palin wasn't attacking Obama. From beginning to end of her schoolyard screed she was attacking Perry. (One may dismiss Politico's reference to Bachmann, who's toast, and who knows it, as does Palin). Her slanders of "Obama" were only those against a proxy. Hell, Palin wants Obama to win reelection, so she can go on collecting Fox paychecks as an opposition "analyst" and pretend to be leading said opposition.
Ideal for Palin would be a Romney nomination. With both Perry and Bachmann humiliated in the primaries, Palin -- in 2013, still standing unscorched -- would be in a far better position to hoist a formalized Tea Party's standard in a 2014 midterm charge, to be followed by an equally disastrous, third-party Palin run at the White House.
All of which, says my and Jon Huntsman's crystal ball, will sober up the GOP establishment, drag it back to the center-right, and leave the former ambassador sitting pretty. The Tea Partiers will be no more; they will have vaporized in the ephemeral nothingness of third-party oblivion.