Gov. Palin’s prominence is not an indictment of tea party philosophy of smaller, less intrusive government, lower taxes and Constitutional discipline. It is simply that she is not the person that will garner wide enough appeal of that philosophy to take it to the presidential level. As long as she is the face of the Tea Party movement it will struggle to elevate itself past being a political sect or a rogue offshoot of the GOP.
The person who takes the baton from her will be the center of the biggest political story of the next 18 months.