This interesting article on Salon today paints Sarah Palin as anything but a reformer. Rather , she's said to be a political opportunist, committed to whatever campaign tactic no-matter-how-dirty that will get her elected, and who uses and discards older, male mentors as she claws her way to the top.
According to some political observers in Alaska, this pattern -- exploiting "old-boy" mentors and then turning against them for her own advantage -- defines Sarah Palin's rise to power. Again and again, Palin has charmed powerful political patrons, and then rejected them when it suited her purposes.
If the Republicans win in November, could John McCain be Palin's next victim? Either being forced to resign the presidency due to a health emergency, leaving Palin in the most powerful political office in the world? Or by Palin running circles around him, à la Cheney/Bush, and effectively rendering him a figurehead?