“…Despite [Sarah Palin’s] nice turn on Saturday Night Live, she has turned toxic for the McCain camp. Palin’s cheery good looks–and her gun-toting, Bible-thumping small-town conservatism–electrified the Republican convention and temporarily transfixed the “mainstream” media… Intentionally or not, Palin’s stark and strident approach may be hurting McCain with the hard-right by vividly reminding them of what they expect a real conservative to sound like. This week she broke with her ticketmate to say that she favors a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. In moments like these, her ideological certainty makes him look soft.” [Newsweek]