Well, never let it be said that the traditional media establishment won’t eventually catch on. David Broder, the Washington dean of politics, finally takes a deep breath only to find himself intoxicated by Sarah. The political perfume that’s been dropped on doorsteps in every conservative conclave in the nation, created the day she decided that the Republican establishment wouldn’t drive her train.

… Freed of the responsibilities she carried as governor of Alaska, devoid of any official title but armed with regular gigs on Fox News Channel and more speaking invitations than she can fulfill, Palin is perhaps the most visible Republican in the land.

More important, she has locked herself firmly in the populist embrace that every skillful outsider candidate from George Wallace to Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton has utilized when running against “the political establishment.”

“Freed of the responsibilities she carried as governor of Alaska”… That’s a good one and just as I expected, the slate brushed clean of any icky, embarrassing quitter description that would beat up Sarah’s brand.

Hillary Clinton, now inoculated and neutered over at State, with her candidacy a mere memory, has finally washed the bile from the Establishment’s throat over the possibility of her presidency. So the wannabe path for Sarah is clear and she can walk freer from the fear of Mr. Broder pronouncing she’s unfit. Especially since Sarah Palin represents the counterpoint to what’s happening, mirroring the mood of the country.

But in the present mood of the country, Palin is by all odds a threat to the more uptight Republican aspirants such as Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty — and potentially, to Obama as well. … Those who want to stop her will need more ammunition than deriding her habit of writing on her hand. The lady is good.

Oh dear, the dean invoked “O.”

There is nothing that gives the White House crew and their No One Can Beat Our Guy fans a better laugh than anyone thinking that Barack Obama would have to worry about the likes of Sarah Palin. In fact, the way the White House has been taking their sweet time on just about everything, you’d think they’d won an 8-year stint. That was assumed, right?

The dean of the Washington establishment is here to disabuse them of such high falutin thinkin’. There’s new change a foot and it doesn’t come cloaked in an Ivy League resume, GOP Establishment credentials or the centrisy-centrism, lefty moving right sort of gaming nonsense. She’s just Sarah, bringing common sense to America, something Washington sorely needs.

Palin’s “pitch perfect populism” to the rescue.

After all, the smart set blew it.