David Brooks gets to the heart of what makes the Palin selection so wrong:
Sarah Palin has many virtues. If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she’d be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness. (Emphasis added.)
Those nine bolded words capture it all. Republicans don’t believe that the government can do anything productive like, say, regulate the financial industry.