So Mark Kirk’s political crush, Sarah Palin, was on Oprah (it wasn’t very interesting) and the subject of a cover story in Newsweek (the story is less comprehensible than anything Palin’s ever said, but I suspect it was more for the cheesecake cover). Because she’s a Big Deal, and must be Reckoned With.

Or, not. Sarah Palin peaked immediately after her speech at the Republican National Convention, and her political relevance is only what sinecure hacks like Matthew Continetti or confused pols like Mark Kirk bestow on her, which is to say not much. She doesn’t have a constituency; she doesn’t have a political philosophy, and doesn’t seem to be courting a movement; she really only has one thing.