Leno makes Parky look almost vital. As one Democrat strategist observed: “On the hipness scale, this is far from Bristol Palin on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ It’s more like Richard Nixon on ‘Laugh In’.” The Boston Herald asks what Romney can do to counter Sarah Palin’s celebrity. 'Nothing' seems to be the general consensus. But Romney can’t be forgotten amid the Palin furore; so, chatting about cars and chicks with Leno it is.
Romney’s supporters are convinced that his qualities will effervesce as the race turns from celebrity to policy, while this may be the high tide for Palin. Could Palin match Romney’s grasp of the complex economic issues that will determine the election? Not on her sweet life. Romney plans to fight star power with brain power. Whether Romney's brain will prevail is another matter.