This is the textbook example of the Palin Derangement Syndrome (PDS). A Post Gazette columnist projects all of the derogatory character traits that he can muster at Sarah Palin, but based on what? A sample:
Those of us with vivid memories of middle school have seen Gov. Sarah Palin's type before. She was the girl who was always the first to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and the last to stop instigating fights in the cafeteria.
She was the girl who always had just enough self-awareness to know when the boys were paying more attention to her than to other girls. Her specialty was flattering the alpha boys around her. Terrified of losing her exalted place, she quickly perfected the art of saying nothing of consequence. She rambled because the boys thought it was cute. If she ever had an original thought in her head, she was discreet enough to keep it to herself. She was the conformist who fancied herself a leader.
Wow, does she also stomp on baby chicks? I would suggest that someone else is the school yard bully here - someone who assigns character flaws based on his own imagination and middle school memories.