Friends on the left are shaking their heads in disbelief at the absurdity of the Palin pick. That is a mistake. Because friends on the right are welcoming the choice as a galvanizing move that celebrates the power of blissful ignorance. In the finest tradition of George W. Bush, they say, voters have proven again and again that competence is not a valued quality. In two short months we will know the character of the American electorate. I won't be one bit surprised if we choose the foul-mouthed lying, adulterer with the Palin rocket in his pocket.