"There is a powerful clarity of consciousness in her eyes."
Sarah Palin was certainly the target of a lot of demeaning misogynist crap, which sucks even when the target is an evil theocratic wackaloon. I also suspect that if Palin had been a grey-haired man rather than a former beauty queen who fit so well into pernicious "bimbo" stereotypes, the world might never have noticed she was as dim as the microwave background. But 'ksake, she is dim, and ignorant, and incurious. If Paglia thinks otherwise, she's got a bad case of the deludes.
(Is anyone else reminded of a doting pet owner? Hey, Fluffy, biscuit! Biscuit, Fluffy! Aw, look at his eyes. He understands every word I say.)
Anyway, I propose a new system of degree classifications: First, Upper Second, Lower Second, and Powerful Clarity of Consciousness In The Eyes.