Sadly true, c_b. All you have to do is say it loudly enough and get some wackos to believe you and you've got gospel truth. "Sotomajor is a racist." "Obama wasn't born in the US." "Health care reform is socialism."
I know--let's get all the intelligent folks in the world to breed, and...oh, wait. We've tried that.
Palin's authentic, all right: An authentic product of what author Charles P. Pierce calls the "Three Great Premises" of America's decayed TV celebrity culture. First, "Any theory is valid if it moves units," i..e. sells advertising. Second, "Anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough." Third, "Fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is measured by how fervently they believe it."