Mailing it in

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Brody’s got a good story on how Sarah Palin has tried and failed to get away with just appearing by video at this weekend’s Value Voters Summit. It seems she was scheduled to appear but now, uh, since she’s in Alaska, kind of, for the weekend, can’t I just mail it in? Tony Perkins, in keeping with the summit’s “no videos” policy, said no way. The video dodge is one that George W. Bush has repeatedly used with anti-abortion gatherings and the like, and it seems clear that, seeing how she seems to have locked up the evangelical vote for the McCain ticket, the powers-that-be decided that it would be best for her not to appear before a crowd of screaming religious rightists. Will she show up in person after all? I’m betting no.