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It is not beyond the realm of possibility that some national security issue will rise to the fore between now and Nov. 4 and if it does, Mr. Obama and his party are badly positioned to deal with it with sufficient credibility.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Palin has become this campaign’s wild card and Obama strategists haven’t figured out how to respond to her. Joe Biden is clearly pulling his punches and that itself is becoming a story in this election.

“No one in politics likes something that’s a wild card. So they’re a little bit unsettled. And I rarely see the Obama people like this. Rarely do they concede that they don’t know what’s going on,” Time magazine’s political analyst Mark Halperin said last week on Charlie Rose’s TV show.

The Republicans are highly skilled in the art of political warfare and Sarah Palin, governor, mother of five, a hunter and a firearms enthusiast, is going to lead the charge with both guns blazing.

A sign of her appeal to voters, especially women, was seen Saturday when a jam-packed crowd of nearly 12,000 people turned out to hear her in the town of Colorado Springs that impressed Democratic observers.

Somebody in the Obama high command better tell Barack and Joe that Sarah is coming after them.

Donald Lambro, chief political correspondent of The Washington Times, is a nationally syndicated columnist.