MoDo is maxed out on movies mythologizing magical transformations. From her first appearance on the public stage in Wasilla in the early 90s, Palin has always been a paranoid, vindictive, backstabbing, demagogic, ignorant meglomaniac.
The same McCain advisers who later turned against Palin were impressed with her at first, when she earned adjectives like unruffled, self-confident, tough-minded and self-assured.
From Bill Ayers to Reverend Wright, “Sarahcuda” was ready to bite, telling rallies, “The heels are on, the gloves are off.”
But by the end, after Tina Fey, Katie Couric and the shopping spree, Palin had lost confidence. She became erratic.
P.S. "the gloves are off" is a dog whistle to torture enthusiasts.