She had actually done something political, for real. Like, actually was a Senator for awhile and made something happen that effects us. If she'd studied law then that would give her some weight, too ... politicians created law.
She got some business experience in Alaska, and that's nice, but her political experience there is very very weak. She didn't start anything new (but she liked to take credit for the socialized oil money for all Alaskans but she didn't start any of that, that started before her). She farmed out most of her political job, when she had it, and then just quit, for celebrity.
So jokes about "the two ladies of American politics" - Sarah Palin jokes and Nancy Pelosi jokes are not equal tit-for-tats in my book. Those two women are not in the same league, at all.
(And whatever happened to all the ignorant sexist Hillary-Witch-on-a-Broom stuff, here on Gather. Hillary didn't go away but the Hillary Hate did. That's nice!)