That the election was only about 6 percentage points apart in the popular vote speaks volumes about the general stupidity of a large portion of the population and the movement towards anti-intellectualism over the last 8 years.
But thank goodness that disaster was narrowly averted:
Your eyes do not deceive you: Fox News, of all outlets, piling on Palin and exposing a disaster in the making. Come on, not knowing that Africa is a continent? Not knowing which countries are in NAFTA after claiming bordering Canada and being able to see Russia as foreign policy credentials? Good fucking lord; I'm not religious, but even I am on the verge of thanking the Heavens that she didn't get elected into office and I hope that America never looks back to this brand of politics of idiocy.
Speaking of religion...
In contrast, check out Obama's stance on the topic of religion and policy:
Nuanced, well thought out, and beautifully centrist (as far as religion is concerned).