She did persuade her state to replace a liberal incumbent Senator with an unknown conservative candidate in the GOP primary, that equals victory.
The establishment machine that you seem to be backing, endorsed the primary loser when she mounted a write in campaign, they let her keep her committee and power, which let her pull votes from all elements of the vote that was not specifically conservative, Democrats, and very moderate Republicans.
It is your right though to hope for her victory.
The conclusions that people just leap to around here are simply amazing sometimes. Just enter the name 'Palin' into a discussion, and otherwise good rational people turn into zombies of sorts. Can she do no wrong? Has she EVER done anything wrong in your opinion? I've been around 0bama supporters who act similar whenever you say anything about him, even SLIGHTLY negative.