Sounds to mke like you are so head over heels with Governor Palin that you go out of your way not only looking for slights against her, but also hypotheticals of how she could still come in on her white snow machine and save the day. Allow me to break it to you: The Democrat Convention was all about stirring up THEIR base. They have looked at the math, given up on swing voters, and decided that the best way for them to win is to repeat or even build on the record turnout they got in 2008. If you listen to their talking heads, they are all repeating the same thing right now: There are no swing voters anymore. I don't know whether they believe that or not, but that is their story, and they are sticking to in.
The Republican convention, meanwhile, was about wooing swing voters. Sure, there was some red meat, and the Ryan nomination was an early Christmas present to the Tea Party. But, at the end of the day, if the thought of four more years of Obama doesn't get the base riled up, even a Palin nomination wouldn't have had enough of an effect to put Red back in the winner's column. The RNC strategy is to get a repeat of 2010. We'll see who's right. I like Palin, but Romney was right to tell her to stay away. Her approval rating is 20%, and she has a 60% negative. Again, the thinking is that those of us in the 20% were going to jump at the chance to vote against Obama. And it is correct.
I agree with your analysis BUT ...
“The RNC strategy is to get a repeat of 2010.”
Can I suggest the obvious:
IF YOU WANT A REPEAT OF 2010, DO WHAT WAS DONE THERE!
They SHOULD have brought in the Tea Party energy, and other than the Rand Paul slot, Ted Cruz and maybe Rubio, they didnt have much. It wouldn’t have hurt to have Palin there, maybe not in prime time, but sometime.
More importantly, bring the themes, messages and policies from 2010 to bear. We won in 2010 because of Obamacare. They needed to make the case again as to why its bad and wrong for America.