Of course, not all of these searches are by Palin supporters. Indeed, according to recent polls, Palin's hated nearly as much as she's loved. But the search levels do show public interest and the intensity of that interest. And it is high. Very, very high.
It reminds me of a classic exchange from Howard Stern's movie, Private Parts:
Researcher: The average radio listener listens for eighteen minutes. The average Howard Stern fan listens for - are you ready for this? - an hour and twenty minutes.It appears that, love her or hate her, people - including the media - are desperate to see what Sarah does next. It remains to be seen whether that power turns out to be a good thing for the GOP.
Pig Vomit: How can that be?
Researcher: Answer most commonly given? "I want to see what he'll say next."
Pig Vomit: Okay, fine. But what about the people who hate Stern?
Researcher: Good point. The average Stern hater listens for two and a half hours a day.
Pig Vomit: But... if they hate him, why do they listen?
Researcher: Most common answer? "I want to see what he'll say next."