Check out this Rich Galen column at Townhall.com:
It is no secret that Sarah Palin is a personality with enormous public appeal. Forget about the stories that show she is hard to work with because she doesn't have a huge staff helping to figure out her scheduling logistics three months in advance.- JP
If she did have [a] large staff, there would be story after story about how she has surrounded herself with a posse of disciples, able and willing to react to her every whim and desire.
Sort of like the President's staff.
Because there is no Secret Service and no taxpayer-funded political advance men and women running around with ear-pieces and radios at a Palin event, it is far more difficult to judge how many people are packed into a high-school gym, or a community auditorium.
One of the reasons the Palin coverage has been reduced is because it became obvious that she was not living up to her reputation (nor expectations) of being a scatterbrained embarrassment to the Republican Party. It became much more useful for the press corps to press its case against the Tea Party movement by switching its focus from Palin to Christine O'Donnell.
You don't think there's an agenda? Let's pretend O'Donnell doesn't have a very good chance of winning the race for U.S. Senator in Delaware next Tuesday; just for the sake of my making this point.
It's Palin v Obama in the final week. My money's on Sarah.