• My daughter recently visited an optometrist, who told her that he is being swamped — swamped — with requests for glasses like Sarah Palin's. This is the 2008 version of the vision thing.

• My wife recently visited a hairdresser, who told her that he was being swamped — swamped — with requests for a hairdo like Sarah Palin's. Don't you love it when mavericks conform?

• What's the difference between Palin and McCain? A McCain rally requires a smaller hall.

• What's the difference between Palin and Cheney? Lipstick.