Whether that influence was harmful or beneficial is open to debate with Karl Rove and others claiming that the Tea Party Senate candidate selections backed by Palin prevented the GOP from achieving control of the Senate. (In other words, like some of our own extremist Actoids, they may have been ideologically pure but they were unelectable.)
CBS News has a contra view, exemplified by this quote:-
"My observation of Sarah Palin," says CBS News political analyst Nicolle Wallace, "is that she is one of the shrewdest political figures in our country at this moment. She's also one of the most electric."
All Adolf can say is CBS have got a bloody nerve. What a far cry from the scurrilous pursuit of Sarah Palin in which they and their antique media sculduggerous mates engaged in 2008.
As an aside, I found the most uplifting and enjoyable moment in the Fox coverage to be a joint interview with Sarah Palin and Geraldine Ferraro, the only two women to have run for election as Vice President. Both were scathing of their treatment at the hands of an irresponsible media.