The self-outed source for the claim that Sarah Palin had a dreadful grasp of world affairs, Martin Eisenstadt (see below before taking at face value)--
But it was clear that she simply didn’t have the ease of knowledge that we come to expect from a major party political candidate. Other slights came up, too: Not knowing the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas. Or the difference between the Shiites and Suni. Or when it came to international terrorist organizations, knowing that the IRA was in Northern Ireland, and ETA in Spain.
UPDATE: There's one very simple thing about Palin that scared people: the resemblance to George Bush.
FINAL UPDATE: As you'll see if you follow the link to Eisenstadt's post, there is now a dispute about its accurateness. More here. And here and here. Never trust Big Media. Once you have an institute with which you claim to be affiliated, the path to TV punditry is wide open. It may be time to revive the prestigious Dublin Institute for Culture and Knowledge.