The untold story, perhaps, of Sarah Palin is the way her election could change the nature and social meaning of the word "diversity," which for the past generation has largely denoted racial or ethnic balance in various environments.
Palin used the word diversity in Thursday's debate with Joe Biden, and she fairly remarkably applied it to her own family.
Let's just say that months, or even weeks, ago that would have suggested Palin might have a Latino or two, or a black or some Asians, among her blood or marriage relations.
But such an assumption with respect to Sarah Palin would be way off base. In fact, since she made her debut at the Republican Convention several weeks ago, it's almost as if the Republicans are trying to make that era of racial diversity, as a thing to achieve, a thing of the past.
The numbers of blacks in particular have been notably reduced, and there's been a relative scarcity also of Latinos, leading many bloggers to refer to the Convention scene in the Twin Cities as a "sea of white faces."
Given Palin's continual reference to Israel as American's die-hard friend in the Middle East, it might be a strain to say she's one of those exclusionary Christian fundamentalists who view Jews as damned.
And she's made a point of saying also that while she opposed gay marriage, she does have gay friends.
In fact, it was in this latter context that she used the word diversity in the debate.
Here it is. Think on it and decide whether these thoughts are true.
"I . . . want to clarify, if there's any kind of suggestion at all from my answer that I would be anything but tolerant of adults in America choosing their partners, choosing relationships that they deem best for themselves, you know, I am tolerant and I have a very diverse family and group of friends and even within that group you would see some who may not agree with me on this issue, some very dear friends who don't agree with me on this issue."
[Photos: far left, Palin; right, clockwise from top, George Bush, Joe Lieberman, Dick Cheney, Rudy Giuliani.]