Sarah Palin may not be "going to Washington to seek [the] good opinion" of "reporters and commentators," as she put it in her speech last night. But some of those reporters and commentators offered surprisingly positive (as these things go) opinions about her speech. For example, the Washington Post's television critic Tom Shales, known for his withering take-downs, wrote, "She proved herself in the great arena; that's what counts politically. Nobody could watch that speech and still consider her a joke, no matter how flimsy her credentials and qualifications may seem on paper. The joke, it seems, is on those who'd been laughing at her. Last night the laughing ended -- and the cheering began."