Attention Obama Supporters: Be afraid. Be very afraid.: "Sarah Palin is fierce. She is a force to be reckoned with and she may very well carry John McCain into the White House."
She's smart enough not to underestimate Palin. She has the benefit of some objectivity as she's not particularly hot on Obama and still pines for Hillary.
On the other hand we have Pandora from DelawareLoonybin:
Did viewers turn off their TVs and feel confident in McCain’s selection. I’m thinking… no. "
She's extrapolating her own feelings into those of her opponent. Perhaps she considers herself well attuned to the moderates and independents. I would beg to differ. She seems mostly unimpressed and rather bored by Palin's performance. I'd count that one as underestimation.
Keith Olberman who may be stark raving mad, is not stupid. The worst he could muster was "People who like this sort of thing will find this... the sort of thing they like." Were we able to hear his internal monologue it would be moaning, wailing and a string of expletives that would last until he collapsed from exhaustion.
Similarly Andrea Mitchell is deflated: "a crestfallen Mitchell said, "The war has begun." Indeed."