Hitchens dismantles Palin. One thing manufacturing a controversey will earn you is controversey. Just like playing professional victim will draw you even more scrutiny.
Even as Andrew Sullivan and the writers at the Daily Dish go silent to focus all their energy on investigating Palin's allegations, all this is just giving her what she wants.
Her supporters will hear none of the criticisms. They will accept exactly zero inconsistencies in any of her behaviors or words. The mere temerity on the parts of some to investigate and verify her words only serve to validate the worldview of the Palinites. She is persecuted because of their inquiry. They are persecuted because they support her. They are the "true Americans" who don't understand us fake Americans who do not adore her.
Her greatest political value isn't a policy plan - it is that she pisses liberals off.