No, Palin does not get a pass. Any reasonable person viewing the video knows that she totally flubbed it. That's excusable. Defending a flub as if it were real reality? Inexcusable. That rolls into "these aren't the droids you're looking for territory." "Everything is a gotcha question with her." (Remind you of any other famously foot in mouth politicians?) And, no, I won't be letting this go any time soon.
A lot of folks peddling the "messiah," the "anointed one," and "the one" narratives about an American political candidate were all correct - they just attributed it to the wrong candidate.
This gaffe is a gift that keeps on giving. And giving.