Actually, I don't think that many folks are "afraid" of her, per se, we're just having fun kicking her when she's down. Many a prize fighter in her situation would know to stay on the ground and take the count. Perhaps Palin can no longer count to ten either?
Having been in her area years ago, I saw certain Wasilla ruminents with more reasoning ability than Palin (Yeah, Dover, there's another of dem' big-type grown-up words). Whomever coined "Caribu Barbie" had no idea how absolutely spot on they were with the image.
She probably gets confused when people say she isn't qualified to be President and then turns on the TV and sees Obama.