Frank Rich gives Sarah Palin way too much credit. I don't think she punk'd anyone:
I do agree with Albert Brooks though. Back in the early 80s this would have been an Alan Funt reference, today we get Ashton Kutcher:
Who would have thought that Punk'd would become a political meme years after the show went off the air? On the other hand, the thought that we're all being punk'd by one political stunt or another makes perfect sense.
If you really want to go down the rabbit hole, of course, the Birthers will tell you Obama has punk'd us on his birth certificate. The Truthers would say the government punk'd us on 9/11. The rational would say that Bush punk'd us to invade Iraq.
Apologies to all rational people for lumping you in with Birthers and Truthers.