Well, that's done. Look, I like Sarah Palin. I'm not among those who say that she's not ready for the national stage, etc. I think she's more than ready for the national stage, but perhaps not as a vice-presidential candidate. She'd be a great Secretary of the Interior, say, or a Secretary of Energy or some such. But what the heck, here she is, and in any case she is to my mind no less qualified to sit around waiting for the Big Guy to kick over then certain other recent vice-presidential candidates I could name. (For you folks on the left who enjoy ripping on Sarah Palin: seriously, there is very little difference between her and John Edwards other than their politics. He was all about style over substance; so is she. And his foreign policy experience? None, just like her.)
But history tells us that once the VP debate is done, so too is the VP candidate, who now gets shipped off to places like Ocala, Florida and Ripon, Wisconsin to rally the troops. For the balance of this period, attention now shifts to the fellas at the top of the ticket. So, goodbye Sarah; we'll see you on the other side.