Two things I left out of my last post:
John McCain is a despicable human being, and I've defended him for the last time. His treatment of Sarah Palin on Leno by failing to mention her as a Republican prospect is the single most outrageous act by a Republican in some time, and that's saying something. I give Sarah zero chance of becoming President, but that's because of her own failings. And of course, McCain has a less than zero chance himself.
The tea parties are much ado about nothing. Not because the participants weren't sincere and desirous of taking the country back, but because they have no means of doing it. In case you haven't noticed, neither part supports them, and they tea party-goers have no leader, so it will be business as usual in Washington no matter how much success the rallies have at the voting booth in 2010. And a thrid party would greatly lessen the success, so the dismal future continue.