It’s customary for a running mate to be on TV as part of the post-debate spin team, but unlike the ubiquitous Joe Biden, Sarah Palin was nowhere to be found. NBC and CNN invited Palin to appear, but she spurned them.
Which reminds me — in the debate last night Uncle Grumpy never addressed all the high drama he created last week about "will he or won’t he go to the ball" that started to sound like he’d read one too many Victorian novels. It looks more and more like Andrew Sullivan was right, it was McCain’s attempt to stall (and hopefully cancel) the Vice Presidential debates he knows his running mate is not up for.
If John McCain bowed out of last night’s debate as a matter of principle, it wasn’t one so deeply held that he thought it worth mentioning.