Sarah Palin started calling it the "McCain/Palin Administration" immediately after her coronation at the Republican convention. Most of us "inside the beltway" creatures knew right away that this was a bad thing. For the vice-presidential nominee of any party to claim that he or she will exercize executive power during the administration of the presidential nominee is an act of unconstitutional bravado unsupported by history or law.
"W" gave Cheney delegated power, power based not in law but in his own willingness to sign over function and authority. It should be understood that "W" could have delegated the same authority to "Joe" Wirzelbacher (or whatever his name is). So long as he was a citizen, the same powers that "W" gave Cheney could have been "loaned" to "Joe." The point is that the "loan" of powers by Bush to Cheney was a personal matter, and the loan does not endow future vice-presidents with similar or indeed any powers or functions other than to succeed to the presidency and to act as the president of the senate. Former vice-presidents have not claimed that the presidency of the senate involved anything other than an occasional appearance in the chamber and the casting of tie breaking votes. Sarah Palin’s apparent belief that she could inject herself into the business of the senate seems to be unprecedented. It would have been interesting to watch.
Alas, it will not be.
After watching the developing dynamic of the election state by state, I have come to think that this election will be a landslide of historic proportion. This is a "perfect storm" for the Republicans. There are many cyclones that have produced this typhoon; revulsion against the proto-fascism of the neocons, the muddle that is the Bush Administration, "Darth" Cheney and his henchmen, the two wars, the failure to capture bin Laden, the stock market crash, the rumors of a coming depression/recession, etc. Add some more disasters to the list if you like. There are many possibilities.
It looked for months as though the deep seated racism of many Americans might be enough to hold back the wind, but that ancient sin and defect has not proven to be effective this time.
Obama will be president. The Democrats will hold both houses of Congress so strongly that they will be tempted to govern unwisely, pushing the country farther to the left than its nature will allow.
McCain will be finished. Perhaps he can find some peace in that. Palin will become queen of the Northwest and prophetess of the Evangelicals. Unfortunately for her, there are not enough votes in that base to elect her president.
We will see what the new adminsitration will be like.
It would be a good thing to have a government made up of human beings. pl