In a so far weak Republican field of presidential possibilities Palin stands out as the top dog. Other serious GOP candidates better start taking her seriously and get in the game quickly before she has a lead that can't be beaten.
While it's hard enough to predict tomorrow's weather or the 2010 midterms, here's an objective morning line on the 2012 presidential race based on three criteria and three variables. Why should Nate Silver have all the fun?
Palin is a tenacious a political fighter. She'll no doubt put the time gained of her early exit from the governor's mansion to good use -- perhaps studying up on issues for her visits to the people of Iowa and New Hampshire.