I’ve been tired of politics for the last few months, especially after the primaries ended. The primaries were a bitter fight and I had to come to terms with the result. Now we have a star in our party, and her future is bright, and for the first time today I realized that she knows it:

She knows her star is bright, and she’s going to be a leader of this party for longer than Sen. McCain will. (I mean, just do the math.) Today I realized that she’s in this for that future, for the war, not for just this one battle in this one election.No one in our party will be in a position to beat her in 2012 primaries – she’ll have the combined strengths of Gov. Huckabee and Gov. Romney – and nobody will be able to beat her for president in 2012.

They canceled her appearances today, I think, because some of her handlers realize this, and they don’t want her to reach her full potential. In Iowa today, the event went the way I’d expect it to – folks were there for her because she’s a dynamic speaker:

McCain starts speaking 18 minutes into the rally. He begins by reminiscing about the State Fair. “I’m very grateful to be here. We intend to campaign hard across the state of Iowa again…I think we’re going to be up late on Election Night, my friends, and we’re going to need your help.”

I look up, about five minutes into McCain’s address and see a steady stream of people walking out of the rally. They just came to see Palin apparently.

She’s also laying the groundwork:

Sarah Palin promises a “Palin and McCain administration” on the stump in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she was talking about small businesses.

And the reportage from the scene does suggest that the crowds are, still, coming for the bottom of the ticket. O. Kay Henderson reports that the rally began with chants of “We want Sarah.”

She knows it and we know it – she’s ready to move on up.