The Note: Thousand Day Stare

"To many Republicans, Palin is not a loser and not a handicap. She is the future of the Republican Party," ABC's Kate Snow and Imtiyaz Delawala report. Said Palin: "2012 sounds like years away. What will we be doing then? Enrolling Trig in kindergarten."

"Plenty of other people are thinking about Palin's political future, however, and the debate about her will be part of the emerging struggle over the direction of the Republican Party after election losses and as it faces the end of the Bush presidency," William M. Welch reports for USA Today.

The morning after, for McCain: "With the election behind him and no transition to plan, Sen. John McCain woke up early Wednesday morning and walked to Starbucks for his morning coffee -- alone," Jill Zuckman reports for the Chicago Tribune. "That he didn't have to ride in a motorcade with lights flashing to get a cup of coffee made him incredibly happy."

The Kicker:

"I don't consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, 'You know, this is a stupid question, but let me . . . answer it.' " -- Barack Obama, fretting about the presidential debates, as quoted by Newsweek.

"There is absolutely no diva in me." -- Sarah Palin, exiting the national stage (for a while).

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