Think of the following scenario:
- Relations with Russia continue to cool.
- South Ossetia and Abkhazia secede from Georgia, under Russian protection.
- Russia annexes the breakaway provinces and continues to brutally censure Georgia.
- NATO is paralyzed, divided on how to respond.
- President Maverick McCain, proudly known as the Rapid Decider, sends in the troops to line up at Russian borders (Kazakstan! Uzbekistan! Kyrgyzstan! Pakistan! Whatever!)
- Tragically, the Rapid Decider, now 73 (or 74 or 75), is struck down by illness.
- VP Sarah Palin is sworn as President in just in time to fly to Paris to meet with Prime Minister Putin. (Fortunately she's had her passport since 2007 and not only that, she's already been to Germany and Kuwait with a stopover in Ireland, so she's good to go.)
- Prime Minister Putin says to President Palin, "Madame President, surely you understand the plight of the brave freedom fighters in South Ossetia, from your own experience with the Alaska Independence Party?"
I cannot wait until the VP debate.