Seriously, it looks as though the Frankenstein monster (oh, to be a political cartoonist!) is coming unstitched.
America has evolved into a two party country. So does the Democratic party split? Do the "my party has abandoned me" Republicans become a distinct force? Afaik, they don't have anyone obvious to coalesce around. I don't think the Religious Right has enough support any more, but that might be excessive optimism. The free market folks (and I still need to do a post about all that) are discredited now, but I don't have the foggiest about whether anyone has good theory about what to do about the current mess. The neo-cons are in better shape than the free-market folks (things are better than they were in Iraq-- you can't say that about the economy), but not good.
Palin is an interesting question. Ghu knows, I never want to hear her voice again-- it's not so much the folksiness, it's that little shriek-- but she likes winning, and I've never seen a person so comprehensively humiliated for not knowing enough. From what I can gather, she isn't stupid, she's just very practical in a somewhat short-sighted way. So she might actually learn the things she was supposed to know as potential President, at which point I have no idea what she'll believe or whether she'll be able to build popularity.
Prediction is hard, especially about the future, but what do you think?