After nine months' dating, he gets married to a woman. I wonder if that was a condition for the vice-presidency. His parents, by the way, are "ecstatic." I'd say the odds of his becoming the veep - and McCain's heir apparent - just increased exponentially. As a Crist fan, I'm happy - he'd be great for the GOP. But if I were McCain, I'd worry that if this is a marriage of political convenience and if it opens up questions about his past, we could be in a Michael Portillo situation. And no one will want that in a general election campaign.

Put this piece of news with the Obama Iraq adjustment, and you see the contours of the fall election coming into view.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to