More than a spot. In fact, last night the Tea Party's tea runneth over, as its candidates (and let's remember it has yet to form itself into an actual party) in Delaware and New York won Republican primaries.
Those victories might not sit very well with the Republican establishment, but they have given Democrats renewed hope that its clubbing at the hands of the voters come November might not be as brutal as once feared.
Which brings me to Sarah Palin. (And, yes, too much of politics brings us to her these days.) She has to some extent crashed the (Tea) party and in doing so has likely reduced her chances of being the (mainstream, if there is such a thing these days) Republican Party nominee in 2012.
Somehow I doubt she cares.