Comedy gold: Lefty radio hosts crestfallen as Palin defended by ... Mike Gravel

You don’t hear their hearts actually start to break until he says, “Troopergate is going to come out in her favor.” Although the most traumatic part, surely, must have been the exchange about how the mayor of Wasilla’s experience compares favorably to Barack Obama’s. Hey, that’s not in the script.

Pessimism meter reading: 9.85 6.1 and dropping like a stone.