Biegun, who helped with Palin’s Hong Kong speech last month and was her chief foreign policy aide during last year’s campaign, told Investor’s Business Daily that the former governor showed “great passion for foreign policy and national security” during the campaign, calling it “an area on which she has great instincts.”

She’s “free-trade oriented,” he says, with “a strong sense of the importance of American leadership in the world.”

That sounds like the kind of candidate McCain is now doing his best to defeat around the country. As Palin grows in stature , it would be a good idea for McCain to let some air out of that ego — and accept the defeat he was handed at the ballot box last year.