The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder has perhaps the definitive jumping-ahead post on the GOP’s 2012 presidential ticket (assuming, of course, that McCain loses). Ambinder notes rumors that Palin is playing the GOP base against McCain—she wants to take the gloves off, he doesn’t. “Palin will be judged to be ‘ready’ in four years,” he continues. “George Will and David Brooks and Peggy Noonan will all swoon over her once more. Ok, maybe not George Will.” Ambinder also points out that with Obama presiding over an expanded federal government, the GOP will look for an “anti-government, anti-Washington” candidate to mount a challenge. Remind you of anyone?