We are in the post-final debate lull, folks. The candidates appear to have scaled back their nasty language, and as a result, there’s not tons of news out there right now, other than an endorsement by a widely respected former Bush administration official.

So the Washington Post, for one, is looking ahead, to the challenges that face the next WH occupant. Read at your own risk.

The New York Times, meanwhile, answers the Clash’s call that you gotta give the people something good to read on a Sunday. The story is by Mark Leibovich and it’s all about the dudes in meathead garb and gear who show up to cheer on GOP veep nominee Sarah Palin. Here’s a little taste:

“Katie Couric and Tina Fey are going to do their thing, but it doesn’t bother me at all,” said Rob McLain, an insurance agent from Avon, Ind., who attended a packed Palin rally at an amphitheatre in Indiana on Friday night. Mr. McLain wore a “Proud to be voting for a hot chick” button and was joined by his wife, Shannan (“Read my lipstick” button on lapel), and his 6-week-old son, Jaxon (“Nobama” button on beanie).

“The criticism is part of the process,” Mr. McLain said, adding of Ms. Palin, “Who can’t trust a mother?”

*Stevens: Who asks for a bill when he’s getting a gift?

*Promotions: Now this is one badass hotel sales director.