Sam Brownback is the first (does Tommy Thompson count? Did you even know that Tommy Thompson was once a candidate?) to leave the presidential race (the official word will likely come tomorrow). But who cares? I assure you that a good chunk of the voting public is going, “Which one was he?”

His whopping one percent of support will likely be disbursed among McCain, Huckabee, and Thompson. But the real value in his exit will be more time for other candidates during debates.

Here’s a send off for Brownback in the tradition of that other, more popular, national campaign phenomenon — American Idol.

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