One of the problems with business travel is being disconnected from the steady stream of news I get while I'm at home, so it wasn't until yesterday evening Pacific time that I learned of Fred's withdrawal from the race. Not that it came as a complete surprise, I just hate getting my news late.
The question now is whether McCain will tap Fred for VP. In fact, there's a dubious story circulating that the VP choice was Fred's intent all along. I'm doubtful.