There will be no West Coast White House in Redmond, no Air Force One with a Windows-based navigation system, no vice president Dilbert.

Alas, the ‘Bill Gates for president’ bandwagon, which launched in November with such promise and fanfare - primarily because of Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams - has pitched over a cliff and called it quits.

From an email alert just delivered to my inbox:

"Bill Gates for President...We give up! We've tried...We really have! We wanted to evoke political debate and to a certain extent we succeeded to do just that. On the other hand, we failed miserably to draw enough attention our way. Bill Gates probably noticed and read the website and our arguments, but he probably didn't feel the drive needed to go for that presidential candidacy...We would like to thank all of you who tried to get this thing to work, and we hope we've inspired some people to think about the US presidency in a way they never did before."

And so it goes.

What about Ballmer? Wouldn't he be a fun president?

By the way, I dropped an email to Adams just to make sure he had heard the bad news. Here's his reply: "So much for my king-making skills!"